The biggest surprise about Vietnam was to discover the lack of health care. They must have tried to take a lesson from the United States, but chose the wrong one. I thought that universal health care was a key feature of any communist country. Look at Cuba, which offers little else to its people. Tour guides pointed out my misconception.
I learned that every hospital bed is “occupied” by up to four persons. Not all sleep in the bed, but the names are attached. The reason is that no one is allowed to remain in the hospital without a bed, so each one gets loaded with names. People then bring their own bedding and sleep on the floor or on a cot.
Of course, like in any good capitalist society--even if this is not one--different hospitals have different prices. You get what you are able to pay. All but the most serious cases are treated in the home, and all fear major illness or injury. And, this country does not seem to have a Michael Moore...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.