Say you are in China, a country where you have to pay for health care. What happens if you are traveling and you become unconscious and you have no form of identification on you. Would they leave you to die?

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    Although interesting, I am not sure this question is answerable according to the SE format. – JoErNanO Oct 25 '16 at 15:15
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    Why is this too broad? The question is quite straight-forwad. What happens if you are seriously ill in China and don't have any identification with you? Will hospitals take care of you or will you be on your own? – RoflcoptrException Oct 25 '16 at 15:20
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    If you are found near no-go zone wherever in the world and people are really desperate, you can be "unexpected heap of resources". Same time you can be found by carefull person, who will take care of you. Wherever you are. There is also a nonzero chance you will be hit by meteorite or toilet seat from space station while unconcious... – Crowley Oct 25 '16 at 15:46
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    If the question were restricted only to China, maybe it wouldn't be "too broad," but if China is just an example, it's impossible to answer. – Zach Lipton Oct 25 '16 at 20:58
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    @SpehroPefhany Despite what fretful European newspaper editors might assume, people are not dying in the streets in America for lack of health insurance. Rather, the problem is that hospitals are obligated (legally as well as morally) to give emergency care to all, ao the poor end up getting treatment in the most expensive way to receive it, and the cost of caring for the indigent is passed on to those with insurance, which then becomes stratospherically expensive. The idea that a public hospital would leave someone bleeding out in the street for lack of funds is an invention of TV. – choster Oct 25 '16 at 21:19

Keep in mind, this is purely anecdotal.

A few months back I went to China with a small group for an exchange program at my university. We (students) would teach some classes at a university there. One of the other students got seriously ill and had to be taken to hospital. He needed treatment immediately. He didn't have his insurance on him or it could not be verified at that time. They refused to treat him until they had money in hand. Our university decided to front the bill of 6000 euro and got that back from his insurance later.

Bottom line, it doesn't matter who you are, as long as you have money or friends with money.

  • @Fiksdal, so in the USA I would left on the road and not even taken to the hospital.... – Ian Ringrose Oct 29 '16 at 16:48
  • @Fiksdal, no but it is one of the reasons I would rather not go on holiday to the USA. The risk of going somewhere where most people thinks providing healthcare without payment at the time of care is evil socialism just puts me off. – Ian Ringrose Oct 29 '16 at 16:53
  • @Fiksdal but what if they can't find my insurance paperwork while I am dying... – Ian Ringrose Oct 29 '16 at 16:54
  • Let us continue this discussion in chat. @IanRingrose – Revetahw Oct 29 '16 at 16:54
  • In the USA, at least, if someone can get you to the ER then hospitals are required to treat you, regardless of your ability to pay. That's why ERs get so darn full, because low-income families can't get reasonable medical treatment, so they wait until it becomes an emergency and go to the ER. – Wayne Werner Aug 14 '17 at 21:21

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