[quote=“Petrichor”][quote=“Belgian Pie”][quote=“Petrichor”][quote=“headhonchoII”]Theres no free healthcare similar to Taiwan in Ireland (Ireland doesn’t use a universal insurance system), nor is Taiwan’s healthcare ‘free’ just pretty cheap in general.
For instance a GP visit could cost 50 euro not including prescription in Ireland (unless you have a medical card). I just visited a local GP this morning and paid 4 euro including prescribed drugs!
You can access consultants here within one week through the public system, generally there is no need to go private, you can also try different hospitals (shop around). Costs are very minimal through the public system for routine operations, as long as you don’t want extras like private room. The system works that the payment goes with the patient, so a patient can visit almost any hospital, public or private, and the hospital then bills the universal insurance fund.
Private extra insurance or private treatment does have some advantages, mainly more time and personal care and you can pay an individual room and of course private insurance could cover expensive cancer treatments.[/quote]
I thought you could see a consultant straightaway at most hospitals? When we go to Wanfang Hospital we see whatever specialist we ask for without making an appointment.[/quote]
Sure, if you don’t mind waiting in total chaos and in the midst of a caughing crowd, most hospitals have waiting facilities set-up badly.[/quote]
Is there a doctor’s office that doesn’t have sick people waiting? Please, show me the way![/quote]
There are people that need to be in a hospital, and there are people that are not! They just have snot up their nose!