I have had a close friend from Romania for about 35 years. She came to America when she was about 25, risking leaving her only daughter behind so she could get a foothold here and make the American dream for her, and she did. She married a Hungarian who’s been here about 40 years and they’ve done just fine. And she’s scared to death.
My friend keeps saying “But Z, Americans don’t know how good they have it! Why are they trying to go to socialized medicine?”
This friend’s brother just had surgery in Romania. If you’re very old, they won’t even treat you. If you call for an ambulance, they ask how old you are and tell you “We have a younger person we need to get to the hospital first, so you must wait.” If you’re old, you don’t really matter to Romanian medicine. That’s always been the truth, according to Liana.
The brother’s surgery was covered by the state. Great! Except he had to “tip” in private the doctor the equivalence of $4000.00 or not have a surgery. When he needed a certain drug, the hospital didn’t have any so his wife had to find a pharmacy which had it and pay full, very expensive, price, and bring it to the hospital for him to take.
My friend and her husband are both American citizens and have been for about 30 years. They love this country and are worried sick………“What is wrong with Americans that they don’t want the good insurance we have? Don’t they realize medicare-for-all will stop research, stop good care, stop even being completely free….free from “tips”?
I guess not.