Oh this asshole knew where I wanted to go. He also knew I was a foreigner, and proceeded to take me on the "scenic route" to my destination. I've had this happen before. They assume you don't know what the fuck's going on, so they drive you around forever and rack up the fare.
Oh I knew what was going on. I gave him no tip, and as I left, I said, "I don't know if you know English, but if so, then FUCK YOU." Then I slammed the door. Very satisfying.
I needed my medical records though and this required a stop by the asshole doctor's office (the one I wouldn't mind seeing on the torture rack). I waited another 25 minutes for him (I waited almost half an hour for the first doctor...this is how it always goes), and honestly spoke to him for two minutes regarding my request. This cost me an additional $100.
I was under the impression that healthcare costs were lower here. Not the case. Not only are they ridiculously expensive once you move away from procedures more complicated than suture removal, but the frequency in which they want to see you is way more than necessary. I thought it was bad in the US. No. It isn't. Not only do we have far superior care, both in the training and the demeanor of our doctors and nurses, but MOST OF THE TIME, they aren't scheduling appointments just to milk it. I know our healthcare system is far from perfect but guess what? I'd take that "broken" system ANY DAY over the system here in Thailand. The system here is heavily divided by race and income and it actually disgusts me. I can't wait to be treated like a normal pregnant woman. So far, that's not been the case. I fear I'll break down into tears the minute the doctor merely smiles at me.
So that's where this adventure here in Thailand stops. The next time you hear from me, I'll be writing from the spare bedroom at my parent's house. I hope I don't have a curfew.