Here is a little "national health" (E.U. style) adventure I had a few years back.
First, I live in the sticks, village clinic has banker´s hours, next village (8k away) has 24:7, as does the county hospital (30k)
I grow much of my food on my roof garden, and discovered snails must have wings, so I put out poison for them
One day, I forgot to wash my lettuce and poisoned myself. What started out as the runs turned out to be losing 1k a day before
I accepted the fact that I had a problem. Figured it out, called the number on the snail poison box in Madrid.
Was told that this was serious, and that I should not drive. But was given instructions, pack a bag, bring a book, lock the house
and sit on the front step. Ambulance arrived within 30 minutes. Strapped in, handed over my national identity card (access to everything
concerning me). Ambulance attendant took my vitals, and checked my records, via my identity card. 25 minutes arrived at the hospital.
Admittance process limited to checking my I.D. woke up next morning in a pleasant room for two, with lots of tubes. told I would have
to stay another night to make sure my body was independent. Next morning checked, given a perscription, and told that someone from
my village would give me a lift home via the pharmacy (where my perscription was already waiting). Hospital clean, efficient, friendly, total
cost to me, nothing.