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A visit to the rheumatologist (Life in France 2)

by Lupin Sun Oct 9th, 2005 at 05:52:27 AM EST

More on a newly expatriated American's life in Southern France:

A visit to the rheumatologist on Friday brought home, once again, the differences in how medicine seems to be practiced here and in the U.S.

I was referred to the specialist by my family doctor. No need for any approval from an insurance company. Just a letter with the information I needed to give to the new doctor.

I called for an appointment on Wednesday. The receptionist apologized for not being able to get me in to see the doctor in the next two days! She asked if an appointment the following week would be all right. The last time I needed to see a specialist in L.A., the usual waiting time for an appointment was a month.

When I got to the clinic...

Read the rest on Mrs Lupin's blog here.

People are speechless...(in the US, at least...)

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Sun Oct 9th, 2005 at 01:57:17 PM EST
Oh, I'm not speechless -- I just have nothing to say that doesn't involve numerous cuss words.

Just let me say that I believe it's criminal we don't have a national healthcare system in the United States.  You would not believe the stories I could tell, the things I've seen happen, the loved ones who've died.  Criminal is not a strong enough world.  !@#%!!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Oct 9th, 2005 at 03:28:40 PM EST
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