Wednesday, November 16, 2011

So the French healthcare system works then...

Regular readers will know that France regularly tops the list of places that people want to live and that one of the reasons for this is the legendary healthcare system here.

It's all very well reading about this but how does it work in practice?

Well, a couple of weeks ago I was unable to shake off a bad dose of flu so went to my eccentric GP in Jarnac.  No appointment just turned up at 9am on a Monday morning.

He got out his stethoscope, cracked a few jokes, told me I had pneumonia, wrote out a prescription, made a phone call and kicked me out.

By 10am I had been to the clinic and had my bloods taken, by 2pm my lungs had been x rayed and a specialist had taken me through the results, checked my prescription and packed me off to bed.

Thankfully no lasting damage and I'm well on the way to recovery.

Impressive service though wasn't it.

Perhaps the next time I'm whingeing about the cost of my "cotisations" I'll remember what I'm paying for and write out the cheque a little less grudgingly!


Rebecca Russell said...

Gouldn't agree with you more Graham. I had an experience recently with the French health system. Saw doctor immediately, had scan immediately, had follow-up immediately. We should't grumble about those cotisations! Get well soon

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of your illness, can be serious - dare I say, at our age - and glad to see you got prompt attention under the French system. Wishing you a swift recovery.
P-D de Rouffignac.

graham downie said...

Thank you both for your best wishes....certainly on the road to recovery now....