- Posted March 4, 2013 by
Rethymno prefecture, Crete, Greece
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Bitter pill: The cost of health care in the U.S.
Paying full freight abroad
This is in a country with a national health system. Under that system, citizens are theoretically covered, but like much in Greece it is hideously broken, so that national health patients are extorted for bribe money, called fakelaki ("little envelope"). Perhaps had we paid fakelaki the care would have been better, but it was not too shabby without it.