I struggle to write this blog, as my head is pounding, my eyes are bloodshot, and my body aches everywhere. I just gave up my dinner to the toilet a few minutes ago, so the nausea is gone. I am compelled to take time to acknowledge the Healthcare system in Taiwan.
Two days ago, I came down with a serious fever and headache. I was worried I had something contagious. But by the next day, my fever was gone. I slept for 16 hours to accomplish that. I realized that I had symptoms of a bladder infection, as I had one last year in Florida.
I took today off work and went to the local health department. I saw the Western-medicine doctor, took a urine test, received a shot of medicine, and received a prescription for pills. I paid for the doctor visit, the urine test, the shot and the pills. What did it cost? US $11. Yeah, even I was surprised. I do not have national healthcare yet, so I paid full price for everything. US $11. Once I get healthcare for my family next month, I will pay a fraction of that. Oh, when I got the bill for the bladder infection in Florida last year, it was over US $600.
This post may be relevant to what is going on in the USA, because the Obama administration is trying hard to pass a national healthcare system. He is facing much resistance. Ask yourself, who is putting up the biggest fight? Healthcare companies, drug companies, politicians they donated to? The bottom line is “Money.” There are companies, executives, doctors, investors, etc who aren’t willing to give up the healthcare pot of gold. They provide all type of reasons why nationalized healthcare won’t work. Those with extreme views resort to scare tactics, out of fear.
I invite people to check out the healthcare system in Taiwan to try to understand why it is working here. I think they will find there are a different set of priorities here. I invite anyone who is disenfranchised to live in Taiwan and experience what life is like with affordable healthcare.