Non Resident Alien

This is a chronicle of my tragi-comic life as a foreigner in the United States. My official status when I started school in 2004, was that of a Non-Resident-Alien and that's where the title of the blog is from. My status has changed to Resident Alien since then. My personal experiences are a unique roller coaster mundane everyday experiences for locals, but unique from the eyes of a foreigner. I started this blog to share some of my experiences beginning my third year living in this country.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Royal Treatment

I finally got my poor back checked by our family doctor yesterday. He suggested an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) as the first step of the diagnosis. Here is the Wiki entry on MRI. The process cost Rs.4000 (approximately $100), and that's not the end of the story. My doctor called the diagnostics centre yesterday evening and made an appointment for me to go this morning. They provided free transportation from my home to the centre (about 14 Kms away) and back. All I had to do was be ready at 9:30 am and the car showed up to take me and my dad. The actual procedure was 30 minutes long and we did not have to wait or fill out long forms. I am very impressed with the whole process. It was cheaper than I expected it to be and I got more out of it than I anticipated out of the deal. The same procedure would have cost me a few thousand dollars in the US and I would have needed insurance and filling up a few dozen forms. The procedure remains the same and the machines are similar, so why should it cost so much more in the US? This is something for desilibertarian to mull over. With such royal treatment here why would I even think about living in a more expensive society?

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