I saw a husband and wife yesterday who have duel citizenship...the USA and France. They travel to Paris and the French countryside several times a year (and he has that beautiful French accent!) My mouth was hanging open when I heard about health care in France. Here's what made me perk up:
- His sister, who is age 70 but quite healthy, has the usual hypertension and difficulty seeing. Since being hospitalized with pneumonia, she gets a home visit TWICE A DAY from a visiting nurse to take blood pressure and load her pills into the container and make sure she is OK. Apparently the nurse and she chat, drink coffee and read the paper together!
- My patient went to the pharmacy with a rash. The pharmacist said "Oh that is shingles...go to this doctor" (located next door). Doctor agreed and gave RX for treatment. No appointment needed. Cost $18 Eu.
- No appointment needed to see your doctor. Just walk in. Very little wait and cost is $18Eu or $15Eu if you have an appointment. This is the cost for a visitor. It might be free for a local resident.
- Can't make it to the doctor? He/she will make a home visit for about $30Eu.
This is not meant as an economic analysis...just another way of looking at how health care is delivered in a patient-centric way. Oh, by the way...their outcomes are also better than ours.