After appendectomy, Trevor Noah ribs US emergency rooms, forms-toting nurses

7 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Trevor Noah mocks U.S. health care system’s wait times, paperwork after emergency appendectomy.

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah got a crash course in American health care early Wednesday when he said an emergency room employee prioritized paperwork over his perforated appendix. “‘The lady’s like, ‘Can you fill out the form?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m dying!’” he said, putting his Thursday night audience in stitches. “And she’s like, ‘Yeah, but I need you to fill out the form first.’” “I don’t know if ‘emergency room’ is the right term, because they make you wait,” said the 31-year-old funnyman, who immigrated to the United States in 2011. The Center for Disease Control reports that the mean wait time in U.S. emergency departments spiked 25% to 58.1 minutes between 2003 and 2009, with wait times of more than an hour in urban areas like New York City.

After dispelling rumors that he’d been forced back to the desk before he was ready, the host revealed “hidden camera footage” in which his correspondents all fought over his job in the hospital. And even when he began to faint, she apparently told him, “You can’t faint here, sir.” He was then taken to a separate room — where he was still asked to complete paperwork before losing consciousness.

Noah wasn’t sure whether Comedy Central had given him insurance yet, so when nurse asked how he would pay for his ER visit, he cracked, “With my life, clearly, because you’re not helping me.” The outsider reminded viewers that the American healthcare system needs a checkup. The 2014 Social Progress Index ranked the U.S. 70th in health and wellness among 132 nations, largely because Americans spend so much on health care, and yet get so little in return, largely due to administrative overhead and pricey patented drugs, medical devices, procedures, hospital care and physicians’ fees, according to U.S.

South Africa’s health care system has a huge disparity between the wealthy minority that are covered by private insurance, and the poorer 40 million uninsured who pay out of pocket.

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