Healthcare: TW vs US

I’ve got a week with my family in Taiwan before I go to the Aid Summer Program, which means I’ve got one week to get back into academic mode and apply for some last-minute scholarships, prepare my teaching plan, and start making some graphics with my Wacom tablet!

I just wrote a post on my Tumblr to give a half-update…but for this one I will try to make it sort of more medically/health-related.

My grandpa was going to the hospital one morning and I asked my aunt if I could come along to see what the hospitals were like in Taiwan compared to the ones around school. He was just getting a check-up so it’d be pretty quick. He’s had cancer before and gotten surgery for it each time so frequent check-ups are definitely necessary! He’s so cool.

Click here to see the photos I took!

Anyway, the people of Taiwan are all required to have health insurance (woohoo national healthcare) which makes healthcare affordable. My aunt says they get “two” health insurances…not sure what that means. My Mandarin has improved a lot but there are some things I don’t understand and always ask them to say it again but in another way (dumb it down, haha).

Overall I think there are a lot of pros to national health care since so many people have sickness…but were we all healthy we wouldn’t need doctors or nurses or pharmacists…so I guess having the choice of healthcare is good too since some people know how to take care of themselves and don’t need to waste money on medical bills when they are perfectly healthy eating good food and exercising…and sleeping well!

That’s really the equation for good health. Eat well, sleep well, and exercise! Of course, you can’t accomplish that if you don’t have good mental health…so we can add that into the equation too…haha.

My skin has been pretty terrible, and I got a haircut because my aunt told me it’d make my skin feel better if it was shorter…but I didn’t think it’d be this short! I haven’t had it this short since I was like five years old…I’m so embarrassed. She thinks it’s cute but I think it’s awful. Ahhhhh! I guess I just have to get used to it.

Hope Chicago is doing swell! The weather in Taiwan is always hot and humid, but because of the typhoon the rain has kept Taiwan cool.

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About Milie Fang, Biological Sciences / Pre-medicine

I am a senior and an acclaimed workaholic. While I like to keep busy academically, I really enjoy the simple pleasures of hanging out with friends and family, playing video games, or listening to music. When life seems to go well, allergies and eczema like to butt in and make me miserable. I hope to go into medicine so that I can have a better understanding of skin and the immune system to help myself, and to also help others facing the same problems I have faced since I was three.

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