by Taetske | 4:27 pm
(Last Updated On: December 10, 2017)

Unknown facts about Health Care Cost.

Health Care is very expensive and one needs a good insurance to cover all eventualities.


Doctor Visit

Doctor Visit


A recent post in Naturalhealth398 stated that the costs of treating diseases are staggering.  Consider the following costs for 2010:

Heart disease and stroke:                315 Billion

Cancer:                                               157 Billion

Diabetes:                                             245 Billion

Arthritis:                                              128 Billion

This is only the tip of the iceberg.  “Western medicine offers nothing – in terms of effective solutions to the most pressing health problems of our time.”  The money spent to treat the disease is not being effective. Big Pharmaceutical companies are earning millions and the people are only getting sicker. This is more evident as one continues to study the data.

Everyone living in the U.S. has heard that the U.S. health care system is the best health care system in the world.  But when we look at actual statistics, we see a different picture.

A comparative study conducted by International Federation of Health Plans titled “2015 Comparative Price Report” documents variations in prescription costs as well as select procedures.

** Average Price, 25th percentile and 95th percentile can be significantly different.



Medical Products

Medical Products



US ** UK Spain South Africa Australia New Zealand
Xarelto $292 $126 $101 $48
Humira $2,669 $1,362 $1,253 $552
Harvoni $32,114 $22,554 $18,165
Truvada $1,301 $689 $559
Tecfidera $5,089 $663 $1,399
Avastin $3,930 $470 $1,534 $956
OxyContin $265 $590 $36 $84

*Reason for Prescription and typical dosage for comparative cost analysis

Prevent or treat blood clots
30 capsules, 20 mg, 30 day supply
Treat rheumatoid arthritis
1 prefilled syringe carton, 2 syringes, 28 day supply
Treat hepatitis C
28 tablets, 4-week supply
30 tablets, 30 day supply
Treat relapsing multiple sclerosis
60 Capsules, 240 mg, 30 day supply
Treat certain types of cancer
400 mg Vial
Treat severe ongoing pain
60 tablets, 20 mg, 30+ day supply
** Average Price, 25th percentile and 95th percentile can be significantly different.



Hospital Operation Unit




US ** UK Spain South Africa Australia New Zealand
Angiogram $1,164 $2,149 $240 $270 $1,089
CT  Scan Abdomen $844 $860 $85 $233 $483
MRI $1,119 $788 $130 $455 $215 $811
Colonoscopy $1,301 $3,059 $589 $632 $372 $1,421
Cardiac Catheterization $5,061 $4,046 $2,974 $2,596 $487 $3,196
Hospital Cost per day $5,220 $424 $631 $765 $2,142


Total Hospital and Physician

US ** UK Spain South Africa Australia New Zealand
Appendectomy $15,930 $8,009 $2,003 $1,786 $3,814 $6,199
Normal Delivery $10,808 $1,950 $1,271 $5,312
C-Section $16,106 $2,352 $2,192 $7,901
Cataract Surgery $3,530 $3,145 $1,719 $1,186 $3,037 $2,740
Knee Replacement $28,184 $18,451 $6,687 $7,795 $15,941 $16,508
Hip Replacement $29,067 $16,335 $6,757 $7,685 $19,484 $15,465
Bypass Surgery $78,318 $24,059 $14,579 $18,501 $28,888 $32,480
Angioplasty $31,620 $7,264 $7,839 $6,510 $11,164 $13,677


Medical Equipment

Special Medical Equipment



Another report suggests that the healthcare costs in the U.S. are much higher.  A chart from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation gives a simple cost comparison of the per capita healthcare spending in ten of the world’s most developed countries.



Of course, there are many aspects that have a big influence on our health, not all we can control. The air we breathe is one of those things, especially in big cities when there is too much traffic and no wind sometimes these very toxic situations are created. Like in Beijing the capital of China where the traffic together with its surrounding topography, sitting in a bowl,  made the air unbreathable, many people had to check into the hospitals. In summer in Madrid, it has also happened that people walking their dog the poor animal suddenly fainted away. The gasses staying low to the ground cause animals to inhale it in first.


Chinese Acupuncture

Chinese Acupuncture and Herbs


In old times in China the people paid their doctor as long as they stayed healthy, getting sick he had failed and would not receive any more money.

Modern medicine looks at the symptom not at what caused the negative situation. Then one will get a pill often with severe side effects. In Holistic medicine one does look at the total person as everything is related, it is no use to treat 1 organ and not treat the rest. Only when total balance is achieved the person is healthy again.

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Maria Morris

Very interesting, very informative. How can there be such huge differences. The standard of living is pretty much the same in these countries. Good to have this information. Thaank you.

Apr 29.2017 | 05:43 pm


    Thank you for reading this post, Maria,

    Yes, it is quite amazing when you compare the cost of medical care worldwide. I think that the cost is so high in the US as the pharmaceutical companies are very greedy, sadly enough the overall health of the population is at the bottom of the list, probably due to eating too much fast food.

    Regards, Taetske

    Apr 30.2017 | 08:02 am

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