You know we complain all the time in the UK about the health service? Well you know what, the UK health service is really good and very accessible.
There is a completely different service here where you either pay for your treatment or (if you’re entitled, for example your pay is below a certain level, or you’re unemployed, or under 6) you apply and get a medical card which entitles you to free treatment (as far as I’m aware). I am still a little ignorant on how exactly it works. But I know that each GP surgery has a price list for every treatment/consultation and that purchasing health insurance is apparently quite popular.
What shocked me today is I tried to register us as patients with a GP. I rang 4 local surgeries up, they all refused to take us on as we are not in their immediate area. I then found one who said they would take us as patients, we just need to go in and register (It’s about 8 miles away I think).
I was starting to get quite upset really, because although everyone was pleasant, no one actually seemed that bothered that we are a family with two small children in a rural area where (as far as I’m aware) the nearest A&E is an hour away. I was so so pleased when the last one I rang just said yes, we take people from your area. If I’d been there in person, I would have hugged her. Because we are in a rural area, all the surgeries are over 8 miles away from where we are living. But anyway, we have a yes! So hopefully it will go through ok. It looks like a really nice little surgery too. Maybe it’s a God thing that we ended up at this one, so I will stop moaning now 😂.
we played out this afternoon:
It was good to be outside. Aaaaaand relax! Well sort of…