My first job out of college didn’t provide insurance. One day my throat hurt. I hoped it would go away on its own, but soon it was so painful I had to go to the emergency room.

I waited four hours, in pain, before seeing a doctor. He took five minutes, diagnosed it as a throat infection, and prescribed a bottle of antibiotics. Between the hospital, doctor, and drugs it cost me $1,100. At the time, I was making less than a fry cook.

Today, my uninsured friend had intense stomach pain. She went to the emergency room. The doctor put her through six hours of tests, including x-rays, blood work, and urine analysis. They diagnosed her with a very bad abdominal infection, and prescribed six medications

The entire ordeal cost her one hundred dollars. She lives in Taiwan.

The wait at the emergency room was five minutes. The quality was just as good, if not better, than American doctors. They even apologized that it cost so much.

I think our healthcare system has a problem.