What do you hear people complaining about on a regular basis that you feel is ridiculous and not worth complaining about?
The status of the national healthcare system in Spain.
By law, all Spanish citizens are covered by the national helthcare system regardless of their gender, age and employment status. They’re also entitled to have part (or all if they’re diasabled or pensioners) of the price of their medication paid by the government.
It’s said that in countries such as the USA and Venezuela, people have to have an insurance policy in order not to be denied basic medical assistance. As far as I know, no one in Spain has ever been kicked out of A&E (ER) because the service was not covered by their policy.
Also, in Ireland they have to pay a fee everytime they go to A&E -I’m not sure whether people also have to pay for the GP visits, though.
And last, but not the least, in the United Kindom patients have to call a hotline where they’re diagnosed to assess if it’s necessary to refer them to a GP.
Of course, the system is not perfect and some things aren’t the way they should be in a perfect world -e.g.: full dental care, visits to the gynaecologist and the ophtalmologist every six months, etc.
In any case, if anyone over here is not happy and wants to have extra medical care, they can pay and have private insurance.
Moreover, people shouldn’t forget that one of the pillars of the helthcare system in Spain is that everyone (and when I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE) is included in the organ transplant list. This means that if anyone of us ever needs an organ, we’ll get it as soon as it’s available and at no cost.
In my opinion, people over here should stop whining for once and for all and think of what they get from it.