American without medical insurance praises Taiwan care system

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

“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.

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.

“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.