Blood tests, x-rays, ultrasound within 40 minutes of getting to hospital – in Croatia
Today I am going to tell you about something that happened to me in a not very rich European country, which got me thinking about our health system.
Before I start, there will be no moral to this story. There will be no "We should do this" or "We should do that" and no finger-pointing at possible culprits. I'll just tell you what happened.
I brought a child – a good friend of my son's – to an A&E in a small city called Sibenik in Croatia. You may remember the name Sibenik because it was under siege during the opening months of the war in Yugoslavia. It's a provincial town of maybe 25,000 people with one public hospital.