Rating a medical return

American Doctor Jackie Underwood seems to prefer the American medical system, after spending a year spent practicing at a rural New Zealand hospital. Having recently returned to her home in Newark New Jersey, Underwood is glad to have spent the time abroad. “It makes you appreciate here,” Underwood says, “It makes you appreciate the United States’ private medicine.” The differences took some getting used to, especially the pace. “People have to wait a long time for things, ” Underwood said, “things we take for granted here aren’t taken for granted there.” The experience is one she is grateful for, and she hopes to return to New Zealand as a tourist someday to explore the parts of it she missed this time around.

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