oldfart saidGo in alive, come out broke.
Broke = slow death
For one of my husband's hospital stays (12 days) the total bill was almost $400,000. The pharmacy portion alone was $87,000. Fortunately with his excellent health coverage plan it actually cost us only a few hundred dollars. His hip replacement was around $50,000, of which we paid very little.
It's thanks to a Medicare supplement that costs him nothing, zero, nadda, no monthly premium at all. I have the same plan, in addition to my VA medical coverage.
Which I abandoned using here in Florida because the local VA is so terrible, even dangerous. The Miami VA is one of those that gave veterans HIV by reusing dirty instruments for colonoscopies. I was scheduled to have one there during the very time this incident was occurring, but fortunately I canceled because I already didn't trust them, having seen what a dump that hospital is. That decision may have saved my life, certainly my health.
Another stay of only 6 days cost my husband nearly $300,000. Again, our out-of-pocket costs were only a few hundred. His cheapest hospital stay was 7 days, under $200,000, for his double stroke. That time the ambulance charge was as great as the hospital bill we paid, since his plan has a rather high fixed deductible for emergency EMS/EMT service.
So in the last few years he's accrued nearly a million dollars in hospital costs. My cancer treatment cost a lot, too, I'm not sure what, but my co-pay was over $4000, that I had to pay in cash up front, before the treatment. Without adequate coverage we'd be really hurting. I don't know how some people manage - I guess they just remain sick and die.