Last year, I hit the tropical disease double whammy of dengue and shigella! I'm just lucky to live in a country where 10 hours in a hospital at the specialist unit for tropical diseases, a battery of tests over three days and doctors and nurses calling me at home to check on my status cost me exactly: ZERO. And this year, I tripped and fell while running. The soft neoprene brace I use cut into my skin severely. Stitches, X-ray and antibiotics cost? £8.60 (for the meds). All tolled, including waiting for pharmacy, two hours. Long live the NHS. May the US see the light.