The Jaws of the French Medical System April 7, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in life, Marseille.
Wow. The way the French medical system operates is totally the opposite of what I’m used to! Paula’s Mom was in the hospital for over two weeks. In the USA I’ve always got the impression that a hospital tries to shoo you out the door as fast as it can. Sometimes it seems like they do it before you are comfortable. The French system is the opposite. In the end it seemed like they were holding her there just so they could give her several shots a day (which are now being delivered by a nurse who comes to the house twice a day for 6 euros each visit).
While the USA seems to error on the side of sending people home a little to early, the French system seems to error – way error — on the other side. Crazy. And thank goodness the insurance back in Canada is willing to pay for it all!