As some readers may recall, Emma suffered a fall shortly before we left Switzerland, splitting open her chin. The cut was not large but gaped and bled profusely due to its location. We went to the local emergency room where the wound was cleaned, assessed and determined to require stitches. Multiple injections of local anesthetic were required, as were three nurses to keep a hysterical Emma from moving. In the end, Emma left with three sutures and a smile on her face. We'd both survived.
Leap forward now to two weeks ago when Emma's cheek was split open by a flying tow rope handle. The cut was slightly over 1 cm long with straight, well opposed edges but due to its location —just under her eye— we drove to a nearby walk-in clinic to have it checked. A nurse took Emma's vitals and cleaned the wound. Shortly thereafter the doctor on duty examined the cut and judged it to be small enough to glue closed. No anaesthetic or assistants were required for the procedure which took about five minutes from start to finish.
Let's compare bills, shall we?
Switzerland: $549 (converted from Swiss Franc)
OSF St. Francis Prompt Care has some explaining to do.