Spike is back in Hong Kong, having been forced to retire from his job in the Philippines because of the local laws. Which was quite a surprise to him (and to most people, I guess)
He had to go to the hospital: One of the Dumbest Things I’ve Ever Done
I was surprised that a visit to the emergency ward now costs HK$180 (roughly US$23.50). Of course that’s just a fraction of what it probably costs in the U.S. but even so, five years ago I’m sure it was just HK$100. That’s a big jump in 5 years. Have people stopped betting on the horses? Are HK hospitals charging retaliatory tariffs to U.S. patients?
I confess to not fully understanding the charges for healthcare in Hong Kong. Visiting a GP seems quite expensive, especially considering the "three-minute-visit/five-bags-of-pills policy". But last time I visited a specialist (in a private hospital) it cost less than Spike paid for his visit to an emergency room. I suppose that a visit to the hospital pharmacy would increase the total cost, but I was paying for this myself, and I know a better solution for that.
And I can add to my list of places in Hong Kong where the commonly used Cantonese name is totally different from the English name - St Teresa's Hospital (聖德肋撒醫院) is known as "faat gwok yi yun" (法國醫院). Look it up.