The Day I Paid At The Dentist

In Czechs on January 22, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka

As of January 1 the new healthcare reform laws stipulate that patients pay a 30-crown ($1.30) one-off fee for visiting a doctor’s office. Many many people oppose this novelty and some opposition politicians claim that the law is anti-social.

My yesterday’s visit to a dentist who has the most state-of-the-art equipment consisted of a prevention check (despite the fact is was not on the twice-per-year schedule), tartar removal (perfect job done) and a ten-minute consultation about my canine tooth that begins to stick out a little for which I might need braces for a while.

It was absolutely worth those 30 crowns.

I don’t understand why people oppose this idea. Especially pensioners are willing to spend three thousand crowns for their dogs’ medicines and operations… and now they are not willing to spend 30 crowns for a visit to their own doctor?

Okay, I admit, they had paid health insurance for more than fifty years so it might seem a bit unfair… I just checked by paycheck slip, I pay health insurance in the amount of 1300 crowns ($60) per month…


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