LHS - Member
I think it would make a huge amount of sense for people to be told how much it costs them at point of use for the NHS even if you aren't actually paying at point of use.
I like this idea. I don't know how practical it is, but it doesn't have to be "here's what you could have won", way back when I was first diagnosed diabetic and we were being given the blood testing kit etc the nurse just told us "These are £50 a bottle so don't be afraid to use them, but don't waste them if you can avoid it" It genuinely did make a difference to how we used the kit, you'd think the reagent strips cost about 1p.
It also made me think how glad I am for the NHS, since as a diabetic from childhood private medical insurance would simply be unavailable in some states, the state cover is massively expensive, I earn too much for medicare (and I don't believe it covers full costs anyway) So I'd be either buying my own consumables and doctor's time- mindbogglingly expensive- or I'd be entirely dependent on employer cover. What do you call it when you can't quit your job again... Oh yeah, slavery.
The stats are pretty horrendous- if you're not fully insured, on average as a diabetic you get only 20% of the time with doctors, and only 30% of the medication/consumables- people are having to go without essential healthcare on cost grounds, for an otherwise totally managable condition. The average cost of healthcare for a US diabetic is $13,700. The short term impact is that you're 100% more likely to have to make an ER visit for diabetic issues (something that should be rare), far more likely to suffer ill health, the long term is crippling later life illness and premature death.
That's just one ailment that I pay attention to because it's mine, but it's hardly uncommon. And tbh I bet at least 9/10 have no real understanding of the costs of healthcare, they just think "Why is it so expensive? Must be red tape and waste"