Yesterday, I called the eye doctor because I need new glasses. Mine are just getting old and kinda gross, and I want something sort of sylish that I don't feel lame wearing outside.
So I called and made an appointment for the next day (today). Sweet. I got to the office, waited five minutes, went inside, and ten minutes later, walked out with my prescription and a trial set of contacts. It cost me 70 euros, 80% of which is reimbursed by my insurance.
This is health care that functions, people! Do you hear that? It works. I got what I needed, when I needed it, and at a reasonable price. Why is this concept so foreign to my homeland?
Tomorrow, I am bringing down my "Mutuelle" card to the eyeglasses place and saying, "Hi, I have 50 euros to spend on glasses. What glasses can I get that will give me the most money back? For instance, if I buy these 200 euro glasses, will I get 150 euros back? Lay 'em out for me, right there on the table. Spread 'em. Lemme know what kinda glasses I'm dealing with here, homes, and then we can talk."
Seriously? I cannot believe that I'm going to have - once everything is said and done - new contacts, an eye check-up, and two new pairs of glasses for something like 70 euros.
Never again will I do eye business in the United States of America.