Thursday, February 26, 2009

I recently had a dentist’s appointment here in Rome. Since it was my first visit to this particular office, I was handed a clipboard with a small pile of forms for me to complete. Or so I assumed. The first page was my medical history. I filled it out and flipped the page. The second page was another patient’s medical history. The third was another’s, the fourth another’s...

Apparently, as each new patient came in, the receptionist simply placed a new blank form on the top of the pile. So, there’s a lot less paperwork involved in health care in Italy. But a lot less privacy, too!