On the topic of visiting the hospital while in Paris.....was I just the stupid American that thought this was a country with socialized medicine? I thought that while I was visiting Paris and my daughter became very sick with the flu (requiring IV fluids and an overnight stay) that we would not be billed. Crazy I know. But honestly, that is what I thought. We are not billed up front in the U.S. but receive the bill in the mail a month or so later, just as I did from the French. Is this because I am not French or am I simply confused as to the idea of socialized medicine. Those in the know...do I really have to pay this bill that amounts to @ $1700 dollars???