I have just had to pay $50 dollars. Yes, $50 to see a doctor. I can't believe it. I was in there for about 10 minutes. He took a look down my throat and in my ears and told me there was nothing he could do apart form prescribe me some antihistamines to clear up my ear pain.
$50 for a prescription I didn't need as those same anti histamines are available over the counter anyway. WTF!!!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, you never truly appreciate your own country until you spend some serious time away from it. And you can never truly appreciate the NHS until you have had to pay a ridiculous sum of money for 10 minutes with a doctor in a foreign country.
The NHS may have its faults, I don't deny it. But the main thing is that it does work and it is there when you need it.
Healthcare should be free, not just for the privalidged few who can afford it. I may not have got a lot out of today's appointment but I did get peace of mind that I don't have some horrible ear, nose and throat infection that will leave me deaf and mute. But what if I didn't have the money to pay? I would have to ride out the misery of being ill while the stress and anxiety of fretting about what is wrong with me made me even sicker. That's no way to live.