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The Global Cost of a Trip to the Doctor and Common Hospital Regrets

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2022


It’s no secret that medical bills add up quickly. Among doctor’s appointments, follow-up visits, the price of prescription medicines, and emergency room visits, the cost of one’s health can become feel overwhelminginsurmountable. FinancialIn fact, financial costs may deter many individuals from seeking the medical attention they might need, even when their needs are urgenty desperately need care. But are high medical care costs prices a problem unique to America?uniquely American problem?

Having dedicated our careers to handling medical malpractice claims, at We at Weiss & Paarz we understandknow the value of thorough and appropriate medical care.a positive medical experience. The cost of such care, however, can be outrageous and shocking. So, we Our marketing team decided to find out how the price of a doctor’s visit varies from country to country, and to find out . We also set out to find how finances may impact decisions Americans make about when to seek care versus when they may regret doing so Americans’ medical decisions and influence medical regrets.  


We surveyed over 1,000 Americans, with at least 50 respondents per state, to identify common hospital regrets. Respondents were asked a series of “yes or no” questions regarding how regretful they feel towards their decision to schedule various visits to medical providers in light of resulting coststheir regret of previous medical visits. Then theyRespondents were then were asked to rank their level of regret using a scale from “no regret” to “full regret”. Additional questions evaluated the role of cost in one’s decision to seek medical care or make medical decisions.

The Cost of a Visit to a Private Doctor Around the World

Map and chart showing the cost of seeing a private doctor in countries around the world.

First, our teamwe calculated the average cost of a 15-minute visit to a private doctor in countries all over the world. , These costs were then converted to the amount to U.S. dollars for comparison purposes. It turns out tPerhaps to the surprise of some, the U.S. is not the most expensive country to visit a private doctor in. Instead, the data showed that in That title goes to the unassuming Denmark t, where the average cost to see a private doctor for 15 minutes is a whopping $240: over $100 more than the second-most expensive nation and well over twice the cost of a comparablethe same private doctor visit in America. Israel, Austria, Anguilla, and Lebanon round out the top five most expensive nations in which it is most costly to visit a private doctorfor a visit to a private doctor, ranging in costs price from $119 to $137 for a routine 15-minute visit. The U.S. ranks as the eighth-most expensive nation, with a 15-minute visit to a private doctor averaging around $104. 

On the opposite end of the price spectrum are the least expensive nations to see a private doctor. The lowest cost for a 15-minute visit ($3.41) was found in Venezuela. This represents  takes the crown as the least expensive nation, where a 15-minute visit costs only $3.41: a number less than most people’s Starbucks order. This number may seem shockingly low, but a trip to the doctor in other nations at the lower end of the cost spectrum are comparable in price. The five most cost-friendly nations for a visit to the doctor are either in South America or in and around the Middle East: Kyrgyzstan, Suriname, Uzbekistan, and Syria finish out the five least expensive nations to see a private doctor, with prices all averaging under $8.

Hospital Regrets by the Numbers

Infographic explaining patients’ most common hospital regrets

Next, we took a look at common hospital regrets to better understand how price may influence the decisions Americans make about their healthcareplays a role in Americans’ medical decisions. It’s evident that Americans struggle with this issue: the data our team analyzed demonstrates  to weigh financial costs with the expense of one’s health. As it turns out, the that cost is a factor in nearly 84% of respondents’ Americans’ decisions to seek find medical care. A majority of respondentspeople—61.9%—have chosen not to seek medical care due to the cost. Consequently, our team found that nearly 40% of respondents Americans have let an illness or injury worsen after refraining from medical care due to concerns surrounding costdeciding not to go to the doctor due to the cost. For those that prioritize their health over concerns about their ability to pay for the care they need, do decide to seek medical attention, unfortunately many respondents still report feelingare plagued with financial regret. 6 out of every 10 respondents reportedAmericans have felt feeling regret after for visiting a primary care physician due to the cost. Women were found to be are more likely to report feeling suchthis  medical regret, as 62.6% of women have experienced medical regret due to finances compared to less than half (43.7%) of men.

Are Americans Ambulance Averse Due to Concerns About Cost?

Infographic displaying insights about the cost of ambulance transportation.

With so many Americans making medical decisions based on costsprice, we decided to take a look at how cost factors into emergentcy situations. Approximately one in five respondents Americans have admitted they have turned downto turning down a an ambulance ride to the hospital due to concerns surrounding the cost. Not only that, but 42% of Americans have driven themselves to the hospital instead of calling an ambulance.

Does Health Insurance Reduce Concerns About Costs?Is Insurance In, Or Is Free the Way to Be?

A series of donut charts comparing insurance to free healthcare.

Health insurance is a hot topic in America and is the center of much political debate. Our team sought to find out whether healthcare coverage reduces an average respondents’ concerns about healthcare costs when they consider whether to seek medical care. But, does healthcare help Americans forgo their financial fears when it comes to medical treatment? According to our team’s survey, over half (57%) of respondents reported Americans say they are still hesitant to seek medical care due to the cost of copays and deductibles even with health insurance coverage in place. OftentimesAnd sometimes, insurance simply doesn’t sufficiently cover the cost of medical care. 31% of respondents reportedAmericans say their doctor has referred them to a specialist that was out of network and therefore too expensive to ultimately establish care with.. 
Free healthcare is what Americans truly want, according to our survey. An overwhelming 86.8% of respondents reported their desire forbelieve that medical care to be guaranteed for all without any costshould be free, and 84.4% of respondents reported a willingnesswould be willing to pay higher taxes to make their desire a realityaccommodate that belief. As the only industrialized country without universal health coverage for all citizens, many Americans are willing to migrate in search of better healthcare. Nearly 52% of respondents claim they Americans have seriously considered moving to a different country just to guarantee themselvesbecause they have free healthcare. It’s evident that healthcare is a serious concern, and even more evident that finances heavily factor into Americans’ medical decisions.

Final Thoughts

The cost of Mmedical care may be overwhelming in America, but for many patients, these financial concerns nonetheless fall behind one’s health and medical needs.At expensive at times, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of your health and wellbeing. We at Weiss & Paarz, our specialized medical malpractice lawyers have dedicated their careers to helping patients seek justice after suffering catastrophic injuries resulting from medical malpractice. are here to help defend your rights as a patient. If you believe that you or a family member may be a victim of medical malpractice, contact us to determine whether we can help.if you have a legal cause of action.

Disclaimer: The historical information and specific statistics displayed above are solely designed to provide general knowledge to the public and are being used as a part of attorney marketing. Cited statistics and statements were taken from the research of various independent websites (referenced below). Weiss & Paarz did not take any steps to replicate the findings of any sources used in this infographic, nor were the numbers or results displayed above independently verified by Weiss & Paarz. 



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