February 10, 2012
Up Yours, Egypt. We’re Number One!

Lauren Unger-Geoffroy writes from Cairo:

After the long weekend of revolution participation here, I had to pay 13 Egyptian pounds — the equivalent of three U.S. dollars — to have an X-ray of my stress-fractured ankle. The hospital was part of a labyrinthine and crowded complex, and I had to ask directions repeatedly. But eventually a cast and a containment brace were put on my ankle, all for the cost of the equivalent of an additional 45 U.S. dollars. I tsk-tsked and said to the young doctor, “That is expensive! Much more than last year.” He replied apologetically, “Yes, I know, I am sorry, but now we are using some American products.”

I did not mention that these American products would cost at least 300 times more in the U.S. than they cost here, or that in America I would have to pay $600 to health insurance extortion every single month for life in order to afford medical treatment. As I limped back to the taxi, accompanied by the typical sympathy, offers of help and well-wishing of strangers, I reflected on the strange chasm of values, self-interest, the evils of capitalism, human decency, pragmatism, social unity, and the vacuum of understanding into which can rush ... anything.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 10, 2012 12:12 PM
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I live as an expatriate in Peru. In the past two weeks I have been checked by four separate bone and joint specialists to decide how to fix my shoulder.

It took me less time to find and see 4 competent recommended doctors here than it would have taken me to find a bone specialist that accepts Medicare in the US, period, competent or not, and schedule an appointment.

I paid less than $200 for the tests, consultations, etc. I didn't even bother to fill out the insurance claim forms.

Posted by: evil is evil on February 11, 2012 4:45 PM

A strong piece and it really sucks but it seems Merka wants this. That's not why I came here.

10 points off the bench is not too shabby.

Posted by: on February 13, 2012 10:05 AM
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