Friday, July 28, 2006

The cost of being sick in a foreign country.....

I visited the doctor today and also went to the pharmacy. Think about the cost of this in the US, especially if you do not have health insurance and need to pay for it 100% out of pocket.

Here is my bills.....

Doctors Office Visit € 25.00
5 days antibiotics € 10.98
Codeine Cough Syrup € 6.10
Nasal Spray € 9.18

Total Damages € 51.26 = 61 USD

Huh? Thats it? Woo hoo!! That is less than what I would have paid in the US with all of my co-pays and deductibles etc!

I have noticed that the cost of medical care and products is significantly less even when you are not covered by the national health care system.

5 comments:

Isela: Purling Sprite said...

wow, that is very cheap healthcare..cool.

Jaye said...

Wow! Talk about reasonably inexpensive healthcare.

Hope you're feeling better soon :)

Mimi said...

At least that's some consolation ;)
Hope you're feeling much better now!

Vik said...

Oh Kimberly, hope you get well soon!

Elise said...

When We lived In S Korea it was the same thing. A dr's visit medicine and all was like a total of maybe 20,000 or 30,000 won or about $19.00 or $28.00. Now they didn't take our insurance in the hospital and you had to pay before you left and that got expensive!