I have used the medical service in Canada, Ireland, Finland, Switzerland, and Germany. With the exception of Ireland (Dublin on a weekend) I found them to be very efficient, easy to use, and affordable for a foreigner. My worst experiences have come from the US. I have double vision and partial blindness in my left eye because as a child, I was shot in the forehead with a .22 bullet just above my left eye. I had to wait in the waiting room for 8 hours before being seen by a doctor, by which point an infection had spread making the wound impossible to stitch and damaging my vision permantly. I would gladly pay a couple hundred a month in extra taxes and ensure I received the healthcare my doctor recommends than pay 600+ a month to be constantly told by a private insurer that for whatever reason I am not covered for something. I’ve already declared bankruptcy once because of a bone marrow transplant. Believe me, people in Europe and Canada have more horror stories about our system than we ever do about theirs.
Apr 12, 2017