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Old 14.05.2011, 16:16
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15 minute emergency room visit

One of the reasons I like Swiss health care. This morning I woke up a little under the weather and noticed my tongue was somewhat furry and green suggesting a fungal infection. it happens when your immune system is comprimised as with chemo.

On the weekends, my oncologist's office directs people to the emergency room at the hospital where he practices, so I called them, spoke to a doctor and arranged to come in at noon. It wasn't an energency so we could agree on a time. i arrived at noon, filled out a paper, saw the doctor and left with my prescription by 12:15.

so ok, it wasn't a flashing lights trauma emergency. And i was lucky that it was pretty quiet - no incoming trauma, etc., more like an urgent care visit, I suppose. Still, a very pleasant surprise - as much as these things can be pleasant.


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Old 14.05.2011, 16:26
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When someone else is paying the bills such that the customer never asks the price, is it surprising that service can be good? :)
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Old 14.05.2011, 16:31
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We had a just before lunch time accident (son ran up the half pipe ramp, slipped and split open his chin) and got in the ER within 5 minutes upon entering. Better than the hour wait (stateside) I had as a child for the same thing.
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When someone else is paying the bills such that the customer never asks the price, is it surprising that service can be good?
i will get a bill. so what? this is the procedure i am to follow as an oncology patient. not going to wait till monday to see if i get worse when i can be proactive now.
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When someone else is paying the bills such that the customer never asks the price, is it surprising that service can be good?
Maybe I have missed something here, but we all pay for our own care given that we pay our own health insurance. It's not cheap here but for the most part the care is good and efficient. So I am not sure what your point is...(if there was one).
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