|Pinerolo'a emergency entrance of the Agnelli hospital|
|Christmas tree on the surgery floor and lots of Panettone for the staff.|
|Who knew how delicious semolino soup, with grana Padano cheese instead of salt could taste soooo good!|
So what was different and why do I feel so compelled to write about this experience? It is because the financial underpinnings are so very different. So vastly different. Socialized medicine in Italy means you pay little or nothing at all and the care is first rate. Free or affordable health care is a basic human right in Italy. Everyone on our floor was equal and receiving excellent care no matter what our economic status might be. That usually is the case in the hospital, but at least none of us were worrying about financial ruin. The staff worked very hard and I appreciate what a tough job being a doctor or nurse is anywhere in the world. i take my hat off to these under appreciated professionals. A heartfelt thank you from me to you! I know there are probably many other people that can tell other stories, but this was my experience. I am sure that larger cities and other places feel the strain at times to be able to offer excellent health care, but our local system is excellent and I am very grateful.
|New addition to our hospital|
|Thank you from the bottom of my heart!|
I had a quiet and wonderfully peaceful Christmas at home and a happy New Year with friends.
Thanks for asking, now you don't need to! Ciao Ciao....Marla
PS....the volunteer clowns were a nice touch, even for us old fogeys!