Navigating the Czech medical world

While I still love the cobblestones here in Prague, my left hip doesn’t! Walking on the uneven surfaces has brought out a problem I’ve had for a long time, but always have kept under control with regular chiropractic treatments. Since I no longer share an office with a chiropractor, I finally decided it was time to try out my shiny new ‘insurance for foreigners’ card and see if I could get some help for this aching hip.
I called the number on my card on Monday morning. They told me to go to the local hospital where I would be able to see a doctor. Sure enough, with a $15 copay (and a whole lot of pantomime to go with my broken Czech), I was with a doc within a couple of hours. He did an exam and prescribed an adjustment and some physical therapy – I go tomorrow for that. (still hurting, true)
The hospital wasn’t fancy, and they were a little bit gruff and impatient with my poor language skills, but boy am I glad to have the ability to get treatment when needed. Hopefully that won’t be too often.

Here's a shot of the map of the hospital I had to decipher to find the right place to go. Made me a bit nervous.

Here’s a shot of the map of the hospital I had to decipher to find the right place to go. Made me a bit nervous.

Some hospitals have these little auto-mats where you pay your copay before going into the building. At first I thought they were to pay for parking. The copay is typically 30czk, or about $1.50. This time mine was higher because I haven't yet chosen a primary care doc.

Some hospitals have these little auto-mats where you pay your copay before going into the building. At first I thought they were to pay for parking. The copay is typically 30czk, or about $1.50. This time mine was higher because I haven’t yet chosen a primary care doc.

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