沒健保!老外台大掛急診 帳單便宜驚人 | American without medical insurance praises Taiwan care system

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TAIPEI (The China Post) – How affordable exactly is Taiwan medical care system? A young American who currently lives here shared his hospital experience on Facebook and his story went viral.

台灣醫療費到底多便宜?一名住在台灣的美國人博凱文日前送急診後在臉書上分享他的醫療體驗,而這則貼文因此一炮而紅。

After vomiting and suffering diarrhea, Kevin Bozeat went to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with acute gastroenteritis. At the very beginning, he was worried about the cost of the medical treatment, so he endured the pain for some time.

他因急性腸胃炎上吐下瀉送急診,一開始因擔心沒健保在台灣就醫的費用會高得驚人,因此忍耐不敢去醫院。

Later that night his condition worsened and Bozeat was accompanied to NTU hospital by his Taiwanese roommate. The experience made him realize the quality care Taiwan provides.

後來半夜實在太嚴重,才被台灣室友拖著送到台大醫院。就醫後才體會到台灣醫療的高水準。

What came as a surprise to him was that the bill was only NT$2,400 (US$80).

重點是就算沒健保,帳單也只要台幣 2400 左右,便宜得讓他吃驚。

The post he shared on Facebook regarding the quality and affordability of the care he received attracted 180,000 shares and 10,000 likes.

博凱文在臉書發表一篇關於在台灣就診享有優質醫療又便宜的文章,吸引 18 萬人次分享、10 萬人按讚。

In his post he talked about he was having acute gastroenteritis and was vomiting every 30 to 40 minutes. At the end, his stomach was completely empty but he was still throwing up, nothing but stomach fluid and bile.

內容講述他得了嚴重的急性腸胃炎,每隔 3、40 分鐘就會嘔吐,吐到最後胃都空了變乾嘔胃液和膽汁。

As soon as he arrived at NTU hospital, he was immediately checked-in by an English-speaking nurse.

博凱文表示,他一到台大醫院,立刻有能用英文溝通的護理師協助他掛號。

“Within 20 minutes I was given IV fluids and anti-emetics. They took blood tests and did an ultrasound to ensure it wasn’t gall stones or appendicitis. From there I was given a diagnosis: a particularly severe case of Acute Viral Gastroenteritis (aka the stomach flu),” Bozeat said in his post.

「在 20 分鐘內,醫生幫我緊急打點滴並給我止吐藥,另外幫我做了多種檢查,以確保不是膽結石或闌尾炎,最後迅速的得到診斷,我是嚴重急性腸胃炎。」

He further added that in the U.S., without insurance the cost for medical fare is often hundreds or even thousands USD. However, the speedy and quality care comes effortlessly in Taiwan.

博凱文驚嘆地表示,如果沒有保險,在美國就醫很容易花費數百、甚至數千美元,但在台灣卻可以快速並獲得最優質的護理。

“Given this experience, I no longer have a reason to fear or hesitate getting care in Taiwan should I ever need it. America, it’s time to stop making excuses.” He concluded by calling out to the U.S. government to make a change.

並表示他不再有理由擔心或猶豫在台灣看醫生,最後意味深長得向政府喊話,「美國,是時候停止找藉口了」。