Buying a health insurance policy might seem like an extra financial burden, especially when everything’s going fine. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s perception of health insurance.
Unfortunately, 44 million Americans don’t have health insurance. That makes them vulnerable to high treatment costs. It’s saddening how people are expressing their disappointment through tweets and wishing they had bought a policy in time.
Raphael’s tweeted he’s had a respiratory cough and wanted to get tested for Coronavirus. That’s the level of confidence having a health insurance policy gives.
#Darkie, however, looked worried for the lack of a policy.
At the front line of the corona with no health insurance... doctors.— #Darkie 🧚🏾♂️ (@taichantia) March 16, 2020
Chris Jolly tweeted he had to cancel his destination wedding in Indonesia. As much as we agree it’s a wise decision, the lack of an insurance policy seemed to affect his decision quite a lot.
So..... @alanadelaive and I just decided to cancel (postpone if possible) our wedding in Indonesia next month because of coronavirus concerns.— Chris Jolly (@cjollyNT) March 14, 2020
Tough/expensive decision without insurance!!! 😢
Best get drunk and eat tacos. Fuck you corona! #COVID19Aus #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/gFFvkfq3GO
Hispanic Men Don’t Cheat rightly brought out an underlying issue. A lot of people are risking their lives by choosing not to get tested for Coronavirus because they fear they wouldn’t end up spending a lot of money without a health insurance policy.
This corona virus issue is exactly y we need to vote for Bernie sanders. .A lot of people don’t even want to go to the hospital because they don’t have insurance and don’t want to risk paying thousands for something that can be a minor cold. Thinking like that can cost their life— Hispanic Men Don't Cheat (@itspete213) March 12, 2020
Sachiko Koyama expressed the same concern that this is making the situation worse.
In the U.S., not everybody has health insurance and not everybody has enough income to feel comfortable to go to hospitals to get treatment. This will make the corona virus outbreak worse. We need the federal funding now so that nobody need worry the cost to get treatment.— Sachiko Koyama (@sachiko_koyama) March 18, 2020
Samanhe highlighted a grave concern by sharing how international passengers weren’t tested at the airport and how this might worsen the situation in America.
Love how I just flew in from Paris and none of us got tested for corona 🙂 #thanksamerica @realDonaldTrump glad to see you’re letting the virus run free in the states where 44 million Americans don’t have health insurance.— Samanhe (@Samanhe2) March 18, 2020
In a country with a population of 330,451,770 people, it is hard to imagine how bad the situation might get if deadly COVID-19 goes on a spree. Immediate diagnosis and treatment are of paramount importance but it is premature to predict if uninsured individuals will voluntarily show up at the testing centers.