Alcott published a thread on his not ever wanting to go back to a doctor's office and endure our current health care insurance system. It is messy to say the least. As some of you know I am currently in Prague, Czech Republic. Because of the length of time I will be here I have to buy Czech health insurance for the final four months. It is a long story and I won't go into the reasons for this as they are unimportant in the context of this thread. Medical insurance and medical care is socialized here. Every employers must carry health insurance on all their employees. Yesterday we went to the medical office to buy four months of emergency medical care. Here was the procedure: The young woman asked for our passports. She typed in our names, passport number and maybe a bit more information that is on the page where my photograph is located. She did the same for my wife. She showed us a chart with the cost for the four months. Everyone pays the same amount regardless of age. With her computer and printer she printed the forms and the medical insurance card we are to carry with us. All was done within 15 minutes. There were no questions concerning age, pre-existing conditions.....no questions of any kind. The cost for two of us for four months ... actually 8 months of medical insurance coverage was a bit over $250.00. I doubt, at my age, that I could buy insurance for a week for just one of us for that amount in the US. I was impressed.