Andrew T. Gray is a physician’s assistant who had often told patients not to worry about the cost, to worry about their health. And then he found himself admitted to the ER without insurance. OOPS.
“Why does Gleevec, a leukemia drug that costs $70,000 per year in the United States, cost just $2,500 in India?” THE ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU! (Actually it probably won’t. Patents, is the reason, and This Atlantic article on drug companies and patents and the Indian government explains how drugs are priced and how some people are trying to change that and have been trying to change that for a long time.)
Annabelle: What is a reasonable amount to pay for a root canal in NYC because I have to get one and HOLY SHIT
Ester: Oh no!
Annabelle: It is so expensive. Should I go to the suburbs?
Ester: :( :( :( You don’t have dental?
Annabelle: No. we don’t. [My boss] claims that dental insurance isn’t worth it/isn’t possible for small businesses. And I naively didn’t put nearly this much into my FSA. It’s $2,100!!!!
Ester: Oh wow.
Annabelle: Bonkers right.
Ester: Totally bonkers.
Annabelle: The economy of dental confounds me. Is dental insurance worth it? What is reasonable?