The bill for Doug's pouce arrived the other day, much quicker than the 18 months we were expecting. But then, the annual August shutdown is only days away, so no doubt every office worker is being asked to sacrifice a few minutes of their 150 minute lunch to crank out a few extra letters and invoices. Oh, probably not.
As you can see, the total is 55.48 Euros. This includes the doctor, nurse, and medical supplies and equipment. Doug was in the urgence at the hospital for more than an hour, soaked in a large tub of betadine, was carved on for a considerable time and sullied vast amounts of gauze. The specialist's fee was only 23 Euros---when was the last time you went to a doctor for a surgical procedure (without insurance) for $30? So it seemed that the 55.48 Euros charge was considerably less than if we had made a trip to the ER in the States.
Then I noticed the heading "Majoration Dimanche" on the bill and realized that there was a Sunday increase! And a sizeable percentage at that. I guess the moral of the story is never schedule your emergencies on universal closure day.