I have diabetes type 2, the one you get because you probably indulged too much in eating sweets, cakes and anything else containing sugar. The one that is your own fault for not using more judgement when stuffing yourself full of the sweet side of life. To be quite honest, I do not even like sweets, but was always partial to a nicely homemade cake and of course if you have a coffee you added the real McCoy. No sweetneners, but sugar, two spoonfulls. My dad always reckoned that sugar was good for you, but I think that somehow came from the rationing in the days of war. If the government rationed it, it must be good for you, so you use it when you can. Rationing makes commodities more interesting.
So I now have to/should measure the sugar content of my blood three times a day. Are you kidding? I have a machine. I can prod my finger (ouch!) and let the blood drip onto the plastic piece. I then insert the plastic into the machine and voilà, I get a measurement. I am supposed to do this measuring three times a day, morning, midday and evening. The silly little bits of plastic with the secret blood counter, are not free. They cost at least half a Swiss France each. This means CHF1.50 a day, if I do it the way I should.
Relatively speaking (no idea of the meaning of this word) I belong to a sickness insurance in Switzerland. This is not free and I pay every two months. Today I got my new assessment beginning next year. I am now paying almost CHF 1,000 (CHF = Swiss Francs) 6 times a year. Can I afford to stay healthy, to visit my doctor? I am now saving. The little bits of plastic for the machine cost only a third of the price if I would be living in another country. We Swiss have precious blood it seems. I do not measure the sugar content of my blood three times a day. I do not measure it daily. I have to visit the doc now and again for a routine check on my MS medicine (a few thousand francs a year (90% paid for by my insurance) so I combine it with the diabetes check. Up to now I am still alive, and if at all, I might get hypoglymia which is low blood sugar and that can be cured by munching on a glucose sweet. I now avoid most unnecessary visits and medicines perscribed by the doctor.
Mr. Swiss told me some time ago that the sickness insurance will be increasing. I can still afford it being a golden oldie, living on a state pension and only having to look after I, me and myself. How does a working family with kids manage to pay this? It is law in Switzerland that you must have a sickness insurance, everyone: even the baby that has only just arrived in this expensive world. Admittedly the Swiss system is a good one because you do get value for money. We are a specialist nation. If you see your GP and it is discovered that you have someting special, then you are sent to the next doc, who happens to be an expensive specialist. When I was younger all my doc in England did was apply the stethoscope on the the chest, checked if your lungs and heart was doing its job and the rest was left to chance.
Health definitely has its price in this day and age.