How timely the Times was this weekend. I've often lamented the lack of affordable healthcare in the US. I pay as much for health insurance as I do for rent (which is admittedly cheap) and can't even afford dental. I thought countries with more socialized approaches to medicine were far better off (and they probably are in a lot of ways). But a couple months ago my friend Eleanor hipped me to the fact that you're expected to "tip" doctors and surgeons in Greece. Her boyfriend had to tip his mom's eye surgeon about 5k an eye when she needed an operation. Now the Times reports on the problems of national dental care in the UK.
The Brits—not a people known for their shiny white smiles in the first place—are finding it more and more difficult to locate a dentist who is part of the state-financed national health system. Meaning that theoretically, free dentistry is available. But, practically speaking, there aren't enough dentists to go around. So a lot of people go without, choosing instead to DIY their dental issues.
So while I'm going under the knife tomorrow, I'll just thank Chase Visa that there's a professional doing the cutting, scraping and packing. Gulp.
(Those aren't my teeth in the picture and if you value the lunch you just ate, you won't click on it to make it bigger. It made me gag a little.)