My health insurance just got upgraded to “disaster accident” class. In the US, this would surely mean that I had to pay extra high premiums or that the insurance companies would drop me completely. Here in Taiwan, however, it means that I only have to pay 100 NT (three dollars US) when I go to the doctor, instead of the usual 340 NT. This is the beauty of universal and obligatory health insurance.
“Maybe we can even get free parking in handicapped spaces,” Diane suggests. In the two years we’ve lived here my wife has become perfectly Taiwanese. The trick is to turn every adversity into an opportunity for free parking.