We’ve heard numerous horror stories about the U.S. healthcare system, and the inability to provide basic and affordable care for the ordinary citizens for an advanced nation is unacceptable, especially when compared to European countries.
However, reading articles like this is not enough for some people, and they only see what they’re missing when they travel abroad. Yes, a visit to the emergency room is traumatic enough for everyone, but it seems really unfair to saddle someone with years of debt too.
Nashville-based author Mary Robinette Kowal was in Iceland back in 2006 while she was working as a puppeteer on a children’s TV show called Lazytown. However, one day, while doing a regular check, she found a lump.
She told Bored Panda that it wasn’t the first she’d found a lump, and even though she knew that it was probably nothing because there’s no history of breast cancer in her family, she knew that there’s still a chance that the lump is going to be a problem.
She was dreading the process of having to navigate a healthcare system in a foreign language, though, and she assumed that it would be as complicated as it was in the U.S.
Well, that was how Mary Robinette’s incredibly short journey through the Icelandic healthcare system began.
Check out the story she shared on Twitter below:
Mary Robinette’s story sparked a discussion about how various healthcare systems work around the world, and many people chimed in and shared their own experiences: