While we may imagine a dystopian future of thought police, killer robots, and nuclear fallout, the real future predictions are much more boring. Instead of being brutally brainwashed and enslaved by fascist, authoritarian regimes, we have willingly enslaved ourselves. By allowing the top 1% to get exponentially richer, we drown in a sea of debts, tech, advertising, endless wars, environmental destruction, addictions, depression... the list goes on.

Brilliant, isn't it? But it's ok; there's always Facebook to scroll through (Bored Panda too, obvs), Netflix to watch, chemical-laden meals to consume, manufactured outrages over a mermaid's skin color to comment on. Who's got time for thoughtful resistance in this sick, sad world? Even those that think they are resisting by electing bigoted billionaires, bankers and Eton toffs to represent them are simply playing into their hands, as their dishonest, scaremongering claptrap divides us ever further over political, racial and gender lines!

Sometimes we need to take a step back and see the forest for the trees. This list, compiled by Bored Panda, contains some pretty terrifying examples of present-day dystopian society, things that make you realize that beyond all the distractions of trying to survive and thrive in the rat race, something's not quite right with this world.

So if you didn't find the sinister scenes of mindless automatons chanting “send her back” chilling enough, scroll down below to get a reality check on the spookily Orwellian society we are allowing to be constructed, and let's see if we can fix our near future in the comments! If you want to see even more proof of our dystopian world, be sure to check out our previous list!

#1

Immigrants

Immigrants

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

up-voting this! #truth

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The term 'boring dystopia was coined by the late academic and cultural theorist Mark Fisher in 2015. He used it to refer to the "bland, mildly coercive signs that abound in late-stage capitalist society, which foster a vague sense of isolation or unease."

He started a Facebook group that documented these signs as a way to develop consciousness about the world around us. "It was understood from the start to be a consciousness-raising exercise, encouraging people to perceive the actual state of Britain rather than the PR state," Fisher said in an interview with Vice. "Which is surprisingly hard, because there's this mixture of Silicon Valley ideology, PR and advertising which distracts us from our own aesthetic poverty, and the reality of what we have. Which is just all these crap robots…"

#2

This Is Caleb. Caleb Has A Degree In Zoology And Asks His Customers What Their Favorite Animal Is. He Gives Them Facts While Completing Their Orders!

This Is Caleb. Caleb Has A Degree In Zoology And Asks His Customers What Their Favorite Animal Is. He Gives Them Facts While Completing Their Orders!

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

That's both very cute and very depressing all at once.

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#3

Real Problem

Real Problem

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Is America "Great" yet?

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"Boring Dystopia was partly about the fact that no one can care about stuff any more," said Fisher. "It's not that they don't care, but in a city like London, or any intensely pressured urban metropolis—add to that the pressures of capitalist cyberspace and people just feel like they perpetually have no time."

"Our resources for caring are depleted, and that has aesthetic consequences."

#4

Charity

Charity

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
1 year ago

Saddest part is that a lot of celebs even get paid to promote a charity.

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#5

Put The Blame Where It Belongs

Put The Blame Where It Belongs

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Kathie Leonetti
Community Member
1 year ago

Let's not forget the politicians and celebrities who fly all over who have huge SUVs .

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The Facebook group was short-lived, with Fisher quickly becoming disillusioned with Facebook itself. "For me the point at which the group started to go downhill was when it became like every other Facebook group. It was just recirculating 'content' and sending links, keeping people inside what I would call capitalist cyberspace instead of looking outside at their own environment. It felt like it was reinforcing the condition it was intended to displace," he explained.

"It didn't work at that scale, and you could feel that it wasn't the right place for it… It was just an experiment, and Facebook probably wasn't the right platform. I didn't want it to be diluted."

#6

A Child Can’t Stay On The Transplant List, Solely Because He’s Homeless

A Child Can’t Stay On The Transplant List, Solely Because He’s Homeless

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frank0ys
Community Member
1 year ago

...This is sad.

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#7

Calling An Ambulance In USA

Calling An Ambulance In USA

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giovanna
Community Member
1 year ago

That is just RIDICULOUS. I really, honestly don't understand how come the American people are not crazy mad in the streets protesting about that. Like, protesting all the time.

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After Fisher's tragic death in 2017 at the age of 48, his work remains as his legacy and is as important and relevant as it's ever been. His 2009 book Capitalist Realism is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the modern world, and his 'Boring Dystopia' group lives on mainly in the subreddit r/ABoringDystopia.

What do you think? Are we truly living in a boring dystopia? Scroll down below to see the rest of the examples for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#8

Stealing An Education

Stealing An Education

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

Land of free? :D

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#9

Need Books? Donate Plasma!

Need Books? Donate Plasma!

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Bill
Community Member
1 year ago

You are supposed to sell plasma for beer at that age. This isn't right

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#10

I Had To Pay $39.35 To Hold My Baby After He Was Born

I Had To Pay $39.35 To Hold My Baby After He Was Born

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Mick Hambleton
Community Member
1 year ago

What??? That is absolutely disgusting

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#11

Anything Different Would Simply Be Un-American

Anything Different Would Simply Be Un-American

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Beverly
Community Member
1 year ago

There is one thing we can do: Get out and vote. Vote for the senators and representatives who aren't afraid to push for single-payer, universal health care. And if someone calls you a socialist, tell them to look at Japan, which a) is hardly socialist, b) has the world's longest life expectancy, and c) has a well-established universal health care system.

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#12

Health Care

Health Care

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Tamara Neimet
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't have to wait for it. Come to Ukraine, we are constantly crowdfunding some sick child's care.

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#13

Watch This Advert Or Choke To Death

Watch This Advert Or Choke To Death

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María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

If you need to watch a video before trying to do something to help, it doesn't matter whether there are ads or not; the person will probably die anyway. That's the reason why everybody should learn some very basic first aid skills, like the Hemilich Maneuver, at school, instead of soooo much useless rubbish.

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#14

Only In America Would A Restaurant Display On The Wall That They Don’t Pay Their Staff Enough To Live On

Only In America Would A Restaurant Display On The Wall That They Don’t Pay Their Staff Enough To Live On

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

I always wonder why they made it that it's the customer's job to make sure if the workers/servers are paid or not. does this system works?

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#15

Public Relations

Public Relations

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

And people working in the media industry earn way more than any manual laborer or most of the engineers, scientists, medical doctors...

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#16

Remember The Panama Papers?

Remember The Panama Papers?

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Christina Sersif
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing hardly ever happens to rich people

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#17

"Today My Client Was Excited To Push The Elevator Buttons On The Way To Her First Deportation Hearing"

"Today My Client Was Excited To Push The Elevator Buttons On The Way To Her First Deportation Hearing"

LivingRaccoon Report

Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

My niece is 5. I cannot imagine her having to represent herself in any legal matters. I'm 30, and I can't imagine representing myself in any legal matters.

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#18

I Don't Like This Episode Of Black Mirror

I Don't Like This Episode Of Black Mirror

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Anne
Community Member
1 year ago

Well.. we are too far in killing bees and the environment.. so.. we will need to do both at the same time. There is no planet B.

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#19

Capitalism In A Nutshell

Capitalism In A Nutshell

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MJ
Community Member
1 year ago

Government: cricket sounds, cricket sounds, cricket sounds, cricket sounds....

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#20

Good Article. No Surprises. “It’s Not About Wanting A Pay Raise Or Extra Income, It’s Just About Wanting A Livable Wage”

Good Article. No Surprises. “It’s Not About Wanting A Pay Raise Or Extra Income, It’s Just About Wanting A Livable Wage”

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Daniel Morgan
Community Member
1 year ago

And yet Trump has the audacity to say how amazing the country is doing and how everyone is wealthier than ever. Prick.

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#21

Both Are In The Wrong But Look At How The Pictures Are Depicted

Both Are In The Wrong But Look At How The Pictures Are Depicted

Choreutic Report

Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
1 year ago

The blindfold of Lady Justice is eaten by the moths and she turns out to be a racist, conservative b!tch.

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#22

Not A Bad Plan

Not A Bad Plan

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

I knew a girl who got Hep C from her ex-boyfriend. Her insurance would not pay to fix it unless she was very very ill. As far as I know she still has it. Had she gone to jail she would have been treated and it wouldn't be an issue anymore.

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#23

It's All About Priorities

It's All About Priorities

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

Orange is the new black

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#24

Bathroom Sticker

Bathroom Sticker

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Chris Mugea
Community Member
1 year ago

Definitely a joke.

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#25

Teeth Are A Luxury Only Paying Customers Are Allowed

Teeth Are A Luxury Only Paying Customers Are Allowed

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

I still have all of my teeth- one of them just stays in my drawer now.

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#26

Ambulances For 3k? Lets Just Call An Uber

Ambulances For 3k? Lets Just Call An Uber

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

in the US, the cost for an ambulance to take you to the ER is as expensive as buying a new car.

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#27

Positive News

Positive News

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Magic567
Community Member
1 year ago

same with bored panda thou- bring on the downvotes!

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#28

This Feels Straight Out Of 1984...

This Feels Straight Out Of 1984...

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 year ago

turn off your gps. ;)

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#29

This Is How Expensive It Is To Attempt Suicide In The US

This Is How Expensive It Is To Attempt Suicide In The US

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Care
Community Member
1 year ago

Hope they're doing better now. Debt definitely doesn't help depression.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

How true. Thank you for caring.

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Carson Skjerdal
Community Member
1 year ago

This definitely isn't a Canadian/European problem thankfully

Oathbraker
Community Member
1 year ago

I honestly can't believe this. Is this real? I refuse to believe half of those prices, unless the hospital inflates the prices superficially. Room and board $10k? For how long- a year? Or did he stay at the Burj Khalifa? EKG test- $4k? FFS There are EKGs machines which cost less. What do they do- buy one, use it only once and gift it to the patient as a memo? No wonder people commit suicide. https://www.usamedicalsurgical.com/blog/ekg-ecg-machine-buyers-guide/

LB Feline
Community Member
1 year ago

My hubby had trip to er. Overnight admitted to hospital. $5,0000. No surgery, no tests other than bloodwork. My hysterectomy -$45000. Uncomplicated and as outpatient.

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Tammy Ralph
Community Member
1 year ago

So basically if you're suicidal you better make sure you do the job right, or you will be faced with that bill which would make you even more suicidal. It's hard to believe that this is actually reality for Americans.

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Another one, this makes me so grateful to be Australian. I have had 2 suicide attempts where medical attention was involved and again paid nothing for treatment or hospital stay etc. I hope one day there is something drastic done to make medical care cheaper and accessible worldwide.

Xenia
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm happy, that you are with us, take care of yourself!

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Rory O'Flaherty
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd say I hope some of the insensitive people commenting here get depression so they know what it is to be truly clinically depressed and suicidal and gain some perspective before making jokes. But nobody who'd actually experienced it as the person involved and not an ignorant bystander would wish it on anyone.

Tina Hugh
Community Member
1 year ago

That was kindly said.

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Alex
Community Member
1 year ago

"This bill increase your chances to success next time."

Christina Sersif
Community Member
1 year ago

I would never pay it. They could go f*ck themselves

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

"We know you're clinically depressed and just tried to end it all, but here's your bill. Have a nice day! "

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
Community Member
1 year ago

This is unfathomable to me.

Amy Pattie
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s disgusting. Why do people live in that awful country.

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

most have no choice

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Šimon Špaček
Community Member
1 year ago

So... if you try to kill yourself in US and fail the goverment will give you a real motivation to do it right on second try?

Lolabean
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel for you. At 20(early 2011) I was a student at university. I had a casual job in the holidays, but didn't earn enough to pay taxes. I had been suffering with depression for several years already by that stage, and due to exams I'd neglected to see the doctor to renew my prescription. I had my third suicide attempt, overdose. I was driven to the hospital by friends (previous visit had been an ambulance), as soon as I told reception I'd taken an overdose 24 hours prior I was seen by triage, then taken through to doctors within 30 minutes. Medicated, blood tests, IV, antisickness drugs to combat the reaction I had to the IV. Psychiatrist. Mental health team. Had a five day hospital stay. Mental health team stayed in touch after discharge. Total cost? Nothing. Free. I'm lucky enough to live in the UK. Had I been through that, and been met with a bill like that, I'd have wished I'd been successful.

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

You didn’t cover the person’s name.

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
1 year ago

That bill would make you want to try again

A E
Community Member
1 year ago

after this invoice i would definitely attempt suicide... this is horrible.. who in the f*** can pay this?

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago

Over $93,424....

MJ
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1 year ago

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Katharine Lancaster
Community Member
1 year ago

And if your parent actually succeeds in their suicide attempt, you go into debt paying for their final expenses.

Leo H
Community Member
1 year ago

Well by that debt it makes you want to kill yourself

Dave G.
Community Member
1 year ago

well here's an idea, don't try to kill yourself?

Bmo
Community Member
1 year ago

A spirometer to measure pulmonary function costs $5! Just let that sink in.

Esther G
Community Member
1 year ago

It is crazy was they get to bill insurance but this guy had to pay only $1,894.53 for a 9 day hospital stay. You can see that insurance payments and adjustments took care of the rest.

Chonky Lilo
Community Member
1 year ago

Also add to the fact that the insurance company does not pay all the rest of it, there are preset payment levels agreed upon by insurance companies and healthcare facilities. For this particular case, the bill can be close to $100,000, patient pays $2000, insurance pays around $10000, and the rest goes away.

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Bacony
Community Member
2 months ago

Spongebob: Patrick, i don't think this person can get any sadder. Patrick, blowing up a bubble: NONSENSE!

Bored Phoenix
Community Member
7 months ago

I tried to commit suicide.... my parents griped about how much it costed.

happyapple89
Community Member
8 months ago

What was your method? That's a lot of testing.

happyapple89
Community Member
8 months ago

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Helga Zwemmer
Community Member
1 year ago

What goes on in that laboratory, I wonder?

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

Insurance paid almost all of it.

Granstef Ghostlapin
Community Member
1 year ago

The USA always use the best way to motivate success !!

John Bourne
Community Member
1 year ago

Seems to be better to just not attempt it?

Russian Otaku
Community Member
1 year ago

Jokes on them if poster has better luck next time

okpkpkp
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, unless you are successful...

Lira Mai
Community Member
1 year ago

the other therapeutic services for nursing staff

Eddie
Community Member
1 year ago

$1,894.53 after insurance.

Neo Conderson
Community Member
1 year ago

NOBODY EVERY PAYS THAT MUCH. Except the insurance companies!

Douglas Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

After seeing that bill I definitely would want to commit suicide.

Mog
Community Member
1 year ago

It's cheaper to get citizenship and move to another country where health care is free than it is to have your life saved

MissDemeanour
Community Member
1 year ago

Wtf? Better off dead in America.

Flisey
Community Member
1 year ago

I know that we in NZ don't pay for this sort of thing but most of what is on that bill we wouldn't get. You might get one night in hospital, you would definitely get surgery and paracetamol for pain and that's it. You would then have to visit your gp to get help LOOKING for psychiatric care.

Trudi Hunter
Community Member
1 year ago

At least she had insurance!

Vlada Po
Community Member
1 year ago

I can see how this person wishes they would succeed after receiving this bill.

Katinka Min
Community Member
1 year ago

my God, those prices.... How on earth could it ever get so high? I live in Germany - maybe not the most modern country in the world and not with top of the pops health care but a first world country - and everything medical is so much cheaper here! 30.000 for lab work?? WTAF?

D.J. Thorb
Community Member
1 year ago

This is how the insurance companies are seemingly ripped off but where is the second ledger with the kickback amounts?

Kiro
Community Member
1 year ago

Even if you don't do it right the first time, you have more than enough incentive for a second attempt.

TD Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

i would pull this, or retitle, the person had insurance to pay off a good amount for their attempt.

TD Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

well looks like the person had good insurance, it paid off a good amount. must b nice to have insurance to pay it off.

Meg Needler
Community Member
1 year ago

That alone may make you sorry your attempt wasn’t “successful “. Maybe you saved on an ambulance fee and took an Uber.

Baconismybae
Community Member
1 year ago

I hope you didn’t need an ambulance to the hospital.

shado
Community Member
1 year ago

so who do they collect from when the person is successful?

Andrea Delden
Community Member
1 year ago

If you’re going to try you better succeed! You can’t afford not to!

Viki Banaszak
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, next time they should try harder and skip the attempt. Funerals are comparativley cheap.

Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 year ago

Just leave me alone, dammit; I thought it over and this is my decision.

moeless
Community Member
1 year ago

Either do it or don't. All of my friends that did it, (several) were successful with only one try.

SarcasticGamer
Community Member
1 year ago

That bill makes you wanna try again...

Von
Community Member
1 year ago

So ummmm is anyone going to mention how being responsible for 1894.00, from a $94 THOUSAND + total, isn't so bad?????

Sandra Kennedy-Heausler
Community Member
1 year ago

Almost 30k in lab fees? What were they testing?

Anna Neemus
Community Member
1 year ago

4K for an EKG is literally like someone taking your picture charging 4K for it. The machine is paid off and it literally just prints paper.

Freya Fluharty
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm going to make a very off-colour comment - Must Do Better Next Time!

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

And look how many completely unnecessary tests were given.

A E
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1 year ago

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kitk4t
Community Member
1 year ago

Hello HIPAA violation

Chonky Lilo
Community Member
1 year ago

? How can that be breach of private healthcare info if the patient himself posted it?

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Live Era Nemow
Community Member
1 year ago

If you're gonna do it, make sure you go all the way through with it.

Esther G
Community Member
1 year ago

He had to pay 1,894.53 because insurance paid the rest. Can't anyone read?

Ashley Say Whaat?!?
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes and no, insurance def did not pay the rest, but they made the hospital adjust their prices downwards by a lot and then paid some, leaving the patient the $1895. What you don't see on this bill is that the insurance made the hospital throw out probably around $92,800. Insurance probably paid the hospital like $200 and made the patient pay $2000 (all numbers rounded since I can't see the wax that numbers since I'm replying to your comment.) So that's what still sucks, cause insurance cost me and most others almost $700 a month and we still end up paying so much more than what the insurance pays.... it looks better for insurance to lump what they paid and what they threw out all together. Gives the appearance they are actually paying more.

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Jace
Community Member
1 year ago

Suicide is also illegal in the USA. If you make a rational and considered decision to end your life on YOUR OWN TERMS, you cannot get help to do this and most likely will be put into a psych ward and drugged against your will because American conservatism that thinks “suicide is a sin”. America likes to bury the symptoms instead of ever paying attention to the causes. The pharma business makes huge profits on drugs that are supposed to “treat” emotional and behavioral issues, when there’s no scientific proof in myths like the “chemical imbalance” notion of depression. Our culture and our society is sick, and that’s huge profits.

Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

Working in mental health on inpatient units for 16 years I've seen one person get "drugged against their will". It took 3 months for the paperwork to do so and the patient already had her sister as a guardian. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but not nearly as often as people think.

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Chad Kook
Community Member
1 year ago

That is why I plan to succeed next time I try.

Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
1 year ago

Come to Canada, my friend. I too made an attempt a few years ago & was initially involuntarily admitted (later stayed because I knew I needed to) to a mental health facility in Edmonton, AB. I was there for a month & I didn't pay a dime. I then continued on to a whole bunch of acronym-ed classes - all at no charge. Say what you will about Canada's health care, but it sure beats paying tens of thousands of dollars for "treatment". In the VERY least I hope your care was outstanding & that you're doing better now.

Maria Leegracyn
Community Member
1 year ago

You did pay, just not at the point of sale. There is no such thing as free healthcare.

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Sue Nissen Herdman
Community Member
1 year ago

That's sick

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Community Member
1 year ago

Next time...make sure you do it successfully to avoid all the charges.

Terri Zagst
Community Member
1 year ago

His portion with health insurance is 1894.53

France Langelier
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s because he was one of the fortunate, if I can use the word in his case, to have healthcare. Imagine if he had none, it would certainly increase his depression one hundredfold. I hope he is doing better.

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

What a world...

Gitte Scheipers
Community Member
1 year ago

Not a World just the usa! It's really crazy those prices are just out of te world and un necessary

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Charley CharleyEx
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1 year ago

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If you're too stupid to do it right, think of the bill as your degree from the School of Hard Knocks.

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1 year ago

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Then don't attempt suicide, dumbasses. There are other innocent people who want to live that need these medical services and the staff devoted to saving your sorry ass.

Full Name
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1 year ago

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Yet succeeding is free.

Tacitus86
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1 year ago

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Yes, but you wouldn't have failed if you didn't already suck at life.

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Tacitus86
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1 year ago

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More like a stupidity fine.

Daniel Lewis
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1 year ago

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So try harder.

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#30

Open Office

Open Office

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Miklós Nagy
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1 year ago

The 90s when people were angry about their well paid, stable jobs and about their peaceful life...

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