Regional Vice Chair & Communciations Director at Democrats Abroad

  • tagged Sofia Johannesson's Free birth control #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 20:20:42 -0400

    Free birth control #DAresists #Medicare4all

    The easy accessible free birth control here in Sweden is great. It promotes a healthy outlook on sex, especially amongst young people like myself. Apart from the obvious benefits of reduced unwanted pregnancies it helps young women deeling with menstrual issues such as extensive pain. There is also a follow up on side effects which help you find what is right for you and your body. And it's completely free resulting in no one being excluded from this much needed but not always prioritized care.


  • tagged Judith Anderson's Cancer treatment in the UK #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 20:19:56 -0400

    Cancer treatment in the UK #DAresists #Medicare4all

    We moved from the US to the UK around 15 years ago. Britain's National Health Service is a taxpayer-funded universal health service, run by the government and available to all citizens and legal residents and free at the point of use. These are its founding principles and the NHS has broad public support which crosses all party lines. I suppose the NHS is probably one of the purest examples of "socialised medicine." My daughter was diagnosed with thyroid cancer as a young adult. Once the diagnosis was made she was operated on within weeks. The surgeon was very skilled, the nurses very attentive and the hospital was white-glove spotless. Once she had sufficiently recovered from the surgery she was again hospitalised for the radiation treatment. Five years later she is now cancer-free. She has yearly followup visits with the oncologist, and has to take thyroxine for the rest of her life. At the time, my daughter was a student and part-time coffee shop barista. She paid not a penny out of pocket for her treatment, and gets her ongoing prescriptions at no cost. The Brits view healthcare as a human right and the National Health Service as a mark of a civilized society. Americans certainly deserve no less.


  • tagged Amy Robinson's Neonatal Health Care in the UK #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 20:18:41 -0400

    Neonatal Health Care in the UK #DAresists #Medicare4all

    My daughter was born at 28 weeks weighing one and a quarter pounds and was 11 inches long. She was in the neonatal unit for just under four months. My husband and I were provided with accomodation at the hospital just down the corridor from the neonatal unit. My daughter received excellent care andas parents we were very well supported. This was an extremely stressful time and I am grateful that we didn't have the added stress of having to finance the medical care my daughter received, not only when she was an inpatient but as an outpatient for monitoring and follow up for many years. It makes a real difference to be able to access healthcare without worrying that you will not be able to afford the care you need. It is tragic that in the USA many people end up neglecting their health and the health of their families because of cost and easy access to services. It is nothing short of criminal to deny people the health care that everyone needs and deserves.


  • tagged Alan Crook's Healthcare for all #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 20:17:01 -0400

    Healthcare for all #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I am a dual US/Canadian citizen resident in Canada since 1978. Over those almost 40 years, I have experienced almost every aspect of universal health care, from moving provinces to GP checkups to minor surgery to emergency assessment for a mini-stroke. In every case I received prompt, caring service from our medical professionals, with no significant wait times. I can't speak highly enough of the experience, and I did not pay a single penny out of pocket. Alan Crook Kawartha Lakes, Ontario


  • In France -- No anxiety about being sick or paying for health care. #DAresists #Medicare4all

    Once I was visiting my parents in the US and I got a sinus infection. I ended up paying $250 for a doctor visit and antibiotics which in France would have cost me exactly 1 euro, the deductible for a doctor visit. I have had four surgeries in the seventeen years I have lived in France: one on each knee, one to remove my appendix, and one to remove a piece of metal lodged in my hand. Sécurité sociale has paid for taxis to pick me up at my home to take me to surgery, and taxis to bring me home when friends couldn't help. I was hospitalized for as long as it took, and never felt rushed or unready to go home. I lived alone at the time of my second knee surgery, and since I couldn't drive, a physical therapist came to my house three times a week for six weeks -- for free. Visiting nurses have come to my home to give me shots, change my bandages, and take my blood -- all for free. The only time I have to pay anything is 1€ for each doctor visit, and for the wifi and private room I requested for my second knee surgery. It is true that the French health system is less convenient when it comes to eyes and teeth, my complementary insurance, for which I pay 17€ a month, covers my contact lenses, and anything over the basic dental work or glasses. What I appreciate the most in France, besides the quality of care, is the lack of anxiety. If I am sick, I know I can stay home from work without repercussion. I can focus on getting better rather than worrying about paying for a surgery. If a doctor recommends a treatment, it happens. I don't have to worry about it being approved. And if I lose my job or move to a new place, I will still be covered. This lack of anxiety is something that I wish for all Americans.


  • tagged James Mironchik's A new hip and a new beginning #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 06:49:58 -0400

    A new hip and a new beginning #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I live in Germany. In early July, I finally had the operation. I say finally only because I had to schedule it around my work schedule (I'm a self-employed musician). But even the weeks and months leading up to the big day speak volumes to the type of care that most of the western world takes for granted. As an aside, I have to mention how I pay for health insurance (and retirement insurance/Social Security/Rentenversicherung, and long term care insurance/Pflegeversicherung). It is through KSK (Kunstlersozialkasse). It is an income-based fund for those that work in the arts or publishing. Joining the organization was the first thing I did on the way to my residency permits and without it those would have been difficult at best, but more like impossible, especially for someone self-employed. A couple of years ago, I had first spoken about a pain in my hip with my GP. X-rays showed that it was arthritis taking its toll. From that point, it was up to me to decide when to have the operation, based both on my level of discomfort/pain, and work schedule. The GP wrote a prescription for ibuprofen tablets (most prescriptions are cost free, I think this cost me €5 for a generous supply. Doctor visits have no co-pay. There is no deductible for most costs). Of course I was free to also choose where to have the operation. And also free to get second or fourth opinions. All covered without questions by insurance. After about 1 1/2 years of dealing with the worsening condition, I ended up visiting a doctor/surgeon recommended by a friend. He worked out of a hospital in a very nice tree-filled area of the city, away from the craziness. From then on things moved rather quickly; updated x-rays, a meeting with the anaesthesiologist, a meeting for blood work-up and screening (it turns out they found a routine infection that was eradicated via a megadose antibiotic). Another reason for comfort with this particular doctor/surgeon is because of the device that he championed. It is a combination titanium and ceramic device, requiring no cement. The latter is better because in my case, I’m a bit young for the operation and it may have to be done again in 25-or-so years, depending on normal wear and tear. But this device will last longer than a traditional metal only unit. I checked in to the hospital (more accurately referred to as a Klinik, I believe because it is a private facility, as opposed to a Krankenhaus, which is public, but that needs to be verified) the afternoon before the surgery. Heh, none of this showing up at 6:00 AM on the day of stuff… The plan was to stay at the Klinik for 11 days, then move directly to a rehab facility for 3 weeks (!). All of this paid for through health and retirement insurance, without a deductible, except for €10 per day while at the Klinik. The room at the Klinik was shared with 2 other men The room at the Rehab facility was private, with all of the panache of a 1.5-2 star hotel… In other words basic, but good enough. As for the level of care, it couldn’t have been better, although hospital food is simply universally disliked. And the focus on infection prevention was incredible, as well. From the aforementioned infection treatment, to the constant reminders to use disinfectant, etc. As for recovery, it was the 2nd or 3rd day after the operation when the physical therapist already had me standing. From then on, daily exercises, then to getting around on crutches shortly afterward, to extended walks around the campus and neighborhood, and all of this while still at the Klinik. The move to the Rehab facility was done via taxi (paid for by insurance, of course) on a Friday morning. Checked in there (another gorgeous area of the city, right next to a park) and basically had the weekend free until the further rehab work would begin. I didn’t know what to expect at Rehab, but what was given was far more than anything I thought would happen. Not just the planned exercises (both in a health-club environment and physical therapy settings), but the seminars over nutrition and pain management, the one-on-one care from the therapists, nurses and doctors, financial advice and aid for those of us self employed and losing income while not working, the relaxation sessions, the time spent socially with other patients, etc. Day by day, better and better. Walks in the park to using stairs more than the elevator, the guidance and support from the staff, down time to practice or work on music (I had brought my computer and such with me). Also, it’s now 2 1/2 months since the operation, and rehab continues twice a week at a health-club-like facility in the city (one is given €5 per appointment for transportation costs!), and continued physical therapy at a second place. Again, to sum it all up, the experience was and continues to be wonderful. And with no worries for payment, what I could or couldn’t afford, even to the point of receiving some compensation to help with the loss of income, it is what most of the western world takes for granted, but what in the US is sadly and maddeningly argued over with all of the idiotic, uninformed fear mongering that goes along with it.


  • tagged Gareth Brown's Universal Healthcare - It Makes Sense on So Many Levels #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 06:49:07 -0400

    Universal Healthcare - It Makes Sense on So Many Levels #DAresists #Medicare4all

    The first question one should ask oneself is, here, in a civilized society, why should one person be able to buy better healthcare than another? Aren't we all supposed to help each other? Isn't a healthy nation a successful one? Shouldn't we be leading the world instead of seeing some parts of the country reduced to third world levels of care? In the UK, we all put in, like for any insurance scheme, and when we fall ill, it's there for us. Until then, we subsidize the health of our neighbors. If you read about any problems nowadays, it is because private for-profit interests have been allowed into the system to the extent that when the government says it is investing more in the NHS, it isn't a question of how much, it's where it's going. And of course, Brexit won't help in terms of staffing. But at it's heart, the National Health system is a wonderful thing. Knowing that if you fall ill or need an operation you will be taken care of, frees you up to be a more positive and productive member of society. A healthy nation is a strong nation. Yes one must rein in profiteers to make it affordable - but no one is saying they can't make a profit - just not at the life and death expense of the country as a whole. National Healthcare is good for all and would be great for America - we would be unbeatable.


  • tagged Rebecca Bowen-Yobe's Universal healthcare helps keep healthcare cost in check!#DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 06:47:57 -0400

    Universal healthcare helps keep healthcare cost in check!#DAresists #Medicare4all

    Friends of ours from California were visiting us where we live in France and one of them needed emergency gall bladder surgery. He had to spend 5 days in the hospital and the surgery, hospital stay, medications and follow-up care (daily house calls by a nurse) came to a total of 5000€. He of course had to pay for this as he's not covered by the French healthcare system but the cost of this life-saving surgery did not land him with a bill that would destroy his life! Thank you universal healthcare!


  • tagged Mary Granger's Vote for universal healthcare! #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 06:47:13 -0400

    Vote for universal healthcare! #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I have lived in Spain for 28 years. I have had numerous small illnesses, have high cholesterol, have had a number of x-rays and other tests, and even a broken leg in these years. I have never had to pay more than $20 at any time for any medicines (including statins), and all of my checkups, tests and other services have been free of charge. Usually medicines are under $5. There is a fee taken from my paycheck every month, pooled with everyone else's taxes, and this provided healthcare for the entire population. Waits for non-emergency services may be longer than I'd like, but I always have the option of paying a small fee (much smaller than in the US) to see a private doctor if I don't feel like waiting. I can easily make an appointment to see my GP online, and if it's more urgent I don't need any appointment. Emergency services are 24/7 at the hospitals, and they work effectively based on level of urgency (someone complaining of stomach problems which have been giving them trouble for weeks will go to the bottom of the list, obviously - they could have seen their GP at any time before going to the emergency room!). It's generally agreed here that the level of public healthcare is better than the private because they have more funding; the only reason people go to private doctors is to avoid queues or if they want special treatment like private rooms for birthcare, etc.


  • tagged Wendy Abondolo's A superb national health service #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 06:02:41 -0400

    A superb national health service #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I live in the UK, which has a national health service (the NHS). All care is free at the point of delivery, paid for out of taxes. My experience of the NHS is as both a patient and a manger within it. One day I awoke to find that the vision in my right eye had decreased; the world looked dimmer. I went to my GP, was seen as an emergency patient immediately, and was sent straight to the hospital to see an ophthalmologist. After an MRI I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and opted for treatment at the specialist London hospital. Years later I continue to be seen for neurological check-ups, am supported by a local MS therapy center, and recently retired after completing 30 years working in the NHS. I've never been charged for a visit to a doctor; when I arrive at a hospital the questions I'm asked are not about money or insurance, but to verify my address and contact details. A few years back while on a visit here from the States, my mother fell on the sidewalk while shopping in town. A passerby called the ambulance which took her to the local hospital. By the time I arrived from work, my mother was chatting with nurses who were bandaging her leg; she'd had an X-ray to confirm nothing was broken, and could not stop marvelling at the care she'd received. "I kept asking where I should pay or what cards they needed to see but all they wanted to hear about was where it hurt" she told me. I can't think of a more succinct example of what a healthcare system should be. I was billed £25 for her care after she left, as she was a visitor and not a resident. From a clinical and managerial perspective the overwhelming advantage of the UK over the US healthcare system is the removal of an entire layer of bureaucracy; without the cumbersome process of checking insurance status and billing (with its concomitant stress on the patient), the organisation is free to focus on clinical care. The standard of care here is excellent; I speak as someone who has worked in various US healthcare facilities, including Memorial Sloan Kettering. My work in the NHS is among the proudest achievements of my career. Worries about whether or not I would be able to afford health care (especially with a pre-existing condition) is one of the main reasons I haven't moved back to the States. I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of this issue.


  • tagged Jennifer Bohle's A Tale of Two Nations: Struggles with Crohn's Disease #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 05:36:03 -0400

    A Tale of Two Nations: Struggles with Crohn's Disease #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the end of my sophomore year of college, in 1998. The disease has no cure, and while it can be managed, it is at times excruciating --- both due to the physical manifestations and symptoms, but also for the mental anguish involved. It takes a toll, especially on youth. I had never given a thought to insurance or deductibles, never given a thought to chronic illness or preexisiting conditions. Health insurance was a nightmare. I will never forget my doctor telling me after I was diagnosed that I would have to find a job after college with a corporation or somewhere with a large coverage pool. In essence, Insurance would determine my fate. My fate and freedom were tethered to health insurance. It would tell me when I had to leave graduate school, where I could work ---that I had to, because of a malfunctioning protein, find a job, indeed career, almost solely based on health insurance.

    I'm fortunate I had parents who had the resources and wherewithal to do things like hire attorneys and file complaints with the state insurance commissioner every time I was denied medication and treatment – what happened to the folks pre-ACA who couldn't do these things? At one point, when my doctor prescribed an expensive miracle drug fresh off FDA approval, he was forced into sending pleading faxes to the insurance company, lobbying on my behalf. The profiteers and money makers were clearly in charge --- telling the doctors what they could and could not do and prescribe. Like some sort of modern iteration of the greek gods, I can only think the insurance bureaucrats must have enjoyed the trials and tribulations they insouciantly and nonchalantly doled out, all to maximize profits for their corporate shareholders. There was the time I had fasted for 24 hours in preparation for a test, only to get to the hospital and have the nurse tell me that when she tried to run a pre-approval, insurance wasn't going to pay for the test. There was the time I had my expensive infusion of medicine at the hospital and insurance had changed the rules about where they would pay for patients to have it done. There are dozens more of these „There was the time“ tales. Every time I got something in the mail from insurance it meant I would be out a few hundred or thousand dollars or have to make fraught phone calls. It was stress on top of stress. And I had the best, most expensive, most premium, top tier insurance offered by my employer.

    In 2007 I quit my teaching job and moved to Germany, my (German) fiancee/soon-to-be-husband and I agreeing that things would likely be better for me here, both for a saner and slower pace of life as well for the universal healthcare. After getting into the insurance system upon marriage( for which my husband pays a small percentage of his salary that is matched by his employer) I was almost immediately able to visit a leading university specialist through a call from my then-new General Practitioner (with whom I have ALWAYS, without exception, gotten a same day appointment, likely within an hour of when I call, for matters both minute and more serious)The specialist put me on a similar (exceedingly costly) medical regime to what I had back in Kentucky except that instead of insurance rigamarole like EOBs and copays and deductibles I get, every two months, a 10 euro invoice from the clinic pharmacy. I pay 60 euros a year for infusions that total approximately 42,000 euros each year. I recently paid just 5 euros for antibiotics, and my three year old son, like all children under 18 in Germany, gets all of his medication for free. All his appointments are free. Furthermore, I think back to my pregnancy --- a time when I have never felt more supported and cared for by a medical system. Me --- a foreigner whose German is pretty dubious at times --- getting better, more reliable care than I had ever had in my native country with seemingly the best of everything.  I had a midwife I saw with no out of pocket costs from 12 weeks of pregnancy to three months after delivery, as well as two Ob/GYNs (my regular one and a specialist for potential complications). There were never bills in the mail for any of these services (I suppose they were simply sent straight to insurance and because the health insurance industry is so heavily regulated in Germany and not dependent on turning a profit, they just pay for things. No quibbles, no arguing).  Our almost weeklong hospital visit for our son's birth consisted of free buffets 3 times a day and sharing a room with my new baby and husband. At the end of the 6 days we went to the hospital discharge area and paid 60 euros for everything and we even had free parking at the hospital. That was it. And that's the beauty of healthcare here in Germany --- that really is it. There are no hidden charges anywhere, no traps set by bureaucrats, no bankruptcies looming for a devastating illness that could come out of nowhere. You start to feel safe with this kind of system.  

    To this day, though, when I receive mail from our insurance company here, I still shudder and open it nervously, expecting denial of coverage or trickery and an obscure reason why they don't want to cover something. It always ends up being a customer satisfaction survey, a free stress-reduction massage, or a reminder about free prevention programs. I am a refugee of the American Healthcare system, pre ACA. I don't say that to denigrate the experiences of true refugees from war torn countries who are in imminent daily danger of death, and I am fully aware of the privileges afforded to me as a white middle class American --- namely, I am considered an expat, as opposed to an immigrant or a refugee --- someone who moved to Germany voluntarily. But I felt as if my well-being and life were in danger under the old health insurance system and it seems it would be doubly so now. It struck me as a good idea to move here in 2007, but it's a necessity to stay here now. I'd never get insurance again. It bears saying again: I am a refugee of the American Healthcare system.


  • tagged Eric Harvison's No waiting / No cost #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 05:32:31 -0400

    No waiting / No cost #DAresists #Medicare4all

    (Copenhagen, Denmark) Visited a Dermatologist earlier this year because of some sun damage on my nose. The dermatologist advised me that the damage was quite deep and along with a biopsy the damage would need to be treated by a plastic surgeon. The dermatologist informed me that someone from my local hospital would get in touch with me "soon" to schedule the biopsy and follow up surgery to remove the skin damage. Within 48 hours I had a call from the hospital offering me a choice of several different days/times that I could come in the following week. Following the biopsy, I had to wear a dressing for a few days while we awaited the results. The hospital sent me home with gauze, medical tape, ointment, scissors, and tweezers so I could change my own dressings. A few days later after the (negative) biopsy results, they scheduled my plastic surgery to remove the sun damage, and repair it with a small skin graft taken from my neck. The surgery was performed by a team of 4 - a surgeon, 2 nurses, and an anesthesiologist, who took their time and were clearly interested in my care and comfort. Follow up visits were required to remove the stitches, and later to two visits to check on the healing. In all, I probably filled out a total of 3 forms, never waited more than 15 minutes to see a doctor or nurse, and my total out of pocket expense was ZERO - well, actually I did pay the equivalent of about $2 for a bus ride home after my surgery because they told me I shouldn't ride my bike. Compare this to my last US dermatologist visit in 2015 for out-patient treatment of minor sun damage on my face. With what I'd consider pretty good private insurance from my Fortune 100 company policy, my out of pocket was $225. I waited about a week for my appointment (not bad), filled out reams of paperwork - mostly asking the same questions I'd answered in my previous visits, had to file additional paperwork with my insurance company, and was kept waiting 30 minutes beyond the time of my appointment to see the doctor, who was clearly overbooked and quite rushed.


  • tagged Ruth Krueger's Safe and Secure in Germany #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 05:10:03 -0400

    Safe and Secure in Germany #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I am an American living abroad in Germany. As the mother of 3, I will attest to the total freedom and security that comes with free healthcare. All of my children have had incredible luck with their health, there has been no terrible scare to contend with. But day to day, with allergies here and a broken bone there, we have always had the ease to go to any hospital or specialist as needed. My own health care has also been exceptional. I am 55 and from the beginning of my life in Munich to now I have never once not been able to get the care I 've needed. From broken bones (motorcycle accident), help with fertility, care and constant monitoring during difficult pregnancies, extra care for preemies (including a midwife that came to our home), all types of cancer screenings, paying for all doctors bills for chronic pain from Rheumatism, all dental, ... Well, I can go on. I will gladly continue to express my gratitude towards the German goverment's handling of our healthcare . All the while knowing that we are not exceptional, we are proudly one family of many that is secure in our healthcare needs within this country. I will gladly yell from any platform that Universal Healthcare is a right and not a privilege. We Americans Abroad here in Germany are proof of that .


  • tagged Morris Grossfeld's Managing Leukemia on the UK National Health Service #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 05:09:54 -0400

    Managing Leukemia on the UK National Health Service #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I live in London and have for many years now. When I was feeling unusually sluggish for weeks, I went to see my GP, who suggested a blood test. He had the result the next day and rang me immediately, offering me a choice of two local hospitals, and he then arranged for me to see a specialist at my chosen hospital within the hour. The hospital quickly confirmed a diagnosis of Leukemia and I was admitted for treatment of blood transfusions. I was then referred to another London hospital who are the UK Center of Excellence for the treatment of the rare form of Leukemia I have. They offered me a drug trial and I have never looked back, achieving remission in six months. My specialist was available to me for weekly visits as well as phone calls and email whenever I had any questions or concerns. She normally replied to my emails within about two hours. And all of this cost me not one penny - not the consultations, drugs, tests, transfusions or treatments. When I read the horror stories in the US press about "socialized medicine," I would like everyone in the US to know what it is really like to be backed up by the UK system, which is caring, responsive and up-to-date, and all free at the point of delivery.


  • tagged Kirk Haggerty's Health Insurance in Germany #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 05:08:55 -0400

    Health Insurance in Germany #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I'm an American who has been living and working in Germany for 25 years! I've been an asthmatic since childhood. It was always a struggle for my parents to get help for me when I had an asthma attack and can barely breathe! As I got older I was able to get health insurance through my employer, but whenever I lost a job I would also lose my health insurance! When I went to Germany I was suprised how easy the whole health insurance system was. Rich or poor, employed or unemployed, young and old; everyone was insured and had a simple card to use whenever one needed to go to a doctor or to the hospital. Germany has probably the oldest functioning health insurance system in the world - it's origins go back to the age of Bismarck in the 1880s. Yes, taxes are higher to help pay for the system but nobody really complains about it. Is it perfect? No, nothing is. But in the end everybody is satisfied with it, regardless of what political party one favors. I only wish that the U.S. would learn some lessons from the German health insurance system.


  • Universal health-care in Spain takes care of me in my retirement #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I have been living and working in Spain since 1964. There was a moment that I thought it was a temporary situation. Then I went back to the US with the thought of relocating there. After talking to friends and discovering what they were paying for health insurance, I changed my mind. Plus a horror story from my own family definitely changed my mind. A brother-in-law had a heart attack IN A HOSPITAL. He was later presented with a $40,000 bill that his insurance refused to pay and they cancelled his policy. This after years of paying $800 a month! Four years later and a court case, the hospital settled for $25,000. Something doesn't make sense. I am now retired and receiving wonderful medical attention cost-free. This does not mean that it is free. I paid into Social Security for years but am now enjoying the benefits of stress-free medical care that allows me to live comfortably on my pension without worries. So, wake up, America. Health-care should take care of you not bankrupt you.


  • tagged Mirah Gary's A week in the hospital with no bills #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 05:07:01 -0400

    A week in the hospital with no bills #DAresists #Medicare4all

    About 3 years ago, I broke my leg skating. This resulted in an ambulance ride to the hospital, emergency surgery to install a metal nail and screws, and a week's stay in the hospital. How much did I end up paying for all this? Nothing, it was completely covered by insurance, I paid nothing out of pocket. Just imagine how much this would have cost in the US, even after insurance. Think about the deductibles, the copays, the time off work.


  • tagged Walter Winfield's No appointment? No problem. #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 02:37:41 -0400

    No appointment? No problem. #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I live in Taiwan, which has national health insurance. One afternoon I mentioned to my wife that my eye had felt strange all day. She suggested we go to the ophthalmologist, whose office was a block from our house. It was about 4:30 and I knew they closed at 5:00pm. Not only that, I had no appointment. I assumed that I'd be turned away but my eye was uncomfortable so we went. There were a few patients in the waiting area when we got there. Eventually the doctor saw me and by 5:10 I was walking out the door with some eye drops. I was impressed. I have had doctors here tell me they are proud of the system that allows them to serve everyone. It is common for Taiwan citizens who live abroad to continue paying their insurance premiums and then getting checkups when they return to Taiwan because they don't have to wait weeks as people in some countries must do.


Regional Vice Chair & Communciations Director at Democrats Abroad