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Why Is An Appendectomy In The United States 10 Times More Expensive Than An Appendectomy In Mexico?

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

This is what can happen when you go to a socialized healthcare system.  A lot of people out there believe that the United States has a free market healthcare system, but that is actually not true.  The percentage of the population that receives government-subsidized healthcare is rapidly approaching 50 percent, and the healthcare industry may be the most heavily regulated sector of the entire U.S. economy.  Every year the rules, red tape and regulations seem to get even worse, and every year health insurance premiums rise much faster than the overall rate of inflation.  If we don’t start applying free market principles and start getting healthcare costs under control, our entire healthcare system could very easily implode.

I would like to share with you an excerpt from an article by former DEA agent David Hathaway.  According to Hathaway, the average cost for an appendectomy in the United States is $33,000

My son had an attack of appendicitis late Saturday night. I knew that the Obamacare inflated prices for surgery in the U.S. would be ridiculous and that the service would likely be impersonal, involve long waits, and be nerve-wracking. I have friends in the medical field so I inquired just for grins. The price for the latest routine appendectomy in my area was, my jaw dropped, $43,000. I read on-line that the average cost for an appendectomy in the U.S. is $33,000. I am not near some of the great direct-pay medical facilities in the U.S. like the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, but I am near Mexico. I chose that option since I have often utilized foreign medical and dental facilities in the past and find the service and prices to be outstanding.

You can buy a very nice brand new car for $33,000.

How in the world did we get to the point where costs have escalated so far out of control?  Should performing an appendectomy really be this expensive?

I can imagine that some of my readers may be thinking that the quality of care down in Mexico is much lower, but this is actually not the case at all.  Here is more from David Hathaway

My son was checked into a private room with private bath and satellite TV awaiting his surgery. The surgical staff was prepped and ready to start within an hour-and-a half of our arrival. The appendix was ruptured, so extra precautions were taken to clean and flush the abdominal cavity. Since the appendix was ruptured, the chief surgeon said that my son should stay two days to receive intravenous antibiotics to prevent the development of peritonitis.

The surgery was a success, and David’s son did stay in the hospital for two full days in order to receive the antibiotics that the doctor suggested.

But despite the extra time, the bill for the appendectomy was still less than 10 percent of what it would have been if the appendectomy had been performed in the United States…

The hospital stay was for 48 hours in a private room where my wife was allowed to spend the nights with my son sleeping on a couch in his room. This cost would have been significantly less if we hadn’t incurred emergency fees and if the appendectomy had not involved complications which required a longer stay and more medication. Despite all that, I though the total price of $2,830 dollars was very reasonable.

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SATELLITE PHOTOS AND GEOENGINEERING

by Joseph P. Farrell, Giza Death Star:

This amazing series of photographs was spotted and shared by V.T., who deserves a big thank you. My reasons for sharing these with the readers here are manifold, firstly, because of their inherent interest, secondly, because I have myself personally seen similar types of formations in clouds, and thirdly, because those formations that appear in some of these pictures, and which I myself have personally seen, merit some commentary by way of some very high octane speculation.

A VERY ODD STORY FROM AUSTRALIA

by Joseph P. Farrell, Giza Death Star:

There’s a very strange story that’s developing in Australia, and I don’t mean the one about its gold reserves, which I blogged about yesterday. As far as I know, there’s absolutely no known connection between the yesterday’s story and today’s, other than in my always highly speculative intuitions and high octane habits of speculation. We’ll get back to that, of course.

The story was noticed by Mr. J.D., who in addition to passing along the original story, did a little digging and came up with… well, you’ll see.

Professional Athletes suffered at least 890 Cardiac Arrests and 579 Deaths following Covid-19 Vaccination in the past year; & FIFA Football Deaths increased by 300%

from Daily Expose:

More than 769 athletes have collapsed on the field during a game from March 2021 to March 2022, and an updated report by ‘Good Sciencing’, a team of investigators, news editors, journalists and “truth seekers,” has detailed 890 cardiac arrests and other serious issues among athletes, including 579 deaths, following COVID-19 shots.

Meanwhile, an investigation conducted by ‘The Exposé’ has uncovered that FIFA football deaths in 2021 were 300% / 4x higher than average rate recorded between 2009 and 2020, with the number of deaths occurring in December 2021 alone equalling the annual average for the last 12 years.

769 Athletes Collapsed This Year During Competition. What’s Going On?

by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Childrens Health Defense:

Story at a glance:

  • More than 769 athletes have collapsed on the field during a game from March 2021 to March 2022.
  • The shocking statistic was revealed by One America News Network (OAN), which also found the average age of the athletes who suffered cardiac arrest is just 23 years old.
  • An updated report by Good Sciencing, a team of investigators, news editors, journalists and “truth seekers,” has detailed 890 cardiac arrests and other serious issues among athletes, including 579 deaths, following COVID-19 shots.
  • With cases like these becoming impossible to ignore, even a mainstream media sports channel in Australia speculated that the health issues could be linked to COVID-19 shots, and one of the hosts acknowledged that multiple players have suffered from heart issues and Bell’s palsy following COVID-19 booster shots.

Part II of Ukraine and Inflation, Can Russia Enact a Gold Standard?

by Keith Weiner, Monetary Metal:

In Part I we discussed how the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine will lead to inflation, but not in the way most people think. In Part II we discuss the possibility of Russia repudiating the dollar and going on a gold standard. Can they do it? How would the world react? Why not enact a Bitcoin standard instead?

The Russian central bank reportedly has over 2,000 tonnes of gold. We have seen three arguments repeated many times, both in finance/economics articles and on social media.

One is that Russia can pay gold for goods, to work around being locked out of the SWIFT payments system.

India Is Mulling Rupee-Ruble Payments System for Trade with Russia

by Jerri-Lynn Scofield, Naked Capitalism:

India is discussing how to set up a rupee-ruble payment mechanism to enable it to trade with Russia, to circumvent the U.S. sanctions regime.

India abstained from voting on the March United Nations (UN) General Assembly Resolution demanding an end to Russian offensive in Ukraine (General Assembly resolution demands end to Russian offensive in Ukraine).

Since its Independence, India has tried to steer a neutral course between the U.S. and Russia (and previously, the USSR). During the 1950s, India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was a prime architect behind the Non-Aligned Movement, under which developing countries tried to pursue their national interests without binding themselves to either the U.S. or Soviet bloc.  India, Indonesia, and Yugoslavia were mainstays of that movement, which today includes 120 member states, 18 observer states, and 10 international organisations.

Federal Job Fakery Hits Peak Balderdash

by David Haggith, The Great Recession Blog:

The White House warned us the payrolls print would be low due to Omicron. Bank economists ranged from low to sub-basement negative numbers for today’s expected payroll print. Then the number came out massive beyond belief … and self-contradictory beyond belief as well.

467,000 jobs added to the economy in January — four times higher than what economists expected on average and even double the highest guess by economists, many of whom had joined the White House in expecting a negative print!

More than Half-Past 2021

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by A.E., Survival Blog:

I have a love-hate relationship with prepping. I love the planning and preparation, playing the game of “What if?” for probable problems in my/our future; the ready access to supplies without running errands to pick up ‘stuff’ on a regular basis. I hate the prospect that preps are necessary due to possible life or death problems. It means things are not stable and therefore dangerous to me and mine. So let’s look at some of our instability that could lead to problems.

First of all, our government is being run, pretty much top to bottom, by political hacks who usually have never held down a real job. They may be good at political infighting, but forget about real planning and activities for the good of the republic. It appears they believe their own storylines or maybe they have been partaking of too much fairy dust. Their mantra seems to be: “Spend, spend, spend, and devil take the hindmost.” They also have no concept (or they don’t care) of unintended consequences. For all of that, they also look to be supporting the Mexican cartels by trying to ignore them while pumping a maximum number of illegal immigrants (future Democrats, they hope) into the US systems. I’m sure the Cartels love that, as it gives them greater control and access to and in the US.

Venzuelan Collapse SCAM: “Damaged” US Dollars Being Exchanged for Less Than Actual Value

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by J. G. Martinez, The Organic Prepper:

When a collapse occurs, aside from the obvious, there are plenty of things that happen. Chaos theory kicks in, and depending on the location, crazy things transpire. An example of this is Singapore and what happed that led to it being one of the world’s safest countries.

A brief history of Singapore: Singapore in the middle 50s and 60s had serious problems: unemployment, housing shortage because of over-population, racial tension, and corruption. Though hospitals were still running, if you wanted care, a bribe was necessary. Mafia and crime were a concern also.

PAP (The People’s Action Party Est 1954) became the ruling political party of Singapore in 1965. PAP took steps to increase the penalties for corruption, something that many countries take lightly. The worst punishments were for those robbing the social programs with the most impact, like health, education, or childhood/elderly care. The governing party also proceeded to pass bills regarding state employees, their positions, and their financial accounts. The reason for monitoring the accounts was to track down those who were giving or accepting bribes. As a result of the new bills, many state employees were sent to jail, thereby cutting down corruption. Some of them even received the death penalty. Drug dealing was another crime punishable by death.  

European Central Bank Takes Bond Market Manipulation to the Next Level

by Peter Schiff, Schiff Gold:

Peter Schiff recently explained how the Federal Reserve has rigged the US Treasury market. Well, the European Central Bank has taken bond market manipulation to the next level.

According to Bloomberg report, the ECB is buying bonds to control the yield spread between debt issued by various EU countries. As a result of this central bank mechanization, the spread between the yields on German and Italian bonds has remained “remarkably stable” despite the Italian government teetering on the verge of collapse.

Special Report: Evangelical Christianity In Crisis

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

The evangelical movement in the United States has reached a moment of reckoning.  To the surprise of many readers, this is actually not an article about Donald Trump.  Yes, evangelicals have become very closely linked to President Trump over the past four years, and this has deeply affected how many outsiders view the evangelical movement.  But no matter what happens politically, evangelical churches will just continue to keep doing what they have been doing.  In the long-term, the success of evangelical Christianity in America does not depend on the political success of Donald Trump.

COVID-19 is a criminal hoax, murder — you’ve been duped: Nurse blows the whistle on government-sponsored op

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by Shepard Ambellas, Intellihub:

“… they need the funding so they take them and they tell them that pretty much if they don’t get on a vent then they likely won’t survive but the reality is if they get on that vent then the likelihood of them walking out of the hospital is slim-to-none.”

 A nurse named Erin Olszewski worked undercover at two U.S. hospitals over the past few months where she was able to document the reality of what has been taking place from within the Electronic Health (EHR) database at the highest level during the purported COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak which has decimated the lives of many Americans who have been forced to succumb to unconstitutional lockdown regulations and mandates at the threat of their expense, arrest, and or indefinite imprisonment and President Donald Trump is sitting back and letting it all happen. The total dismantlement of the United States.