Today was the official start of the program, and I experienced something I did not expect to occur in Japan. My first ambulance ride. Starting off at IRORI and learning about the background of Ishinomaki, then heading to the art gallery to appreciate the artistic talents of different ishinomaki residents, and finally, Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital.
Healthcare in Japan is nothing like healthcare in the U.S. Within minutes, I was hooked up to every monitor you could think of, and immediately given an ultrasound, as well as an enhanced image CT scan. Despite the fact that there was no conclusive diagnosis, this experience made me realize just how important universal healthcare is, as my total bill was barely 500 dollars, with a free ambulance ride.
I’m not saying get hurt in Japan, but if you do, you’re in good hands.