We regulary take sick children to the doctors here, as our jeep functions as the village bus.
The children in our village are usually registered with a doctor in a nearby village, one that is near enough to do house calls here. But the specialists are all in the nearest town. It is normal for us to take a child to the town to be seen, and then have to go back with mother and child to the other village to get paperwork signed off by the GP, in order for them to qualify for free treatment and then back to the town to get the medicine or treatment. In some urgent cases we have chased the doctor around from village to village to get it signed. In every case if the GP agrees with the treatment the child has free health care.
We also take the only unmarried mother in the village to the nearest town to sign on for her state support.
A visit to a gp costs I think 2.40 leva for someone on health care, or 10 leva without, it is 1 leva I think for a pensioner. There are no fixed prescription costs as such, you just have to pay for the medicines at the chemist, and I have collected medicine for people that has added up to quite large amounts of money. I know budgeting for medicine can be a nightmare for people on low incomes if they are prescribed an expensive drug. We have been asked to see if some drugs are less expensive abroad before now, (answer was no). The access to doctors is rationed, you can have one operation a year before having to pay the full cost yourself for example. We paid for someone to have a follow up operation, as they were isolated in a house with steep stairs and couldn't even get to the loo in the yard! The family paid it off by digging a long ditch for us.