Not really ever having made any decision as to who should be at the receiving end of this blog, it has not made much sense, probably. As it happens, I now actually have English speaking relations, acquaintances and even friends, by marriage. Since this blog is not my husbands idea, and since I do not get a lot of opportunity to interact with his friends, family and acquaintances, I don’t know how much sense it is going to make, especially since the hubby is a very private person. I shall have to make only the most generalized references to him, if I continue posting in this vein
We are all faced with our own mortality from time to time. For us not least, when we visit the dentist and the dentist wants to make something major. Which he does, because we weren’t born yesterday, and the pegs only last so long. Basically people were built to last for about 35 years. After that, one must be prepared for the occasional repair work. I don’t know, if you are in the least bit familiar with our medical system here? Once a person has the right to stay here, he or she gets a yellow health card, and with that you can visit your doctor for free, if you need treatment in hospital, this is also free along with all manner of tests from blood work through X-rays and all the different methods of scanning. Not a penny will it cost you. If your GP decides that you need specialist treatment, this will also be free, or partially free, depending on the kind of specialist you need.
When it comes to medicine, this is not free. So if a homeless person goes to the doctor and gets a prescription, he will have to pay for the medicine. He may not be able to, and so the visit to the doctor’s office might have been in vain. There is a subsidy for medicine, if you need a lot of it. Every year, you have to pay the first 1500 kr yourself, after that the subsidy kicks in and after a while, you pay very little for your medicine.
This free for all system does have an exception. If you need to go to the dentist, you have to pay for it yourself. And it is expensive. There is a certain subsidy to the dentist’s bill as well, but not very much. Even people who are quite well off have taken to going to the dentist in Poland or in Sweden, where it only costs about half of what it costs here. We have not taken this course of action, because in the event we wake up in the middle of the night with a toothache from he-double-hockeysticks, we know where our dentist lives, and although he will not like it, we might come knocking at his door.
Well, it would not be his door, but there is an emergency dental service in place. Fortunately neither of us have had the need to use it, but it is good to know that it is there.
We both have a Damocles’ Sword hanging over us in the shape of a number of dentist’s appointments in the near future. I have been asked, if I want my wisdom-teeth repaired or pulled out. It is quite a lot cheaper to have them pulled out than to have them repaired. On the other hand, I have had these teeth for about 60 years, and unless there are weighty arguments for having them pulled out, I think I can find the money to have them repaired. I hate the idea of having teeth pulled out. I am afraid of the pain. I do realise that there will be local anaesthetics, while the tooth is being pulled, but I have 3 that need something doing to, and the idea of having 3 huge craters in my mouth for weeks, I find disgusting. Because of my diabetes, I heal very slowly.
OK, now I have written stuff that could not possibly interest anybody, so I should probably stop.