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Paying Hospital Bills in Poland


amyj
27 Jul 2020 #1
My fiancée and my were separated due to the pandemic. He's in Poland. I'm in America. He is now hospitalized with Covid 19. Bills are piling up. He doesn't need to worry needlessly. Can I have the bills sent to me and pay for them with my credit cards?
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
27 Jul 2020 #2
All costs of treatment related to Covid-19 are free in Poland irrespective of whether you have health insurance or not.
OP amyj
27 Jul 2020 #3
Thank you. Does Poland also take care of the elderly that is hospitalized due to poor health?
jon357 63 | 15,068
28 Jul 2020 #4
Yes. Completely.
OP amyj
28 Jul 2020 #5
Thank you. Turns out I am extraordinarily naive and stupid. I appreciate the responses.
pawian 171 | 12,080
28 Jul 2020 #6
Turns out I am extraordinarily naive and stupid

Coz sb told you that bills were piling up, suggesting you do sth about it?
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
28 Jul 2020 #7
Turns out I am extraordinarily naive and stupid.

It happens to many people, so don't beat yourself up over it. If you're in the US, high hospital bills would be normal for you, so it's easy to see how you could be deceived.
OP amyj
28 Jul 2020 #8
Yes. Exactly that. I've been helping my boyfriend/fiancée or whatever with medical bills as he's stuck in Poland. And he probably isn't even sick or in the hospital .... who knows. It's not like I can navigate the Polish medical system or language. He may not even be there - Gdańsk.
cms neuf - | 1,667
28 Jul 2020 #9
I wouldn't lose too much sleep over it. He has some explaining to do for sure :)
pawian 171 | 12,080
28 Jul 2020 #10
I wouldn't lose too much sleep over it.

But some people can`t bear the thought of being ripped off. E..g, me. When I feel they are exploiting me, I raise hell although I tend to be calm and complacent in everyday life situations.
cms neuf - | 1,667
28 Jul 2020 #11
Karma always works - sometimes takes many years.
pawian 171 | 12,080
28 Jul 2020 #12
Yes, but I don`t want karma to return to the person who rips me off. I prefer to stop the act when I can and avoid further consequences, for them and me.
pawian 171 | 12,080
28 Jul 2020 #13
Yes, but I don`t want karma to return to the person who rips me off.

Why shouldn`t we revel when we see that karma has struck our wrongdoers? Coz it always goes with the trymph of fulfilled vengence. It doesn`t matter that we didn`t take revenge personally but were replaced my mythical karma. We relish our wrongdoer`s misfortune and that is really a negative feeling.
jon357 63 | 15,068
28 Jul 2020 #14
karma has struck our wrongdoers?

I sometimes wish it did.

Other times I wish it didn't hold some of us to such high standards.

The OP should (and surely will) use his/her own judgement in the matter. The boyfriend may well have Covid related costs/misfortunes, They aren't however 'hospital bills' or 'medical bills', something normal for Americans, not so normal in Europe.
pawian 171 | 12,080
28 Jul 2020 #15
The boyfriend may well have Covid related costs/misfortunes

Yes, rent, monthly payments etc. Loss of job, btw.
jon357 63 | 15,068
28 Jul 2020 #16
Even very likely.
OP amyj
28 Jul 2020 #17
Yes. He has lost his job and has been trying to get work at the port when he could. But I've been helping with daily expenses already. And yet even when I called him on it - he insists it's medical bills.
jon357 63 | 15,068
29 Jul 2020 #18
For medicine at the pharmacy, the amount that's refundable does vary; other people here could probably say more about that than me.

People do use private doctors here, more than in, say, the UK, however if I need to go I pay 100zl ($25) for a visit and the meds they prescribe rarely exceed that even though I just buy them rather than use the national health service. If it's something serious, people are treated on the basis of need rather than ability to pay.
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
29 Jul 2020 #19
been trying to get work

Right now, there's no shortage of work for physical workers. He could walk into a factory and get a job tomorrow.
Lenka 3 | 1,999
29 Jul 2020 #20
@Delph
If he really had a bad case of corona then he might not be able to work physically atn. Not that I would take his word for it
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
29 Jul 2020 #21
Not that I would take his word for it

Nah, me neither. It's the oldest trick in the book to ask for money for medical bills from foreigners.
Lazarus 1 | 43
29 Jul 2020 #22
there's no shortage of work for physical workers.

McDonald's are begging for staff.
cms neuf - | 1,667
29 Jul 2020 #23
Also plenty of work for delivery drivers and in supermarkets and warehouses

All temp stuff and it will dry up in a few months but certainly at the moment it's available


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