So I had a routine doctor's appointment today. (Stop worrying Dad, I'm not sick) I had two options.
One: I can go to a public clinic, sit in the hall for 4 hours, and eventually get to see a doctor who may or may not (want to) speak English, all for free because I now work for a public university.
Two: I can go to a private clinic where the doctor will definitely speak English, there will be a minimum of waiting, and I get to pay for it.
I chose two. I'm fortunate enough to be able to afford to go to the private clinic, which cost me, including the exam, lab test and prescription, about $60. And that's a year's worth of the prescription.
A lot of people in this country can't afford that. They have to wait the 4 hours, or more, to see the free doctor, who will probably spend about 10 minutes with each patient.
And the doctors, so I hear, are rather poorly paid. Which is why so many of them have started moving to other countries after they complete their (free) education here in Poland.
What's my point? I have no idea. I just have a hunch there must be a better way.