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Referral, What?: The Dire Situation of US Healthcare Compared to Other Countries

Healthcare in America is a complicated business. There are too many steps that people need to take before they can get whatever tests done and determine the proper treatment for their disease. Not to mention, it's also very expensive and not everybody gets covered with health insurance.

In comparison, other countries put healthcare in such high priority that getting checked about a breast lump you just discovered would only take less than an hour. Acclaimed sci-fi author Mary Robinette Kowal shares her experience when she lived in Iceland and found a lump.

It was a different experience from the get-go. She asked a coworker for advice, and he told her to go to the cancer center. When she asked him if she’d need a referral, he didn’t know what that was. She called the cancer center and asked when she could have an appointment. They replied, “You found a lump!” and told her to come in right away.

(Images credit: Mary Robinette Kowal/Twitter)


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