I get free medical treatment on-campus. The doctors can't speak much English here. One time I went to the clinic with my Chinese girlfriend, because she had a cold. She spoke to the doctor, and told him that I was suffering from whatever she had (a cold, running nose, sore throat, headache). The doctor looked in my mouth at my throat. He then explained that I should eat more green vegetables. I nodded in agreement, took the prescriptions downstairs to get them filled (gratis), and left in perfect health
My husband went to the dentist yesterday, expecting to get his wisdom teeth out (3 of them)... It would have costed him CDN$ 1000 !!! At this price we'll pay ourselves a visit to the in-law's in Brazil... It'll be cheaper there (I'll do this too, since I'll have have to do it one day... )
They treat you, then ask for your (current) insurance card so they can make a copy for your file (so it's current). They proceed to send your claim to your old insurance company (for which they don't have a copy of the card), and the claim is denied. They resubmit the claim to the correct insurance company and 4 months later you recieve a bill for your portion of the co-pay. The old insurance company sends you an EOB (explanation of benefits) explaining the denied claim - in hopes that you will grasp the reality that your doctor's office staff is a confused lot. The doctor gets to claim deniablity because he only gave you treatment. I'm guessing woodland gnomes hired the office staff...
Sad as it sounds...you hit the nail on the head...The US is in dire need of a medical (and all it entails) overhaul!
(Thanks for the giggle )
In Germany everybody has to have an insurance, and you can decide wich you like! Partly great differences in price!
I once had to go to an dentist in the Netherlands!
Wasn's cheap, but the treatment was good, and the dentist was cute!
I had a crown done at a Chinese dental clinic in Kunming. He didn't have a suction hose, so I had to keep sitting up to empty my mouth. It was just going to a gym, and doing sit-ups.