Sharing my world and views

Melanie, our gracious host has asked these questions;


What is your opinion of the state of health care in your country? Adequate or inadequate? What could be done to improve it?

In my country, the concept of health insurance is just catching on. Mostly we select a doctor we want to see, get an appointment, and go there at their clinic. We pay out of our pocket mostly and many insist on cash as they don’t want the payment documented.

If one needs a surgical procedure, we can opt for a government hospital ( my husband was in government service all his career ) or a private one. The private ones are quite expensive but more reliable in terms of the care they provide.

Having explained this system, I still feel we are better off than the developed nations of the world as we can afford most of the treatments and doctor visits. The cost of medicines is also not very high.

I lived in the US for 5 years, off and on and I realized that medicines are 10 times the price which we pay in Pakistan. From what I read, doctor visits, medical procedures, and other treatments are also many times as expensive as they are here.

For our general population, the governance hospitals offer free treatment. There are many charities which offer free medicines to them too. We also have a few private hospitals which are run on donations from people and provide free treatments to poor people. I think perhaps we can do with more organizations to support free medical treatments for those who cannot afford it.

What are two words that describe you best?

Happy and impulsive

Do you have a morning routine? If so, what it’s like?

My morning starts early with my morning prayers. After that I have my breakfast, catch up with my blog and get ready to drop off my grandson at school. After coming back I get back to my blog, reading posts, replying to comments, and then writing my own posts.

What’s something that really makes your blood race?

At my age, I don’t get excited easily for any things much. Perhaps the blood has grown sluggish too. But getting angry is easy. I hate when people are unjust and unkind. That’s why I avoid news all the time.

Do you enjoy singing festive songs during *insert festive celebration that you observe to replace “Christmas” if it’s not relevant to you * Christmas carols or songs?

I am not much into singing songs. Though I listen to my select music list when I am blogging or just walking. Not a fan of Christmas music at all.

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always optional)

My brother’s cat, “sniffles”

Feel free to share something that brings peace to you.

Being at ease with myself brings me peace. I try to be ahead of my daily chores and like to have a plan for my day under my belt. Spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren brings me a lot of joy.

A picture I took today.



26 thoughts on “Sharing my world and views

  1. Now that you bring this up, I’m recalling a point I read somewhere, based on actual math: For the price it takes you to get an X-ray in the US, you can come to India in an airplane, take an X-ray and even buy return tickets! My friend who lives in the US attested this by quoting an example of her mother’s medical emergency. The insurance money was barely enough and they even had to pay for her “accommodation in the hospital room.” 😱 It was literally an EMERGENCY!

    Absolutely loved your answers! And it’s nice that Pakistan has so many charity-funded support systems for the poor. It is understandable and unsurprising, since paying the Zakat is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. Also, that cat is the cutest thing I’ve seen today! 😻 I like how his name totally suits his face.

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    1. Thanks Sam. We are actually very proud of being # 9 from the top in being generous nation. People do pay zakat abundantly, specially during Ramadan.
      Thanks for your kind comments. I’m sure sniffles would be happy to know that he has made you happy.

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  2. Sounds like the medical community of your country isn’t as greedy as it is here. We do have wonderful doctors and hospitals but without insurance it’s almost impossible to pay for treatment.
    I like the photo of the tree and the cat. Looks like you are making good use of your new camera.

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    1. They may be greedy but without the insurance companies taking the cut, they don’t want that much from people to satisfy them. A specialist would see you for Rs 4000/- which is around $25. And most people can afford it


  3. The health care costs are quite good in Canada most procedures are free paid for by the government. And, most employers cover the basics for prescription. Out of pocket costs are extremely low. That is one of the best things about living in Canada in my opinion.
    Sounds like Pakistan very reasonable too in terms of healthcare. It is a blessings beyond measure.

    Love the photo of the cat..
    Just so adorable

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  4. Thank you Sadje for Sharing Your World! It sounds like the USA could take a page out of Pakistan’s book about health care. As you say it costs more and more for less and less as things go along. I need knee surgery, but the cost is so prohibitive that I won’t even consider it until I HAVE to. I can’t afford the costs now. My recent visit to the ER will cost me $90 out of pocket (and perhaps more as they had to do a scan). Those institutions seem to forget that not all people are uber wealthy it seems. I won’t start on medications. That is a huge peeve post for some other time! 😉 Your way sounds so much better, certainly with good common sense at the wheel instead of massive greed. Congratulations on living in a place like that! 🤗

    The kitty is beautiful, I saw the ‘sniffles’ though. And hope it is well and healthy? If not, my sympathies!

    The photograph is beautiful, you are developing quite a talent! Lovely!

    Have a great week and take care!

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    1. Thanks a lot Melanie, I do like living in my country, but like everyone else, we also could be better. Sniffles is a grand old cat and was sleeping in his royal bed when I took this picture. Many thanks for your detailed comment.


  5. Very enlightening, Sadje. I am familiar with many health care systems, but not Pakistan. I have never been there myself, and that is when I learn the most about such things. I just ask questions about everything. People are less patient with such questions when it isn’t their job to tolerate it.

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          1. Yes. And as tourists explore, people want to tell them more about what they are seeing. It’s why I love to travel.

            Oddly, one of my favorite things to do when traveling is to go to the grocery. Not to purchase anything, but to look. You can tell a lot about a country and it’s people just on the grocery stores. My family likes to tease me about it, but they all get it. Kind of. They don’t understand it, they just understand that I somehow get a lot of information that way that I wouldn’t get in more traditional ways.

            I honestly can’t explain it. I don’t even go look for something specific. After about 10 minutes in the grocery store, I understand a lot about a culture. To me, it’s very interesting to go to grocery stores in the same country but in different cities or towns. You can tell areas that are slightly more liberal, locations that are business districts (in India they are known as SEZ zones), all sorts of things that you can’t tell just walking down the street. I dont know why it works, or how it works, just that it does. Usually within 10 minutes of being in a grocery store, I know if I can start asking questions of random people, or if I have to ask my husband (well, ex now) to do it. It’s an interesting fact that seems to be universal through all of the countries I’ve been to. The grocery store is the place that the mind of the town is. The heart is typically in the religious buildings, which all feel the same to me, somehow. The mind is in the grocery, and it speaks to me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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              1. Most people don’t really think about it. It was something I picked up traveling across the country with my family. We would go onto the grocery store in whatever town we were in. I was too young to truly understand the differences between liberal and conservative. My understanding was that liberals lived in areas like New York City, where anyone could believe what they wanted and a Jew, a Muslim and a Catholic could all be roommates with an atheist. Conservatives believed in religion and family and that kind of thing. I could go on and within 10 minutes tell my dad we were in a conservative store versus a liberal one. I could never explain it to him. What was weird was when I had a different reaction to two different stores in the same City, and one was in a liberal area and the other conservative. They all looked, mommy did too. The cookies were in the cookie aisle, etc. It was exactly the same as the other store to them. To me, it…hummed? Vibrates? Existed? Differently.

                Also, the size of the shopping carts are a dead give away most of the time. Areas with big carts are areas where people shop once or twice week. Small carts Lr baskets, it’s almost cultural that people
                Stop by the store on the home from wor to make dinner

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