Here I am thinking I at least have command of my native tongue, when it seems I can’t really express myself in english either. Maybe pig latin is where it’s at for me.
Anyways, wanted to clarify my post on french healthcare, thanks to an astute comment calling me out for trashing a healthcare system I have championed in the past for being free. So yeah, let your eyes glaze over for a minute while I get all political – I promise this is the last time!
I’ll basically just say what I replied back in my comments: My fear and hesitation to seek treatment here has nothing to do with the healthcare itself, and everything to do with being in a foreign country, speaking a foreign language, and not knowing exactly how the system works. As I stated, the system worked out just fine, it just works differently than it does in the U.S., like in the simplest of terms – for example, here the doctor does almost everything, nurses play a smaller role. The waiting room is different – not bad, just not set up the way it is in the States. So I was nervous not because I thought I was going to get bad care, but because it was wholly possible that I would misunderstand something in French and end up asking for fertility treatments when I really just needed some eyedrops. I have the exact same feeling of panic when I have to call and order takeout over the phone. Nothing to do with the French, everything to do with my tenuous grip on the french language. Sorry I didn’t explain that better.
Is the french system superior? Quality-wise, it seemed from my limited experience the same as it is in the States. Except it’s free for French people. Does that make it better? That’s fodder for some other blog. I’ve got champagne to drink.