I know this is small potatoes compared to many of your shocking stories, but here goes. We are an American family that has been living in London for the last 15 years. On holiday last summer in NJ, my 5-year-old daughter developed a rash. She overproduces histamines when she has a virus or infection, and has needed steroids in the past, so we decided to take her to a primary care unit to have her looked at - Ocean Medical Center, run by Meridian. After waiting for about an hour, a physician saw us, asked me to lift my daughter's shirt, had a quick look, and said, 'Yes, that's ring worm, she just needs an anti-fungal cream which you can get at CVS." And we left. That was it. We were charged $75 and my husband said, "Well, that wasn't too bad, was it?" We have just received a bill for 'Emergency Services' for $935. When we phoned from London to query this, they told us we would have to pay to gain access to my daughter's medical records to see why that amount was charged. The woman also said the state of NJ sets the costs for treatment. We just can't understand how this system is tolerated by my fellow intelligent, feisty Americans. Our National Health Service here in the UK is a treasure. Much more cost-effective and absolutely excellent quality.
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