On my recent trip to Lisbon Portugal and to other day trips to surrounding cities I saw lots of interesting and magnificent things like this church and beautiful views of the city. However, there was one place that I had not counted on seeing in Lisbon and that was the inside of the ER at a Lisbon Hospital. Our first day of sight seeing begin with a visit to a castle. We rode an elevator to get to a street that was pretty high up and there was a deck with a beautiful view of the city. All of a sudden I felt like I was going to pass out and I did. When I woke up an ambulance had been called and they quickly loaded me up and took me to a hospital. This is where it gets different. Most of us have been to an ER at a hospital and they put you in a room or cubicle for treatment. Not so in Lisbon, they take you to a room that is very crowded, so crowded that the beds are touching each other. There are no visitors allowed unless the doctor calls them back and there is security to make sure that rule is followed. I understand the no visitors rule because they was not room for visitors to stand. When a nurse needed to attend to a patient she had to move the beds over in order to get to the bedside.
Although the ER was crowded, the care was excellent. Most of the nurses and the doctor spoke English. They never asked me if I had insurance or for any payment. They only took my personal information and my address. Turns out, when I got home and check with my insurance company, they will pay for all except the ambulance. They sent me home with a packet of information for my doctor here in Knoxville and it was all in Portuguese. However, thanks to Covenant Health, a translator was provided here in Knoxville so that my doctor had all the notes from Lisbon. It was nothing serious and the next day, I was out touring again. It makes me appreciate the good hospitals that we have here in Knoxville. I feel very blessed.
Oh by the way I have another trip planned and I purchased trip insurance, just in case.