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Break a limb, hop a plane to Spain?

BACK in 1997, you published my letter titled “The Price Was Right” regarding a medical emergency in Bilbao, Spain, after I got severe food poisoning. In my letter, I extolled the virtues of socialized medicine in that country.

This month, while visiting the island of Flores in the Azores, Portugal, I tripped on the sidewalk. At a clinic, I was immediately attended to by a doctor and two nurses, who gave me four stitches. They also X-rayed the elbow to ensure no break. That care, plus two follow-up visits to change the bandage, cost $26.

At those prices, it might be more cost-effective to buy an airline ticket to either Spain or Portugal to obtain medical treatment and have lots of fun sightseeing as well.

EDNA M. TOBIAS

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Hermosa Beach

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