Letter: Daughter learns how easy, low-cost health care can be

Published April 3, 2014 1:01 am

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My 16-year-old daughter accompanied her Spanish-speaking biology teacher to the hospital in Prague last week, because no adult on the school trip spoke English and no Czech hospital worker spoke Spanish.

My daughter Madeleine McKenzie said that even though the Czechs are not yet in the Eurozone, her teacher had no qualms about using the emergency room in a foreign country for travelers' disease. He got a shot of ondansetron and was sent back to the hotel. His ER visit was free.

It was a great introduction for my daughter to a single-payer health system and to a population who expects health care.

Peg McKenzie

Salt Lake City