You feel ill and consider that a visit to the doctor would be advised.
Obviously you want to be as stress and worry-free on this matter ASAP. Here is what happens in 2 different European countries.
- You pay NI into both of these countries service along with taxes from your wages per month
- You contact your doctor for treatment to book an appointment when you have a health issue you are concerned about.
Scenario A. Calling my OWN doctor’s surgery – Hello, I need an appointment please…………..OK – we can fit you in 3 weeks from now OR you can call back tomorrow at 8am to get a same day appointment.
I call back 8am next morning………………Oh we can’t offer you an appointment today but we can fit you in tomorrow at 0830. Is that OK?
(Well yes of course I am feeling unwell so take an appointment when I can)
On morning of appointment, I wait 10 minutes and then doctor asks what is wrong with me. I tell him all the issues that I feel contribute to the problem. He says this is too much going on for a few minutes appointment so asks me to clarify most recent issues. Then gives me 2 forms & sends me to the hospital for X-ray and blood tests. I go directly (taking a book for writing time) and after a couple of hours I leave with the information that my doctor will have the results NEXT week. (a stress-free week?…… I doubt it!)
A week later the doctor rings me to tell me that I have high cholesterol of 6.3 and a shadow on X ray so to get another one). Asks re my breathing problems and when I ask when I should have the x-ray he says he’ll leave a form for the hospital at reception for me. I explain I’m currently in Germany and won’t be back for about a month. So he suggests I have it checked when I’m back in UK.
How stress-free am I going to be for a month?
Scenario B. Walk into a surgery in the local area I have never been to before.
Hello I need to see a doctor……………”Do you have your health card with you? .show this and ………..”please take a seat and the doctor will be with you soon.”
Three minutes later doctor appears and I explain that I have a problem and that I recently had an x-ray in UK that showed a shadow. It may be from an injury in January to my rib but we don’t know and I was told to get it checked. Also, that I may have a cholesterol problem.
Doctor immediately gets nurse to take my blood pressure and do a cardiogram. He then takes blood samples and asks me to go to hospital for X-ray later today. After that to return to him in evening for all results so we can then proceed.
So I call the hospital to make x-ray appointment and it’s booked for 1:15 next day.
Arriving at hospital early I sit and wait and at PRECISELY 1:15 the nurse appears and shuffles me into a room, tells me to take top half of clothes off and wait in the room to be collected. This tiny cubicle room has a door leading directl6y into the X-ray room and within 5 minutes this is opened, I am processed, shuffled back into cubicle room to get dressed and then told to sit outside and wait.
Ten minutes later I am called into another room and given results – nothing to see on the x-ray and nothing to worry about and my results will be with doctor tomorrow morning.
Next morning go to doctors’ surgery and am seen within 5 minutes by doc who gives me blood test and other results – cholesterol is slightly high but it is the GOOD cholesterol so nothing to worry about.
How stress-free am I now?
Less stress always causes less sickness and pain in my opinion. SO let’s shorten the amount of time required for the stress where we can in the UK please. Why is there such a difference do you think – comments please………………