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Yesterday I went to the ear doctor with a friend of mine (we had identical ear aches — how crazy is that?) Get a load of this:

We showed up at our appointed time (noon) and we were sitting with the doctor less than five minutes later. We didn’t even need to sit down in the waiting room — we just walked straight from the reception desk into the doc’s office.

It took the doctor about five minutes to examine both of us. She handed us our prescription forms and then all we had to do was go pay the bill at the front desk.

My bill was the equivalent of four US dollars. I have insurance through my workplace, so either it works wonders or the bill just wasn’t very high to begin with.

Then we headed downstairs to the pharmacy, which was conveniently located in the same building. We handed her our forms and had our pills two minutes later.

And then we went next door to the Baskin & Robbins and got ice cream…because why not? We had a lot of money and time to spare.

Fellow Americans, can you even imagine this scenario taking place in our country? A healthcare visit that costs four bucks and takes a grand total of 15 minutes from start to finish?

I certainly can’t.

(And the pills are working, by the way. My ear already feels better.)

Thanks, Korea.

And thanks for reading,

Emme

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