Last week, I went to see an orthopedic doctor for a knee injury and next week, I will get an MRI. I had surgery on this knee in the US several years ago and it’s looking like I may be headed that way again. In the US, once the doctor said that I needed surgery, I had it done in a matter of just over a week. There, I had health insurance thanks to my job and paid just a small deductible charge. Here, I work at home as a freelancer but am covered for my health insurance as I am a Swedish resident. If I needed this surgery in the US as a freelancer, I would not be able to afford it as I would have no health coverage.
It’s interesting to think about. It will also be interesting to see if I have the surgery here and how long I will have to wait if I do need it. As the health care debate rages on in the US and so many people worry about a socialized care system, I do have to wonder what it all comes down to. I thought this article from the New York Times does a nice job of putting things into perspective: health care.