Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I was reading Four Seasons in Rome and I had a revelation. The author describes their adventure that begins when his wife collapses at home and he has to find a taxi and somehow get her downstairs and into the taxi, then to the emergency room. After much discussion, all translated of course, his wife is admitted to the hospital and an IV drip is started. By the next afternoon, things have become much better and she is diagnosed with exhaustion (twins) and dehydration. (she forgot to eat or drink) She is discharged and all is well.

Except; and this is why Italy will never be a great nation…they are not billed for the doctor or the hospital stay. Criminal!

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