After I received the invoice for V’s and my visit to the emergency room a few days ago (all the doctors we called told us to go to the ER because [as a tourist] she doesn’t have a US health care plan), I don’t want to hear anyone complaining about the German healthcare system and its amazing coverage for everything anymore:
$ 243.13 Lab C.<br />$ 684.58 Lab B. & M.<br />$ 286.63 Lab U.<br />$1182.63 Emergency Room
The payment is due in a few days. I really hope that our German Auslandskrankenversicherung we contracted years ago (and luckily never had to use so far) covers most of it.
Oh, and I should mention that you get a huuuuge (really!) discount if you pay cash within a few weeks. I think the hospital doesn’t expect anyone without a health insurance plan to have that much money on their bank account and being able to pay the bill right away. Neither do I.