Sue Legro published Healthcare in Czechia -- Putting Children and Families First #DAresists #Medicare4all in Healthcare Stories 2017-09-24 12:45:34 -0400
I've been living in the Czech Republic for almost 15 years and gave birth to both of my daughters here. Infant and maternal mortality here is lower than in the United States, in large part due to access to high-quality prenatal care through a government health care system. Last year, my younger daughter was hospitalized with meningitis and spent 10 days in the hospital, with 5 of those in the pediatric ICU. We were terrified, but she received excellent care that was in line with international good practice, and we were able to focus on her medical care without having to worry about our medical bills -- everything was covered by our national insurance. Yes, everything: the neurologist, follow-up appointments, the ICU stay...everything! I'm self-employed, and I can't imagine how we could have managed this emergency in the U.S. I sleep better at night knowing that my family is covered here, but all Americans deserve peace of mind and access to high-quality healthcare for their families!