The undokai ("sports festival") was held today. After Saturday having just totally crappy, rainy weather all day long...Issei went to bed last night and added an "oh by the way, God....could you let tomorrow be nice" at the end of our nightly prayers. I have been up since about 5:45...had to get some major amounts of java in my system to get the proverbial "show on the road". The morning started out a little cool and foggy.....and throughout the day I was, in no particular order...cold..cool...warm...dry...slightly wet...misty-ed upon....hot...sweaty...and finally, sunburned.
Sheesh!!! We had 3 seasons all in one day!!! :-D
But...the day is over....we all went out to eat dinner because the kitchen was "Closed", the cook was gone!!! The K-man just brought in the disc with pictures so will go through them...more than likely tomorrow....and hopefully post some good ones from the day.
But...the main reason for this post is.....my students have some questions (about things that have bothered me so...sorry...was listening to Jimmy B and I have his words in my head!!!) .
Sometimes, my students will ask me questions about "life in America" and sadly, I can't answer those anymore. Oh...don't get me wrong...I could...but it would be "life in America....17 years ago!!"
QUESTION #1....Since the Presidential campaign is big news over here...it almost seems at times that my students know more about what's going on and who said what, than I do! This came up a few times last week......What is American health insurance really like? How much do you pay a month? What does it cover?
Japan has a National Health Insurance plan and, from how it has affected us, it's a pretty good system. The K-man pays about $600 a month for insurance for himself, me, and the two boys. This insurance is for our regular doctor, but also for dermatologist, dentist, eye doctor (sometimes).....pretty much any kind of doctor's visit is covered.
Now...when we go...we pay only 30% of the total bill. (When I was working at a private school, our coverage was 10%!!!). You can get extra insurance for things like cancer, and other diseases...but we don't have that.
Here's a good example of how it has worked for us.....both boys were delivered by Cesarean....10 and 6 years ago, the mandatory hospital stay for this type of delivery was 14 days (regular delivery is 6 or 7 days!). Most women here have their babies at private maternity hospitals which could seriously double as really nice hotels. Our total bill for the 14 days...only about $3,400!!!
(**Then....the city of Nagasaki, like many cities here in Japan to help combat the dropping birthrate gave us a "Thank you for having a baby" gift that was about $3,000....yes....the whole bill for the hospital stay and delivery itself was about $500 for each!!!!)
So...if you could briefly let me know what YOUR insurance is like...either in the comment section OR you can send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ....(briefly because please remember I will probably have to translate it!!! be kind, please!!). We can call it the
In Japan....we (oh yeah...I'm so with everyone else on this...) say something that sounds like
"yo-show" (when doing something that's hard!) or "yoshe" (can be used for "light" things...opening a door, for example!). I think there are probably many more, but these two were the most common for this part of the country!!!
So...think about it...watch your mothers/fathers/grandfather/grandmothers and pay attention to what they say when they plop down on the sofa or when they get up from that sofa! Report back to me....if you can......My students appreciate hearing about stuff like that...and let's be honest....whatever answers you can give me, will take some of the pressure off of me!!!