posted on Jul, 5 2016 @ 05:51 PM
a reply to: Quantum12
Ambulance transport is free here, thank goodness. (Even including Medivac choppers if needed.) We're covered for it under our National Health
insurance. Ditto all the hospital care. We just pay a single, token fee for the hospital visit, with no regard for how much they actually need to do.
30 Czech crowns (Kc) during "normal" hours and 90 Kc out of hours, on weekends and public holidays. One dollar US is about 24 Czech crowns, so 30 Kc
is a buck and a quarter.
But if we get asked to come back in for a "kontrol" (checkup), then there's no fee at all. Because it's the doctor's decision that we need to. Here's
the reasoning: the 30 Kc (or 90 Kc) fee is really just to stop people going to the hospital Emergency center when they really don't need to at all.
And yes, some do. People turning up at Emergency with a small cut on a finger, for example. Or they just have a cold with no complications at all.
Things like that. If they are there, they have to be seen. And that puts a drain on resources and extra workloads on the professional medical staff.
And yes, it works. Especially the 90 Kc fee, which tends to stop people coming in on weekends with utterly stupid little medical issues. But on the
other side of things, if a person truly needs help and simply doesn't have any money on them, they still get treatment. I was in such a mess on
Saturday night that I went off in the ambulance with Dada without the money to pay her 90 Kc fee. Simply forgot. Doctor said no problem, I could pay
it any time in the next 8 days. So, we took care of it on Monday.
So, our two separate trips to the hospital on Saturday cost us 180 Kc. A bit under $8 all up. The Monday visits were free, because we were asked to
come back for checkups. Ditto my surgery. Because it's been recommended by the docs, my health insurance company will cover it.
If I want a nose job, then it's up to me to fund it because it's purely elective and not medically required. But for anything that is truly medical
care, it's covered. Which is the way health insurance ought to work, really.