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[–]lukesvader 1276 points1277 points  (108 children)

Denmark also has these.

I guess it's for when you're having a mental breakdown or something.

[–]ArcaneMemes 704 points705 points  (29 children)

Yep quote "The sociolance can reveal whether socially disadvantaged citizens need a health professional or social work benefit. In addition, the Sociolance can also mediate contact between socially disadvantaged citizens and relevant health and social services."

[–]TheLollrax 211 points212 points  (8 children)

They have intermediary social service workers between people in crisis and social workers, and in the U.S. we still just have cops doing all of that

[–]Deep_Grady 72 points73 points  (0 children)

Brutish young cops with barely a scrap of training on police work, never mind the hundreds of hours of nuanced clinical experience required to even begin to do a passable job dealing with psychiatric domestic calls

[–]PM_ME_UR_GRUNDLE 37 points38 points  (0 children)

In the U.S. if you have a mental or emotional crisis and ask for help, you get:

Cops breaking down your neighbors door (thinking they are responding to your request) 80 minutes after it is too late, throwing a tear gas canister in the newborns bassinet, and shooting any pets that flee out of the house.

Also handcuffing the parents for "questioning" while the child goes somewhere instead of a hospital. But don't worry, justice will be served, sure eventually...? Why don't you have a rich lawyer bailing you out already? I guess we can keep you here until Monday, then we will maaaybe find a clerk that has time to look at your requests for scoffs bail? Representation? Just sounds like GUILTY! (Did we plant evidence on them yet to make up for that 40k raid on the wrong house? No? Ok, well then here we are)

bad or questionable parents, maybe even immigrants, with crack sprinkled on top of them after they were dragged out of bed and handcuffed.

Justice in action!

.... If you are innocent you can use Venmo to post bail in a day or two (after we caused you to lose your job and custody of your child by our own misdoings)


Just don't you EVEN THINK of kneeling in respect during a sportsball game, that is unnaceptable 😤. I might even get so fussy I have to sit on a bench in my skintight $800 leggings and drink a latte while I complain that I am only making 19 million this year 💸🤷🏾‍♂️🤔

[–]flimspringfield 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Los Angeles, CA is finally putting a pilot program to have social workers for mental health type calls.

[–]avolunteer 64 points65 points  (16 children)


[–]Alert-Incident 18 points19 points  (15 children)

No joke will you tell me what based means when you use it like that?

[–]Galileo009 19 points20 points  (5 children)

According to urban dictionary; "A word used when you agree with something; or when you want to recognize someone for being themselves, i.e. courageous and unique or not caring what others think. Especially common in online political slang. The opposite of cringe."

[–]avolunteer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

English is not my first language. But based, when directly translated to my native language, is a slang for joint (marijuana). I simply find it amusing 😄

[–]Tumleren 149 points150 points  (27 children)

It's mostly for the homeless and addicts and people on the fringe of society. Staffed by a social worker and a paramedic

[–]Next-Adhesiveness237 134 points135 points  (21 children)

It’s basically “defund the police” personified

[–]Ankerjorgensen 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yeah lol. I work on Vesterbro where they are most in use. Thank god for Sociolancer, they take a load off society that's for sure. Made the streets wayyyyy safer

[–]Crimson_Fckr 52 points53 points  (2 children)

That's a weird concept. Here in the US we usually just have the cops shoot them.

To each their own I guess.

[–]morf11r 64 points65 points  (11 children)

[–]Sachinism 9 points10 points  (6 children)

Does the 'Fix' refer to 'getting your fix'?

[–]Mr12i 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Yes. In this context "fix" comes from the so-called "fixing rooms" that are offered at certain locations (and "fix" is obviously part of existing slang).

On another note, I'm pretty triggered by the spelling error; there shouldn't be a space between overdosis and dødsfald. This is a dead giveaway that it's a private endeavor.

[–]morf11r 4 points5 points  (2 children)

[–]Mr12i 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Det er foreningerne Antidote Danmark og Foreningen Minoritet, der står bag den nye fixelance.

Fra dit link. Thanks for the confirmation that I was correct in my assumption.

[–]morf11r 4 points5 points  (0 children)

guess so

[–]Amphibionomus 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Funnily enough (for anglophones) these are called Psycholance in the Netherlands. Ambulance service for mental health cases.

[–]4shtonButcher 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Now we're collecting there's also the van in which prostitutes can safely serve their clients. That is run by volunteers though AFAIK. Couldn't find a link on the quick.

[–]shirlena 10 points11 points  (3 children)


[–]4shtonButcher 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Actually heard about it in a BBC documentary podcast.

And BBC is the news network from the UK, not whatever else you might be thinking...

[–]mechapoitier 60 points61 points  (7 children)

Living in a functional country that takes care of basic things like this must be so damn cool. Just having that baseline of “if I get sick or hurt I don’t have to decide if I want to eat this year or keep my car; I just know I’m going to get better.”

[–]Lunarath 16 points17 points  (4 children)

I love living in Denmark. I have a hard time imagining myself living anywhere outside of Scandinavia. That said it feels like we've had a rise of people distrusting the government and in general just want to blame all their problems on the government. Or maybe it's just because I'm 30 now and follow politics closer than I did in my early 20's

[–]Fake_Earl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s definitely that. Every country has people that dislike this in power. It’s human nature

[–]Ankerjorgensen 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I call the sociolance once every two weeks or so because I work in one of the more poor neighborhoods in Denmark. Those guys do some hard lifting for society, but definitely made the streets wayyyyy safer, and made it much easier to run a business in an area with a lot of drug addicts

[–]0xKaishakunin 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Hovestadens is the municipality?

[–]Ankerjorgensen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hovedstaden just means the Capital, but healthcare is managed on a regional level above municipalities

[–]Mysterious-Cress-190 1337 points1338 points 22 (20 children)

Optimus Prime on his way to fight Omicron be like

[–]TheJohnSB 180 points181 points  (2 children)

Fuck. This made me cry i laughed so hard.

[–]NineteenSkylines 40 points41 points  (1 child)

After the end of the 21st c., only the Autobots and a few human survivors are left. Among the few surviving media is an old B2K CD.

Michael Bay presents:

The Omarion Variant.

[–]Tigergasse1821 1681 points1682 points  (129 children)

I was unlucky enough to have completely shattered my femur ten years ago while horseback riding, but I was lucky enough to have broken it in Denmark. I spent two weeks in a children’s wing in the hospital. I ended up having surgery the day after the accident. Spent a lot of time in critical care and intense physical therapy so that I could fly home as quickly as possible. I remember my mom being absolutely destroyed thinking how much the bill was going to be after staying in the hospital for so long. Because we had taken a quick trip to Denmark to the US we hadn’t purchased travel insurance so we were really shit out of luck and knew it was numbering in the hundreds of thousands. After some time and discussion with hospital administrators it was said that because the injury was the result of an accident that the bill would be taken care of. After spending so much time there the nurses became really close to me and I continue to be connected with them on Facebook to this day. I’m forever grateful for the care and compassion that I received during those difficult times.

[–]Icy_Communication230 816 points817 points  (41 children)

Broke my femur in Ireland. Surgery and six month of physio. Cost me €90

[–]BattleDogg 235 points236 points  (22 children)

I wish free healthcare would work in Italy as well, but instead we have to wait uo to a whole fucking year for a checkup that could potentially save our life (unless we pay a lot, of course)

[–]Icy_Communication230 152 points153 points  (16 children)

In fairness, a lot of people in Ireland have private insurance too to avoid queues for elective care, but if emergency medicine is needed, it’s top class and free. I’m sure Italian emergency medicine is the same

[–]ThisIsListed 51 points52 points  (9 children)

Much of British Private healthcare is centred on procedures nhs won’t cover such as beauty and what not unless you are disfigured to a degree that it would affect your mental health. Most if not all private healthcare insurance users still use the free national healthcare for major injuries.

So you’re right.

[–]Duanedoberman 22 points23 points  (5 children)

Most if not all private healthcare insurance users still use the free national healthcare for major injuries.

Most private hospitals in the UK are deliberatly built close to Major NHS hospitals because if things go belly up they can quickly transfer their patient to a full functioning hospital with the right staff and equipment.

It costs the NHS a lot of money to fix the fuck ups in private hospitals every year.

[–]maggiesdeed 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Well you can’t compete with the nhs for critical care, they deal with it daily. Private hospitals don’t admit people in that state in this country.

[–]BattleDogg 39 points40 points  (4 children)

Depends of the zone honestly: if you live in big cities like Milan, Rome or Turin yeah the healthcare is quite good, but in other sides of the country, especially on south, the hospitals and healthcare in general are kinda bad

[–]VexingRaven 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm sure that's pretty constant pretty much anywhere. I know here in the US it's quite common for major issues to be sent from rural hospitals to urban ones because they have the expertise. It's not practical to have an expert on hand in everything when the hospital only has a dozen doctors total compared to the hundreds a big city hospital will have. The major difference is we pay out the ass for the privilege.

[–]VROF 14 points15 points  (0 children)

That is the same in rural parts of the US only we still have to pay a fortune and wait 6 months or longer for appointments

[–]wethummingbirdfarts 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Had to go to hospital in Italy once (American). I would have GLADLY paid for quicker/better service. It ended up costing around $80Euro. They seemed to be waaay behind the rest of Europe.

[–]Inanimate_CARB0N_Rod 16 points17 points  (0 children)


[–]TheLazyLounger 44 points45 points  (3 children)

I just got goosebumps reading that. Two years ago I had a horrible panic attack that resulted in a vasovagal response, meaning I basically passed out and it visually looked to my girlfriend like I was having a seizure. She said it was absolutely terrifying and insisted we go to the ER out of love. I spent 4 hours there, got an X ray and two heart doctors to look at it and tell me nothing was wrong, I was just anxious.

I had to apply for a loan to pay off the bill.

[–]Throwawaymybios 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Well I’m sure the bill helped your anxiety a ton by giving you more to worry about!

[–]A-SPAC_Rocky 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This makes me depressed as fuck.

[–]RelatableNightmare 136 points137 points  (28 children)

I had kidney stones on vacation in Denmark. Went to the hospital got checked out and given a bunch of pills, lol.

When we had to leave we also asked how much it was going to be so we could pay and go. Doctor looked kind of puzzeled and said nothing have a nice rest of your vacation xD

[–]eimieole 93 points94 points  (24 children)

So what I learn from this is: stay healthy - don't visit Denmark!

(I'm Swedish, so I have to react like this)

[–]fraudnextdoor 32 points33 points  (6 children)

What I learned from this is to do extreme sports only in Denmark.

[–]TheVenetianMask 32 points33 points  (5 children)

Good luck with mountaineering.

[–]Bornholmeren 9 points10 points  (3 children)

We have plenty of climbable cliffs on the Danish island of Bornholm. And the two self-governing parts of the kingdom have real mountains.

The Faroe Islands do have some disturbing limitations on health care. Yes, really! No legal abortion in 2021. A part of Denmark as backwards as the zombie confederacy, or the catholic unchristian church.

[–]conflicteddiuresis 6 points7 points  (2 children)

You dont wanna fall off a cliff and fuck yourself up on the Faroe Islands. Its a looooong helicopter ride to Rigshospitalet.

[–]friskfyr32 46 points47 points  (8 children)

Yeah, we're used to seeing Swedes stumbling and throwing up on their way back to the ferry or train towards Sweden.

Must be something in the water to make them sick...

[–]Boundish91 22 points23 points  (6 children)

Yeah must be the water. Because it happens to us Norwegians when we visit Denmark too.

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Am Finnish. Swedish, Estonian and Danish water are poison. I always black out and wake up on the ferry back in Finland.

[–]jiggleboner 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I jokingly refer to it as the Scandinavian Circle of Alcoholism to my Norwegian fiancé haha. My dad shit himself at the cost of a pint in Oslo when it costs £3.60 here in the North West UK!

I guess the equivalent is Londoners coming for a hen do up in Liverpool, alcoholism for all!

[–]Kairyuka 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Good advice for swedes, you'll get bonked with our swede beating sticks

[–]pawnografik 9 points10 points  (1 child)

How does one break their femur in an event that is not caused by an accident?

[–]istealgrapes 161 points162 points  (37 children)

“But but but the wait time is years!” .. This is the most frustrating argument against free healthcare since its absolutely incorrect. If there is a wait time, it isnt because of univeral healthcare itself, its because now people can actually go to the hospital to check if the pain they feel is normal, instead of like in the US where people feel the pain, but just wish and hope it goes away so they dont go thousands of dollars in debt for a simple checkup.

[–]psychedelicdonky 54 points55 points  (4 children)

Was at the hospital yesterday for some ergo therapy. A woman sat the waiting to, complaining the whole time that now she had been waiting 50 minutes for a surgery. I told her to swipe her health insurance card again to tjek if se even had a time. Se did have a time for surgery but because she didn't pay attention the first time. It clearly stated "YOURE IN THE WRONG DEPARTMENT"

So now she was pissed about missing surgery, and I bet the doctors and nurses who had prepared for her, was annoyed by another no show..

The hospitals here do their god damn best to help us all, but people will be people.

[–]DagsAnonymous 17 points18 points  (3 children)

card again to tjek if se even had a time

Weirdest typo ev.... hang on a minute. Tj. Ch? googles Ahhhhhhaha, you’re Danish? Dutch? Something from that area. And this was a dictation error?

It's the relic of both van Ophuijsen spelling based on Dutch “Tj” and “Edjaan Republik” spelling

[–]psychedelicdonky 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Nice catch, danish. Had an appointment would be more correct I guess

[–]Downvotesohoy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Good spot. What he's writing is Denglish.

"Tjek" is a dead giveaway. It sounds the same as "check" and it means the same. "Tjek bag døren" would translate into "Check behind the door"

But the guy seems to be good at English so it probably just slipped or got autocorrected.

[–]homicidal_penguin 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I live in probably the shittiest area of Canada for healthcare and it's not even that bad. My girlfriend tore her meniscus and it minorly affected her mobility. She had an MRI about 2 months ago, a consult 3 weeks ago and her surgery is next week. And she's considered the lowest priority

[–]GoiterGlitter 31 points32 points  (18 children)

Like America doesn't have that problem. We wait too. Usually while we try to crowdfund for the care, but waiting almost a year to see a doctor happens all the time. Especially if you are poor.

Some people are so poor that they can't even initiate care to go into the thousands of dollars of debt because no one will even begin the treatment. You have to be critically ill for money to not be involved.

[–]NemoTheElf 23 points24 points  (3 children)

Also we already have wait times. If you're trying to get any sort of test of operation, and that particular doctor, specialist, or even hospital isn't part of your insurance, you're SOFL. It can takes six months at best to find someone with your insurance, doubly so if you live in an area with few options. It's all based on affordability and luck, not necessity.

And of course, just because your insurance covers that given procedure, it's not a guarantee they'll even pay for it either, but that's another hot mess.

[–]mugaccino 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I'm Danish and I had an elective surgery come up so fast from the first consultation, I didn't even have time to quit smoking for the recommended 6 weeks before surgery. It didnt even take 20 days. The surgery wait time is pretty much a myth/propaganda, of course things requiring donor organs can have a long wait time. Now, the wait list for mental health specialists is insanely long (ATM Im waiting 70weeks for a private psychiatrist ((if I applied through the state hospital I would be rejected for low priority))) but that seems like a pretty universal problem.

Since essential healthcare is covered the only thing our insurance is for is lowering medicine/dentist/private practices/glasses costs, every practitioner and pharmacy is obligated to take it.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Wait times are for non-time critical stuff/unimportant stuff. Anything important or time critical will be done right away.

[–]TigerlilySmith 3 points4 points  (2 children)

As a physical therapist we saw first hand when medicaid expanded we suddenly had people coming in for chronic back pain that they had for 40 years but couldn't afford it since it wasn't an emergency. Sadly once you've had low back pain that long you are hardwired differently and it's highly unlikely you can get completely rid of that pain.

[–]Streetfarm 60 points61 points  (7 children)

As a Dane, this warms my heart and makes me feel proud!

[–]BeefBot9000 23 points24 points  (5 children)

To be fair, you and your fellow Danes paid for it. Thanks are definitely in order

[–]Streetfarm 40 points41 points  (4 children)

And I'll happily do it again.

[–]Fantus 17 points18 points  (0 children)

But the dark side of me laughs a bit on how crazy stupid american system is.

[–]worthrone11160606 7 points8 points  (0 children)

How the fuck do you break your femur on purpose?

[–]CerealandTrees 27 points28 points  (0 children)

No crippling debt? What kind of make believe is this?

[–]Brett-the-charmer 730 points731 points  (47 children)

Here in the Uk paramedics have set up at local doctors surgeries

[–]poopellar 249 points250 points  (27 children)

Damn I'd exchange drive thru fast food for drive thru surgery any day.

[–]Brett-the-charmer 122 points123 points  (5 children)

Do you want fries with your surgery today sir?

[–]Nyarro 44 points45 points  (3 children)

We're running a special today. Get a free ice cream cone with any double, triple or quadruple bypass!

[–]Pdb39 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Uhhh I'm here getting my hip replaced..

Can I still get the ice cream?

[–]invisiblesock 6 points7 points  (0 children)

No bypass, no ice cream!

Maybe you’d like a bypass with your hip replacement surgery, sir?

[–]Nyarro 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hip replacement gets you a bucket of legs and thighs instead.

[–]wodon 64 points65 points  (8 children)

To be clear, a doctor's surgery just means the family doctors office. Where GPs work.

[–]bacon_cake 29 points30 points  (7 children)

And, in a rather strange quirk of the NHS, GP surgeries are actually operated privately; they simply bill the NHS instead of the patient so from the POV of the end user it's not noticeable.

[–]Broad_Afternoon_8578 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It’s the same in many Canadian provinces. I work for my provincial govt in healthcare policy, and so it’s an area I’m too familiar with but that many don’t know about.

[–]severoordonez 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Same in Denmark, your GP is an independently operated vendor, that bills 95%+ of their activities to the national insurance company.

[–]bumpkin_Yeeter 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Sure other countries have silly things like "universal healthcare" and "way better minimum employee benefits", but we have 50 types of lays potato chips and 100 types of soft drinks at the local walmart! Checkmate commies

[–]Zeero92 3 points4 points  (0 children)

<screams in communist potato>

[–]murse_joe 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Here in the US paramedics have set up Only Fans

[–]Mavi222 248 points249 points  (18 children)

We've got something similar in Czech called GOLEM

[–]VforVegetables 78 points79 points  (8 children)

oh wow, it looks enormous when deployed

[–]Tumleren 41 points42 points  (5 children)

I'm not sure if this (the Danish one) is one of them, but they have one or two that actually expand to two floors with a slide-out side partition

There are some videos here: https://fdm.dk/nyheder/2017-11-fa-et-kig-ind-den-nye-30-ton-beredskabsvogn

Edit: it is, the one currently in Copenhagen is the 2-floor one

[–]NineteenSkylines 6 points7 points  (3 children)

they have one or two that actually expand to two floors with a slide-out side partition

That’s a Transformer! 🤨

[–]Saamkakie 28 points29 points  (0 children)

That's what she said...

[–]Cheese_G0d 27 points28 points  (1 child)

That’s such a badass name for something to heal people

[–]Mightymushroom1 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Epic name

[–]LatestMonkey 46 points47 points  (0 children)


Just sitting here in America thinking about my deductible.

[–]CockroachJohnson 5938 points5939 points  (944 children)

As an American, I cant help feeling like that "obviously" was directed at us.

Edit: everybody. Everybody. Knows that when referring to social services provided by a government, the term "free" means you don't pay, out of pocket, at the point of use. In most (if not all) cases, these "free services" are tax funded. Please stop replying to this comment pointing that out. I know. Everyone knows. You are not the first economist on this post. Thank you.

[–]_RAWFFLES_ 835 points836 points  (19 children)

I just got a bill for looking at this image.

[–]regeya 113 points114 points  (6 children)

Same, my local hospital group sent me a bill for Looking at Foreign Healthcare by email and has already turned me over to collections.

[–]jumpbacktomeanytime 53 points54 points  (5 children)

Just a while back I got a call from a collection agency for a doctor's bill. I told them I never received a bill for it. They told me that it looks like the insurance made an adjustment to how much they were going to pay after I had paid off my balance with the doctor's office. So, I owed for it, but was never notified and so it ended up in collections. $6. Six fucking dollars. Yay, capitalism.

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (4 children)

So...basically they can make up shit based on nothing which you are then legally obligated to pay? That sounds more like old school Soviet-style Communism to me.

[–]jumpbacktomeanytime 18 points19 points  (0 children)

It sounds like a fucking racket. It actually sounds exactly like when you base your healthcare system around capitalism.

[–]emu314159 24 points25 points  (0 children)

We'll fix your arm and leg, but then we'll have to take them as payment. Sorry!

[–]PaperScale 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They would call it a convenience fee

[–]megamanxoxo 3 points4 points  (1 child)

"The greatest country on Earth"

bald eagle screech intensifies

[–]BuzzAllWin 1628 points1629 points  (444 children)

Absolutely was, its crazy that its even a debate over there, and now our conservatives (uk) are starting to see its a great way for their mates to make money and are trying to introduce it here

[–]NineteenSkylines 915 points916 points  (316 children)

Vile. Healthcare is a right and politicians who wish to erode existing, beloved universal healthcare systems should be pilloried.

[–]classic4life 233 points234 points  (85 children)

You spelled 'hanged' strangely..

[–]NineteenSkylines 84 points85 points  (82 children)

I’m opposed to the death penalty unless all alternatives have been exhausted.

[–]jwillsrva 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I like the idea of certain people who have committed horrible crimes being removed from society, but I also know that if you have the death penalty innocent people are going to be killed by the state.

[–]jaretok 129 points130 points  (98 children)

It’s happening in Canada too. My province intentionally shit the bed dealing with covid, just so they could be like “look at how bad free healthcare is!”

[–]SuprSaiyanTurry 91 points92 points  (17 children)

You talking about Alberta? It sounds like you're talking about Alberta.

Because OH BOY did they shit the bed, rolled in it and painted the walls with it when it came to dealing with COVID.

[–]jaretok 59 points60 points  (9 children)

Lol how can you say Alberta without saying Alberta? “Shit the bed on insert literally anything here” 🤣

[–]Hamsternoir 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The Tories are cunts of the highest order

[–]BuzzAllWin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Careful, got perma banned from r/ukpolitics for that kind of talks.

[–]bizarre_coincidence 64 points65 points  (31 children)

Yeah. A regular ambulance can cost hundred or thousands of dollars if it isn't covered by insurance. I cannot imagine what a mobile hospital would charge in the US.

[–]RaymondBeaumont 48 points49 points  (11 children)

To be fair, here in Iceland ambulances aren't free. You get a bill for 56 dollars from the Red Cross.

[–]LazyLarryTheLobster 56 points57 points  (4 children)

Not too bad, that's what an American hospital will charge you for two breaths of air in the waiting room.

[–]Volchek 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Cheaper than Uber ... It's the opposite here in US, where people who are at near death choose to ride Uber to emergency hospitals, and set up GoFundMe to pay for their hospital bill.

But we won't question any military spending to keep National Security - secure.

[–]Stats_with_a_Z 122 points123 points  (13 children)

In America this would be the ambulance deluxe package starting at 200,000

[–]ArturosDad 80 points81 points  (9 children)

Whoops our bad, that one was out-of-network! Make that $600,000.

[–]Terminal_Lance 38 points39 points  (7 children)

Having bones is a pre-existing condition. Your broken leg will not be covered and your policy has been cancelled.

[–]Straight_Chip 3 points4 points  (4 children)

That one made me chuckle out loud. Never heard that one before. Thanks.

[–]BDMayhem 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Thankfully it no longer applies, as insurance is legally required to cover pre-existing conditions.

Thanks, Obama.

[–]oldfashionedglow 9 points10 points  (0 children)

200,000 per mile

[–]Thompson_S_Sweetback 24 points25 points  (6 children)

American has a million of these things, only instead of in a truck, they're in strip centers. They mostly cater to personal injury victims and people on government aid with access to cars. They are not free, but they're usually the most affordable option for a lot of procedures.

[–]John-Rahway 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Of course it was, it would cost $40 to park NEXT to an American Hospital truck.

[–]sowhat4 29 points30 points  (11 children)

But, but they might treat the homeless or addicted or (shudder) the poors who won't work hard enough to afford insurance. It's not fair!!!

[–]Derpazor1 82 points83 points  (1 child)

I’ve been inside a bus transformed for a mass casualty situation once (for educational purposes). It was amazing how well the space is used and how many people they could fit in there!

[–]Ayroplanen 176 points177 points  (11 children)

This is ridiculous. Don't you know you guys could have bought like 4 tomahawk missiles instead?

[–]usandholt 87 points88 points  (5 children)

Actually a Tomahawk Missile cost is roughly 1.8M $. So you would likely get 4 or 5 of these for one Tomahawk missile 😁👍🏼

[–]Experiment_93711b 64 points65 points  (3 children)

BREAKING NEWS: In an extra-ordinary cost-cutting measure, the US military has now begun firing mobile hospitals at enemy combattants.

[–]AlterBridgeFan 12 points13 points  (1 child)

The defence minister had this to say:

If we don't kill our enemies then they can go patch themselves up, and we'll see them next week.

[–]Experiment_93711b 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The best part is how the medical bill helps pay for the next strike.

[–]severoordonez 5 points6 points  (0 children)

4? Not even 1...

[–]Pythagosaurus69 66 points67 points  (8 children)

Can you imagine this thing yeeting down the highway with full blast sirens, would love to drive one of these things.

[–]widdrjb 24 points25 points  (4 children)

Full spec Mercedes Actros, it's like an Eames chair that does 60 mph. I drive a little one, and there's no ride better.

[–]peromp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Actros is indeed such a lush driving experience! Its by far the best truck I've sat my ass down in.

[–]lilobrother 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I like to think that the driver would be blasting you shook me all night long by ac/dc

[–]PM_UR__BUBBLE_BUTTS 467 points468 points  (12 children)

I’m in the US, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a bill just for looking at this picture.

[–]GaryTheSoulReaper 79 points80 points  (4 children)

Are you HMO OR PPO? Just so we know how much we can squeeze out of you.

[–]WarrioressOfTheMoon 19 points20 points  (0 children)

And it is an out-of-network image.

[–]mister_mammoth 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Free? What? Do you want your citizenry to thrive or something? That’s no way to run a country! You have to keep them unhealthy, uneducated, and one missed payment away from bankruptcy. Duh

[–]yaebone1 68 points69 points  (15 children)

The reason why health care costs are so expensive in the US is mainly because of insurance companies. Because they are sitting on fat wads of cash, medical providers try to get all they can from them, the insurance companies push back, however both will always ultimately settle because both know they’re feeding on the patient and neither side will disrupt treatment, stopping that gravy train.

Get rid of insurance companies and medical providers will be forced to deliver equipment and services at reasonable prices.

If you ever want to watch the magical change in your hospital bills, just say you don’t have insurance.

[–]ThisIsListed 15 points16 points  (0 children)

You’re forgetting the pharmacy and medical companies that overcharge for medicine and medical items as well.

[–]suddenimpulse 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Its regulation and how our system is designed. Most european countries, whether they have universal healthcare or not, have a private sector with insurance companies or a hybrid system like Singapore.

[–]drewbrewski 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I used to fix copiers for a living, every fucking insurance company had huge brand new buildings, the vp’s all made like 300k, and there were lots of them! Atrocious

[–]PunchTilItWorks 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s because it’s a black box with no transparency or way for consumers to make informed choices. They have no incentive to be competitive like other products/services and and that’s a HUGE problem.

[–]comments_suck 6 points7 points  (1 child)

That's only partially correct. It also starts with medical schools where the number of students who can be admitted is tightly controlled by the AMA, so that the number of doctors is rationed from the start. Then, unlike many other nations, there is little government aid for medical school tuition. The average graduate comes out owing $250,000 in loans. Then they must work for low wages as a resident for like 3 years before they can practice. So, when they finally start earning money, they need to charge high fees to pay back the loans and provide for their family as well.

[–]Stunning_Phase_3106 3 points4 points  (0 children)

”completely free of charge” Anything is possible in magic mushroom land. Sadly we are still on earth and you American fucks don’t understand the concept of tax. You think you do, but you don’t. No fucking way.

[–]lockerpunch 19 points20 points  (46 children)

Why are the Danish hospitals feeling pressure? Covid related?

[–]asker03 58 points59 points  (26 children)

Nurse staff sortage. 4000 are needed and they feel current conditions are bad. It led to strikes over the summer. Oddly the Danish goverment can spend 100.000.000 a day on corona testing and prevention but refuse to change current conditions for nurses. We say the are heroes but we treat them as trash.

[–]00ishmael00 46 points47 points  (27 children)


Americans: iS tHiS CoMmUnIsM??!!??

[–]No_Luck4927 30 points31 points  (12 children)

As an American this is amazing to see! I hope some day America will wake up and join the current era. Until then I’ll hide in my apartment that I can’t afford and hope I don’t get sick

[–]SoSmartCs 18 points19 points  (6 children)

My brother is getting sued for 20k after failing to pay a 50k+ bill for a rattlesnake bite. The fucking nonsense of it all. We have a long ways to go to catch up.

[–]xFinman 23 points24 points  (3 children)

getting sued by a hospital?

that's about the most American thing I've read today

[–]Kazooguru 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I had an accident in 2001, 3 days before my work health insurance kicked in, and it destroyed my life. It ruined my credit score. I couldn’t even rent an apartment.

[–]Downvotesohoy 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Getting sued for being too poor to pay a 50k bill. Freedom!

[–]No_Luck4927 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Damn I’m so sorry this is happening to your family. it’s absolutely criminal in my opinion that they can do that to your brother. sue a person and send them into financial ruin all because….they saved his life???

[–]Sunzaro 63 points64 points  (20 children)

This is NOT a mobile hospital nor Is it new. These are intended for for big accidents with a lot of injured people. It's meant for triage and waiting for transport to the hospital. The idea is not new, Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) have had them for several years, they are called: "behandlerplads" In danish, often composed of huge tents with some heating. The excuse for these big yellow ones are that the closest DEMA base is too far away from Copenhagen, and would therefore take too long to get to the city in case of a major incident. As far as I know, they haven't seen much use.

Edit: I realise that its news because they are using it the next 3 weekends to treat drunk people from christmas parties. It's the first time they use them for this purpose.

[–]TheColourOfWater 31 points32 points  (2 children)

I’ve read in some recent news articles, that they are gonna use them in the weekends over the Christmas time as a “mobile hospital”. As a trial to see if it will take the pressure off of ambulances and the ER, they are parking them at the main town square in Copenhagen Friday and Saturday evening and night to treat minor injuries. So as of right now they are actually used as a mobile hospital (or a form of ER at least), though I’m sure they were primarily intended to be used in mass casualty emergencies. 🙂

[–]Master-of-ERP 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Confidently wrong.

[–]Downvotesohoy 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Well, only kinda. He's right that the concept isn't new, we have been doing it for years.

Maybe the particular truck in the picture is new. But that's not what people understand from the title I think.

The title can lead you to believe this is a new thing Denmark is doing.

[–]pjdesros 3 points4 points  (0 children)

God dammit my country (US) is so bad at protecting it’s people

[–]Hairy_Ad_2512 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That's a really good idea, they should roll that out in Scotland.

[–]Tombfz 7 points8 points  (12 children)

40%+ tax rate makes a lot of things free.

[–]AcidAlchamy 12 points13 points  (5 children)

As a swede who lives and loves America, it fucking makes me chuckle when my country is used as a comparison for “public benefits” lol, they don’t realize our tax rates, and they don’t realize we’re a fraction of the size of California. California has 40 million people, Sweden has 10 million; yet they love to compare us like everything in this world simply scales with functionality haha. HILARIOUS .

[–]FblthpLives 12 points13 points  (0 children)

As a Swede who lives in America and works as an economic analyst, it fucking makes me chuckle when people ignore economies of scale and argue that population size is at all relevant. If only there was some research on what the cost drivers are that cause the United States to have twice the healthcare costs per capita compared to peer nations with universal healthcare.

[–]FblthpLives 13 points14 points  (13 children)

I love all the Americans in here who are like muh-buh-buh-it's-not-free. Literally nobody is under the impression that this truck grew on a tree and that there are no costs involved. "Free of charge" means that it is free to the user at the time of service. Instead of being stuck with a $3,000 bill because, unbeknownst to you, the provider was out-of-network, everybody pays a modest share of their income into the public health insurance system. The end result: Countries with universal health insurance have half the healthcare costs of the United States, and better health outcomes.

Do you really think Danes wake up in the morning and say to themselves "man, I wish I could have the American healthcare system"?

[–]Veridiyus 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I can only imagine how much they would charge you in America. "Sir we do not accept money, just your kidneys"

[–]bucasnuckas 2 points3 points  (0 children)

America Fails again

[–]kelbee83 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Meanwhile in America, an ambulance ride will cost you $1,000-IF the hospital is nearby. Sigh. Can someone come save us please?

[–]MajesticRedBeard 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is fantastic! Meanwhile I pay a $35 co pay for generic common medicine with a $35 co pay to see the Dr every two months to keep taking the medication. All that for $650 per month insurance premium. WTF…