The Atlantic, April 9, 2014
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."