Skip to main content

National Healthcare Vs. Private - LBC Post

This is not a topic which lights my fire, but as it's the chosen topic for my blogging group, the LBC, I'm going to go with it.  I know it's a hot topic in many countries, particularly in the USA.  People get really emotional over this.  But I'm not one of them.

As a child and as a young woman, I lived in Ireland. As my father, the major breadwinner of our family, died when I was young, while I wouldn't exactly say our family was poor, we were not a high income family.  So the state healthcare was good enough for us.  As far as I am aware, it was fine.  Although my father died of a terminal illness, we didn't have too many health crises thoughout our family life.  So I would have found the Irish state healthcare system just fine.

At just over thirty years of age, I moved to India.  I got married and settled down here.  I've had several hospital stays, four times for my deliveries, an extra time for hypertension in pregnancy and I also suffered from hepatitis and several large and painful abscesses.  I've also had to to have some dental treatment.  I've been in private healthcare since coming to India. I had private, air conditioned (in summer)rooms  when I delivered all my babies and we are not a fabulously wealthy family.  Middle class with the usual, everyday struggles and a little more hard pressed than others might be, with a couple of kids more than the usual middle class average.

Indian doctors are excellent.  All the treatment I've had has been well within the reach of a middle class family.   I just had a tooth filled yesterday.  The entire treatment took two sessions, one when a temporary filling was inserted and the final one (yesterday) when the permanent filling went in.  The cost of the treatment in entirety was five hundred rupees. About ten Euros, or ten Dollars, depending on where you live.

In India, healthcare for everyday problems seems to be fine if you have a stable job and a reasonable income.  So that's probably the reason why I've had no major issues with healthcare.

I'm very lucky really.

This is my weekly post for the LOOSE BLOGGERS CONSORTIUM.  We are an international group of bloggers, from Ireland, the UK, the USA, China and India and we post on a single topic every week unless one of us has some sort of issue which prevents us from posting.  We are, in alphabetical order, Delirious,  Grannymar,   MaxiMariaSF,  Padmum,  Paul, Ramana,  RohitShackmanThe Old Fossil and Will.  If you like this post, go and visit my friends too and check out their take on this fascinating topic!

Comments

  1. You're correct - it is a very hot topic here and one that rarely can be discussed with any degree of civility. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I must have the topics mixed up 'cause I have "not over yet" for today.

    Anyway, you're right Maria. India does have good doctors. Although I live in America, my cardiologist is Indian and he is excellent.

    I love him and his family. They treat me so kind and loving.

    Blessings to you ~ maxi

    ReplyDelete
  3. That sounded a very reasonable amount for a filling. Even the National Health over here charges more than that.
    I have had extensive treatment over the last few years and so has my husband....... I'm really relieved that I didn't have to worry about paying for it.......... though we have contributed over the years through National Insurance.
    I believe the NHS is groaning under the strain......
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

    ReplyDelete
  4. You would pay way over €10 for a filling in Dublin these days.

    ReplyDelete
  5. My only experience with government healthcare is here in China, and that experience has been less than satisfactory.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi Shackman,

    Being a netizen gives one access to the thoughts and experiences of others.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi Maxi, nice to see you over here.

    I'm glad that although in the United States, you've had the experience of how dedicated and skilled our Indian doctors are.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Maggie, thank God the NHS was there for you and your husband when you needed them. You deserved it, having paid your contributions down the years.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Grannymar - I could well believe it.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Delirious - I have no idea at all about China, although I live in a neighbouring Asian country. I'd say your experiences are very interesting. I'd love to know more about them.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi
    Everyone,How are you.Excellent working Today Join your Platform got new information..My pray with you Dear Friend......Got more Success Blessings in the name of GLORY.
    Join our Platform Part our Work.
    Massasje Stavanger
    Rynkekrem
    Anti aldring
    Botox Stavanger
    Askorbinsyre
    Laserbehandling mot rynker
    Porer i huden
    Behandling mot rynker Stavanger
    Rynker
    Hudpleie Stavanger
    Hudpleie produkter
    Massasje Stavanger
    Elixir Cosmeceuticals

    STAY BLESSINGS!

    THANKS
    JOHNS

    ReplyDelete
  12. Your dental charges sound so reasonable! I am lucky to have an NHS dentist, but they charge much more than that.

    I have nominated you for a Leibster blog award, Maria - no obligation to accept :-) x

    ReplyDelete
  13. Your dental charges are very reasonable.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for visiting me. Please let me know you were here

Popular posts from this blog

The Climate in my Hometown LBC Post

I am originally from Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. We have a maritime climate, neither too hot nor too cold. Cool, wet winters and warm summers.  We get the odd freak weather condition, like several feet of snow, once in a while to make life interesting.  Pretty ideal really.  

Now I reside in Lucknow in north India. In the Indo-Gangetic plain.  Cold dry winters, roasting hot summers and a humid rainy season.  It seems like it's always too hot or too cold. Or too humid. Humidity is something I dread.  It brings itching, rashes and all of that.  Okay, too hot will work for me. So will too cold (although I hate dry cold, that's energy-sapping). But humidity is .......not at all good. And that's a euphemism if ever there was one,. 

I wish to dedicate this post to my beloved and erudite rakhi brother Rummuser, who suggested this topic.

And thanks to freedigitalphotos.net for the above illustration, 'Paper Weather Icon Illustration' by SweetCrisis.

The Loose Blogging C…

Impatience

Many years ago, when I lived in Dublin, I met someone nice and started dating. I wasn't serious, I just thought we could have nice interesting discussions about India, which I found absolutely fascinating, as I was working in the Embassy of India back then. I had no intention of getting attached with a foreigner, with all the attendant cultural problems. I was happy living in Ireland and the idea of marriage couldn't have been further from my mind.

We both thought we could just keep things in control. One day, after a lot of emotional turmoil and denial, it hit us both that we were in love. Truly. Madly. Irrevocably. To the point where we couldn't live without each other. I'd known about the Indian system of arranged marriages and when it occurred to me that he would probably be married off by his family as soon as he returned to India, I felt physically ill at the thought. We are both tenacious and patient people. We realised that bringing our two worlds together would…

Kipling Got it Wrong! Or Eastern and Western Culture - Reflections

What Is Culture?
I’m opening this blog post with a question. What is that elusive concept which is commonly known as ‘culture? Culture is way of life. How we live. What our values are.  Our customs, attitudes and perceptions. And also, I suppose, how we express ourselves in art through, such as music, dance, theatre and cinema.  It’s quite a comprehensive area and not too easy to define, really.



The Journey
I was born in what is commonly known as ‘the west’. I lived in Ireland for the first thirty years of my life. When I was thirty, I married my husband and came out to India to live here with him. That was the beginning of an interesting journey, which is still evolving. I must have had some east/west comparison stereotypes in my head. But in India, I found that the people I met had huge stereotypes in their heads about what they called ‘western culture’ and ‘western way of life’. Not long after I arrived in India, I was struck by the number of people who said things to me like ‘in the …