Last fall, Sam, an American woman who lives in Berlin, began to experience stomach pain while eating and drinking. She visited her general practitioner, who wrote her a prescription. The problem hadn't gone away several days later, so the doctor referred her to a specialist for a gastroscopy. Her issue wasn't deemed an emergency, though, so she had to wait about two weeks for an appointment. "But man, was I impressed with the exam itself!" she later told me in an email. "Went to the hospital, filled out a few papers, was knocked out for a bit while they looked in my stomach, and was home again a few hours later. Everything was very efficient."