A US traveler to the country of Morocco shared a video on TikTok that left many viewers stunned. In the video, the traveler details the shocking costs of his hospital bill after taking ill on his recent trip.
Travel Blogger Christian Grossi, a 23-year-old American, recently visited the country Morocco and during his trip he experienced one of travel’s worst nightmares: food poisoning. However, Grossi’s ride on Montezuma’s Revenge was so severe he was forced to be admitted to a local Moroccan hospital for an IV and antibiotics. He shared the details of his experience in a now-viral TikTok video that has garnered several million views thus far.
Before his situation turned dire, he recorded a first video where he describes his initial experiences with food poisoning.
Grossi then recorded a second video that showed him laid up in a Moroccan hospital after his symptoms became so severe he passed out on the street and was taken to the emergency room by four local men.
After receiving an IV and four different medications he recovered and was released. However, to his surprise (especially since he didn’t have health insurance), the hospital only accepted cash for his treatment. To his even bigger surprise, the total cost for his visit? $31.00.
Yes, you read that right. Thirty one US dollars, leaving him and millions of viewers stunned at the cheap price of his medical situation. You can watch his second video, below:
Stunned commenters and viewers remarked at how much different the cost of such a stay in a US hospital would have been. Some of the more notable ones included:
- “Proof that in America, healthcare isn’t about helping people or saving lives. It’s all about money”
- “Bro waiting in the lobby of a US hospital would cost you 20k”
- “American healthcare is being robbed and kicked when you are down and the most vulnerable. It’s defeating and inhumane.”
- “The hospital in Morocco is free. It seems that you entered a non-governmental hospital”
- “i feel a special kind of sad & happy when Americans realize Healthcare is nearly free literally anywhere else”
- “in the US you could easily add 4 zeros”
Grossi’s experience reinvigorated the often contentious debate about healthcare in the United States