Mechanical

Ankles Away! (and a Vaguely Related Ramble)

I didn't realize quite how badly I had sprained my right ankle until I took off my socks, looked at them and thought "one of these things is not like the other". Ow.

Fortunately, unlike almost 1 in 6 Americans, I can go to the doctor if I want. And while we're on the subject of health care, why do I never hear any pro-lifers address the the abysmal infant mortality rate in the US? The US health care system sucks. If you're curious about the UK view of the US system, you can watch What Now, Mr. President?, a Panorama episode about the US health care system. For those of you outside of the UK, Youtube (currently) has it in part 1, part 2 and part 3. It's pretty sad and it would be an absolute scandal if the UK system were that bad.

And on a completely unrelated note, at the opening and end of that Panorama show, Jeremy Vine is standing in front of a building. The revolving doors you see are the doors I go through every day to get to work. I often see that setup as I'm leaving. (For those of you outside the UK, you'll only see the building with Jeremy Vine at the very tail end of part 3, right as it cuts off)
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I know my parents or brother might have had to hock the house last year if we were living in the States.
(Anonymous)
Sorry about your ankle, OUCH! I stumbled across your blog today and read around a bit. Interesting. I am also an American living in Europe. Like many Americans I have health insurance but since I am not in America I have to pay up front for medical care here then send in the receipt, jump through lots of paper work hoops, and hope that we get a refund sometime in the next calendar year. Fun!

In the UK, if you're a resident, regardless of citizenship, it's taken care of for you. Actually, I think even people here on holiday will be treated. Very handy if you visit and suddenly take ill.