A friend of mine recently asked me if I was going to go back to the UK when I finally retire to get good health care. Then I read that lots of Brits are returning to the UK as they miss the NHS. The thought had bever crossed my mind as we have been more than satisfied with the health care we receive here.
Take this morning. I had received the letter informing me it was time to have my free breast screen. I made an appointment a week ago for 9.30 a.m. this morning. I arrived at the hospital at 9.25 a.m. Parking can be tricky but I found several spaces right outside – if not I could have gone just across the road to the station car park. In reception there is a drinks machine but no shops, no café, no fast food chains and above all no noise! They have a ticket system so you can sit down in comfort and wait your rturn – there were three numbers in front of mine. By 9.30 I was checked in and on my way to radiology where they took my details again and off to the waiting room. Less than 5 minutes later I was called in and by 9.55 a.m I had had the mammogram and had been examined by the doctor. Another 5 mins for him to look at everything and then he came to give me the result and I was free to go. No waiting for a letter to come ages afterwards.
Everything was thankfully normal but I had an abnormal scan in the UK just before coming here 10 years ago. I had the scan and then later received a letter telling me there was an abnormality and that I would have to return in 3 weeks for a deeper scan. All was fnally well but when I had my first scan here in France the same thing happened. Here you wait until the results have been examined and if there is an abnormality they do the second , deeper scan immediately.
That’s the kind of treatment I am used to here now. Blood results come back quickly, appointment times mostly respected and if not apologies are made and you are kept well informed. I think UK health care staff are briliant but they are being prevented from doing their job by a system that has lost its way in my view.
So no – I won’t be going back to live in the UK for health care reasons – I’m happy and hope to stay healthy where I am.