Imagine my fear. I wake up in the middle of the night, my left eye throbbing. I’d gone to bed with it red for two nights in a row now, but the pain was minimal. But now it was throbbing and keeping me awake.
Worse — I’m in a foreign country. I don’t know if I have health insurance. There’s a space between when the old employer tells the health insurance company that you are no longer employed and when the health insurance company received your private and oh-so-expensive premium. And I’ve had problems with my left eye before — a corneal erosion that led to a debridement. Don’t ask — just know you’d rather tear your eye out than go through that again.
But my friend who lives in the foreign country urges me to the hospital, and what can I do since I’m not schedule to fly home for another 8 days. I end up visiting two hospitals — a general hospital and then a eye hospital.
No one — no one, asked for my insurance card.
No one asked how I was going to pay for it.
No one balked at treating me.
And it didn’t take me six months to see a doctor.
And when I finally paid for my prescription, it was UK$7.65!
Why isn’t health care like this everywhere?