JJReyes Posted February 11, 2012 Posted February 11, 2012 This story is old, but the situation is still relevant.When we were living in the Philippines, my then six years old son sliced part of his finger with a knife. I rushed him to the emergency room at Makati Medical Hospital. He was entertaining the medical staff by yakking away that the cut came from a steak knife his parents purchased in Hong Kong; how he really enjoyed going to International School; and that the family was planning a summer trip to visit relatives in Southern California. Hopefully, his Dad include a visit to Disneyland.The next cubicle was a construction worker with a 5 inch nail on his foot with a portion sticking out the other end. They were just waiting for the painkiller to take effect before pulling it out. When it was time to pay the bill, someone from accounting showed up and the attending physician said something, not realizing I understood Filipino. They charged the construction worker a nominal amount. I paid more than six times for a finger wound requiring two stitches and a gauze wrap. When I narrated the story to a gathering of friends, who were mostly executives from the Asian Development Bank, the Americans and one Canadian in the group were upset that Makati Medic took advantage of me, thinking I was an American who could not understand the language. Two bank executives from India expressed the opinion that the situation was fair. The construction worker was of limited means and I was merely subsidizing for his care. A heated discussion followed.What do you think? (I will tell you later what a Filipino bank executive did.) 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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