Since medical events in far away places aren't uncommon, I thought I'd share my tale of German medical care...
We taxied to the hospital and were seen by a physician within an hour. Being accustomed to the American medical system, we figured they'd give me a cortical steroid shot and I'd be on my way. But, no... The doc didn't want to cover up the pain, he wanted it to heal. So he gave me anti-inflammatory meds (prescription dose of Ibuprofen and voltaren ointment), a knee brace to stabilize it and crutches to take the weight off. The visit took all morning, but most of the time was spent waiting for the brace to be procured and fitted properly. The doc says I should be back to normal activities in a few days. Meanwhile, I'll be going on city tours with the "gentle walkers" group.
Cost: 20 euros each way for the taxi, 90 euros for the emergency room visit including the doctor and crutches, 50 euros for the pharmacy and 300 for the knee brace. Overall, a pretty small price relative to the cost in a US hospital visit. We'll file for reimbursement through our travel insurance when we get home. (1 euro = $1.10)
Thank you Audrey for the photos of Regensburg.