Some days ago my sweet host brother caught a cold. You know a simplest and lightest cold you can ever imagine. No fiver, no headache, no sore throat, just cough and a running nose. But Taiwanese doctors were probably sure the nine-year-old boy is threatened by mortal danger. He was prescribed to take 5 pills 3 times a day (you can see them on the pic). I am sorry but WTF???
I though this is the hobby of doctors in Belarus to provide you with as many pills as possible, especially with antibiotics. Ohhh, they love poisoning you with this garbage! It seems that they don’t have a clue about existence of other, gentler remedies. But as I see now Belarusian doctors can’t keep up with their colleagues from Taiwan. The latest feel even more obliged to prescribe you a whole pile of various tablets. You know just to be 100% sure this knockout medication dose will fix you up. I assume quantity equals quality in this case.
This situation represents a total contrast to the situation in Germany because German doctors are very cautious in prescribing medicine. I have already been to the doctor several times in Germany and every time I come there complaining about a cold they say: “Ohh, your body is fighting. Just stay in bed, drink as much as possible and everything will be fine”. I heard it every time, no matter how high my fiver was, 37.4 or 39.6. I have to admit I am pretty happy with their attitude. The times of taking antibiotics every time I catch a cold (and this happens for sure 3-4 times a year) are in the past. The era of herbal tea and homeopathic remedy has entered my life 🙂
in Taiwan people pay for medical insurance every month.
+ they have to pay each time they go to see a doctor. The cost depends on the age of a person (old people pay the least).
+ They have to cover some costs for the prescribed medicine.
Good thing: no appointments are required. Just go there, line up and wait for your turn.
(Oh, I wish some doctors in Germany would also use this system!)