posted on Jan, 14 2013 @ 11:45 PM
I was down with some serious health issues, which turned out to be related to a surgery 15 years ago.
In the U.S., I have Tricare health insurance (government) and access to VA facilities. I was unable to get good treatment from the VA, because they
danced around the "service-connected" nature of my complaints. Seeing U.S. private doctors, with my health insurance, was not getting any closer to
helping. They just kept running expensive test that did not really address what I kept pointing out to them in my medical records.
I've had a Japanese spouse visa for many years, but until last year, I didn't think I needed to seek healthcare there. After finding the U.S. doctors
continually running the same tests, without making a diagnosis, I sought healthcare in Japan. They started by listening to my complaints, and
studying my medical records. They didn't even order an electromyography, something that the U.S. doctors had given me twice a year. While the U.S.
doctors had mostly listened to my complaints, and kept concluding that I must have a neurological disorder, the Japanese doctors looked at the big
picture. They said what I knew for 15 years. I have a circulatory disturbance caused by the surgery 15 years ago.
I'm not saying that they have the best health care in the world, but it was certainly a much different experience from the U.S. for me. In Japan,
there is no money to be made from performing expensive medical tests, unlike the U.S. I think that the doctors in the U.S. just saw me as their cash
edit on 14-1-2013 by tamusan because: (no reason given)