I chipped a tooth yesterday and had to go to the dentist to get it examined. Problem is that I’m in Ladakh where dentists (to say nothing of good dentists) are few and far between. After consulting with various local friends, most of whom had nothing encouraging to say, I decided to see the dentist at the government hospital.
It’s a rather dismal place, and I hope I never have to go there for anything serious. The people are really nice and as helpful as can be, but . . . well, it’s a rural hospital. Facilities seem pretty minimal.
Fortunately, the dentist said I didn’t have to do anything for it right away since it’s small and there’s no pain. He did say that if I want to get it filled I can come to his clinic. He’ll even pick me up, since I live on the far side of town.
But the most remarkable thing was that the hospital visit cost me only two rupees! That’s less than $.04 USD! I’m not sure how much a filling would have been at the hospital, but it undoubtedly would have been cheap. I had a first rate filling done once in Dehra Dun for Rs500, and this would probably be a lot cheaper. It’s such a far cry from dental/health care in the US it’s like a different planet.