The population of leukemia patients is about several millions from thousands of families in China. But what is more terrible than the leukemia is the whopping cost of cure treatment.
The astonishing Chinese comedy-drama movie “Dying to Survive” talks about a Chinese leukemia patient who smuggles cheap but unproven cancer medicine from India for 1,000 Chinese cancer sufferers. One quote in the movie said by the protagonist caused wide discussion online, “There is only one kind of disease in the world, that is poverty disease! There is no rule of law.”
No one wants to die; they all want to live. However, even living has become a luxury for them without money. The average cost of leukemia treatment needs around RMB 100,000 to RMB 800,000. The hematopoietic stem cell transplantation needs RMB 690,000. This extremely expensive cost has caused thousands of families to give up.
Ex 1: A mother sold her house in order to treat her child. “I wanted to sell RMB 250,000 – 300,000. However, I only sold 180,000 because I urgently needed money, but it is still insufficient.”
Ex 2: A friend of a leukemia patient. “My friend unfortunately had leukemia, but his parents give up any cure treatment right away [because of the unaffordable medical cost]. I do not know if he is alive now?”
Ex 3: After a relative was confirmed to be leukemia, the first thought they woke up every day was: where can we go to raise money, who is willing to lend money to us. They also wanted to sell blood and sell kidneys
When we stay up, drink, and smoke at the cost of devastating our healthy bodies, tens of thousands of people desire to have a healthy body in order to extend their lives. Humans are subtle and brittle in the confrontation of death and disease. Purchasing a health insurance, therefore, seems extremely necessary.
Almost every individual has his or her health insurance in the United States (aka 美国医疗保险). The coinsurance and copayment help them save thousands of money, if they have diseases. This is the reason why every international student is asked to buy an International Student Health Insurance (aka 留学生 保险) plan, OPT Insurance (aka opt保险), or Travel Insurance in America (aka 美国旅游保险) based on his/her visa. Although the cost of health insurance in the U.S. (aka 美国医保费用) is usually not low, it is wise to buy a plan for oneself and his/her spouse(s), dependent(s), and family member(s). You may find more information on tigerless.com with more details about the U.S. international student health insurance recommendation (aka 美国留学生保险推荐)