In September, a cat scratched Shyam Patil’s wrist when he was outside his home in North Carolina. Since the cat drew blood, his doctor said he should get a rabies shot just in case and told him to go to the ER because the rabies shot isn’t commonly available at clinics.

While at the ER, Patil learned that the cat was his neighbor’s cat and was current with its rabies shot so Patil left the emergency room. That’s when he later received a bill for over $2,500. If he had actually gotten a rabies shot, the cost would have been an extra $13,048.

So the lesson is clear. If you’re scratched by a stray cat, it’s cheaper to die than to let the American health care system take care of you. Now you just have to worry about the American funeral home system charging you too much for your burial.

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