There has been a lot of talk about health care lately. People always condemn the NHS, but from my perspective England is lucky to have that system. The problems though the staff are underpaid and over worked and what are they doing to make the system of things better, cutting staff and costs .
The whole system does need a looking into big time, but so does the whole economic structure of the country, mainly due to the benefit system and immigrants coming into the country. I am no way a racist or anything like that, but it is simple fact and I would do it too if I was in their situation, the NHS health system and the benefit system is alluring for those who have fallen on harder times.
It didn’t really occur to me until moving to France how different things actually were. I always took the free healthcare system for granted.
When we moved to France we had to wait awhile for our insurance to be sorted out and this did leave us with some scary expenses. Insurance is split into two sections here; one you pay for through an employer (or just private) and another type which is government funded. So in France we use both as the hubby is working. I am not really sure how it works for those that do not work, or cannot afford to pay for the private insurance. When you visit a Doctor you pay the full cost of the appointment which is 23 euros, and then you receive the majority of this money back from the insurances. For the dentist you pay a hefty amount dependent on the treatment, but again you receive most of the money back. Hospital visits and tests are taken straight from the insurance, but dependent on what you have had done and what the insurance covers you may need to pay a charge. As for medications the pharmacist gets the money straight from your insurance.
Overall, the medical practitioners I have seen here have been laid back, efficient, pro-active, educated and have actually sorted a lot of the health issues I have spent years suffering with in England. So I am one happy customer and wouldn’t want it any different. Plus, if I want to see someone I don’t have to wait months and months, it’s usually the same day, next day or within the week and that is even for seeing specialists. This way of things is manageable for us, a family of three (yes we pay for our children here too) and this is even just on my husband’s wage as I do not work.
I always said that they should privatise the NHS, but nowadays I am not so sure. I guess it would fix some problems, but just bring about more problems. I have no idea how this country could be fixed, or how any country could be. We leave that sadly to the ones in power, and whether we agree with them or not, I know personally I wouldn’t like to make the decisions they make and deal with the ridicule. Let’s face it somebody is always going to be on the opposing side of any situation