There’s a whole lot of reasons to stay out of the hospital if you get sick in the United States. And it’s got nothing to do with money.
Slate magazine has an article that talks about “methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus” – MRSA or staph infections – a “deadly organism that is increasingly common stateside” especially in US hospitals.

It’s estimated that this kills an estimated 13,000 people per year. Slate says that a hospital patient is “10 times as likely to die of MRSA as an inmate is to be murdered in prison.”

Here is a link to the story.