Use of emergency rooms is a much-debated part of the U. S. health care system. I recently had the chance to experience what it is like going to one of these places with a medical emergency – and in a place where they did not speak my language.
I went with friends on a trip to Portugal and Morocco to take a winter vacation and sample the local cuisine. We spent 10 days in and around Lisbon and then flew to Morocco, destination Marrakesh.
We flew there via an eight-hour layover in Casablanca and found the chance to visit the city irresistible.
We ventured into the produce market where I purchased saffron and fennel seed for a fish soup. There are lots of poor folk in Casablanca and their market is pretty basic. When I was accosted by a man who was coughing, spewing germs, and grabbing the hand of the “generous American” I politely fled in terror to wash up.