…a doctor gave the baby a blood test, a chest X-ray, and examined her carefully. When he was finished, he gave Lee some forms to take to a service desk. Lydia and Marina waited in line with him there and heard him tell the nurse who looked over his forms that he had no money, was unemployed, drew no unemployment benefits, and was living on money borrowed from friends. Lydia, who was standing in front of Marina in the line, could hear Marina, who apparently was able to make out what Lee was saying in English, hiss, “What a liar.” The nurse gave Lee a slip of paper, requiring a small payment because of his financial condition, and told him to take it to the cashier. But Lee jammed the paper in his pocket and ducked out without paying anything at all.
During the car ride back home Lee complained that medical care in America ought to be free, as it had been in the Soviet Union, and Marina was on Lee’s case in a harsh tone, all the way home. (1)
Pursued by the hospital, Lee eventually paid the reduced bill of $2.00 which, adjusted for inflation, was less than $20 at the time. Lee had attempted to defect to the Soviet Union a few years earlier. He eventually decided to return to the United States and the Soviet authorities were fine with him leaving. They had no interest in an American of his sort. Click for the full article