america you are so fine

My medical costs will be over $4k

by Spencer

In South Africa the average annual income is $5,786. In Rwanda it's but $509. It’s hard to overstate how wealthy America is and how awesomely cost inefficient our health care system is. (It also makes one most grateful for health insurance. Thank you health reform and Blue Anthem!) Fun fact: Rwanda has universal healthcare. (Though it's paid for by Western charity.)

In all fairness, my body has been inundated my medication. Here's a partial list:

  • Polio booster
  • Hepatitis B (got this as a kid but awkwardly my blood tests showed no immunity)
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus booster
  • Yellow Fever
  • Meningitis
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Mefloquine / Larium (malaria prophylaxis)
  • Doxycyline (generic antibiotic for the trip)
  • Typhoid

Rabies was the most expensive. $1600 for three shots and it only lasts a year. If you get rabies, even with the vaccine, you must get additional treatment within a couple days or you die. The emergency treatment is out of the TV show House – they induce a coma and then sit back and wait, hoping that your body produces enough antibodies before your brain goes berserk. Amusingly, given our Wisconsin roots, the treatment is called the "Milwaukee Protocol". Only a couple people have ever survived an extended exposure to rabies.