The private medical system here is amazing–even though I have no insurance coverage. Yesterday in the afternoon we went to the local private hospital (ten minute walk away for Josh’s house) to check out two problems I’d been experiencing.
I immediately was given two appointments, one 15 minutes later, one 45 minutes later, at $30/appointment—total cost, not a copay. The first doctor sent me for an x-ray costing $9. The second doctor prescribed three tests for a total cost of $40.
No waiting, no huge costs, no having to come and go multiple times–and the results are ready by this morning!
What a difference from the American system in every single aspect. One big difference is that suing doctors and hospitals is unusual here, keeping costs way down and also resulting in decisions being medically based rather than legally driven. I am thankful for such good care.
The psychiatrist treating Barbara is in the same hospital, and is also very available (gave us his cell phone number in case of need), is compassionate and really wants to help her. He is taking her off her Cymbalta and upped her dose of Prosaic, which seems to be helping.
The Lord has also provided a German counselor who can speak with her in her heart language, is insightful and does her work at no cost to us. “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who trusts in Him.” Psalm 34:8