If you could clone one element from another city you’ve visited — a building, a cultural institution, a common street food, etc. — and bring it back to your own hometown, what would it be?
I come from a country where healthcare is a privilege for the wealthy, and while the hospitals cannot deny you a bed, you cannot have any medical tests or procedures performed, or even the basic medicine without first paying for it, as they bring you the daily receta which you then turn in to the pharmacy – with payment, of course. Everything has to be paid up front – a portion with a promise to pay the balance later on, or in full – otherwise, no medical interventions, no matter how dire your situation, will be performed for the patient in need.
In New Mexico, there is a place called Casa de Salud, where doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, acupuncturists and energy healers see patients without insurance. With a nominal fee for their services, you get seen if you wait long enough, for such service is in high demand when healthcare is at a premium. They’ve evolved since I first heard about them over eight years ago, but I believe their tenets have remained the same. Healthcare for people, not for profit.
So if I could clone something for my hometown, it would be this – that everyone is afforded dignity-based medical services, whoever you may be – especially those left out of the healthcare system that often is more focused on profit more than human dignity.