The American hospital system's inflated prices and lack of transparency have become major obstacles for people seeking healthcare.
Even though hospitals are 'the' place to go if one gets stricken by an ailment, the American hospital system has made it very difficult for people to access healthcare because of inflated prices. @amandersruns on TikTok raised her voice against this after getting charged $3,620 for Tylenol. It is not a new issue at all. According to Blue Cross Blue Shield, the USA spends 3 trillion dollars a year on healthcare. It has infused a strain on families and also businesses. Hospitals are also not willing to be transparent with patients in terms of their pricing. The burden is so huge that it almost accounts for 90% of the total spending in the country.
The TikTok video is a stitch with Jill Wallace—who goes by @mamajillwallace on TikTok—and begins with her sharing her hospital bill, which amounted to 111,000 dollars. @amandersruns compared her bill amount with Jill Wallace focussing on the cost of Tylenol. For Jill Wallace, it was 180 dollars, but for her, it was even more huge. She was there for her C-Section. She said, "I was charged three thousand eight hundred dollars for 4 Tylenol. I mean like what do we do? What do we do? I'm not paying for it. I told the hospital I'm not paying it."
She was also a bit disillusioned with the pricing because her hospital does not comply with Hospital Transparency Act. Hospital Transparency Act makes hospitals reveal the reasoning and breakdown behind the charges being paid for the facilities. In America, only 14% have showcased compliance with the act. Other hospitals do not bother to showcase transparency regarding the charges levied by them on patients. In her follow-up video, she admitted that due to anger, she made a mistake about the price. The actual cost charged was $3620 for 4 Tylenol.
With some additional research conducted by the patient, she realized the actual cost of 24 doses of Tylenol was $829.99. Hospitals inflate prices of such amenities by adding the commission of administering it via IV at the hospital, salaries of everyone involved in her medical care and other costs.
Thereafter, she also brought to attention the fact that she is still privileged because of being under good health insurance. In her total bill amounting to $47,091.01, she only had to pay $5,000, otherwise, it would have been much more harder for her. She further added that "Pharmaceutical companies & insurance companies need to [be] held responsible. Crimes against humanity. I refuse. I refuse to pay such inflated prices."
Most of the people in the comment section agreed with her allegations. @realkitten43 put her points forward regarding the bill and commented, "Get your med records and compare the bill. It's a pain, but there are lots of mistakes and lies on that bill." @misslizz99 explained the strategy she applied in order to not face such a situation and wrote, "I refused basic meds at the hospital and packed in my bag for my stay." @user1197215098332 pointed out the irony in the situation by writing, "Isn't it funny that if they didn't price gouge, we wouldn't even need health insurance because we could just afford medical care."