As some of you know, I live in Canada. The only bill I saw was $45 for the ambulance. That's the only bill I will see for surgical, medical, and 28 days in the hospital. The level of care my mother received is available to all Canadians. She does not have any personal health insurance plan. Her plan is The plan.
My wife delivered a baby for a client last week. She's on Medicare. She is poor. She is also a rape victim and she has been homeless.
There are about six different insurance companies that administer Medicare in our state. Five of those plans pay us exceptional dollars for delivering a baby. One of them pays us zero dollars. She was on the zero dollar plan. She was able to switch to one of the other five... effective July 1. She delivered the baby June 29.
We made zero dollars.
Our state requires us to administer vitamin K shots to all women unless they refuse it in writing. Medicaid reimburses us $3 less than it costs us to purchase vitamin K shots.
As most of you surmised, I live in America.