Treatment in France

Map of France (wp-EN), with names in French
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TREATMENT CENTRES IN FRANCE is the website for the Federation Nationale des Centres de Lutte contre le Cancer.   It incorporates a page in English which details the work of the Federation and names the 20 cancer centres.
Frances Wilkinson, Secretary of Cancer Support France, says they “will always support English-speaking people affected by cancer in France and you will have seen from the CSF website that we have branches of our organisation in many parts of France where there is a significant population of Anglophones.
Incidentally, although I do speak French, and so do the people I mention in the case study below, a large proportion of French medical staff speak excellent English.  One darling doctor just grunted as he examined my skin lesions from Tamoxifen – and kept on grunting.  So no interpreter needed there, but he set in motion the treatment I had which cured my skin lesions;  lesions that had stumped doctors at the Royal Marsden in London.
CASE STUDY : Medicine and treatment in France

You may decide to hxxll with trying to get the NHS top pay – you are going anyway and will pay.

Two friends who live down the street were surprised and pleased at how easy it is to get treatment in Europe. They knew I had been there to get help with cancer side effects, and were impressed.   So here, straight from the horse’s mouth, is what it’s like to go off abroad for treatment. Both had been passed around from one NHS pillar to another medical post, were fed up with years of waiting and wrong diagnosis, and just wanted to get things done. Now, they almost automatically book to go to France when they need treatment.

“When I wanted to find a prostate specialist when I had to go to Lyon, I merely googled :”Prostate specialists in Lyon” and up came various names, one of whom I called , got on to her secretary, and booked myself in. The cost was less than in London for seeing someone of comparable quality, I was seen immediately and laboratory tests were done on the same day, also at less cost, with the results coming through quite quickly.

When Robin had a problem with ingrowing toenails some years ago, we saw a French doctor within 10 minutes and the antibiotics were produced immediately, all at much less cost than here ( the doctor was in Paris ).

When needing a scan in Lyon, we booked up the appointment to coincide with our holiday in the South of France. No waiting, the scan cost £80 instead of £800 over here, and a doctor explained the results immediately afterwards in very good English. This was not on the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) as it was pre-booked. However, further tests were done by my friend Dr Degraix, one of the leading ENT specialists in Lyon, and drops were duly administered for the infection which cured it in 7 days, whereas it had taken months of footling around in the U.K and we didn’t get anywhere.

When in France, we are always falling off rocks, pulling muscles diving into swimming pools, getting appalling stomach upsets after yet another 5 course Michelin meal, and always having to see a doctor or go to hospital to get cured. The results are always much better than in the U.K, cheaper and more effective.

It is also definitely worth comparing medical costs on a pre booked basis between here and France, and I haven’t seen or heard much about MRSA or whatever the latest bug is, but the French seem to have that under control”.

Warning! The French, like us, are getting fed up with medical tourism.  But they have the will to do something about this, so don’t imagine you can go there and present yourself at a hospital, claiming to have suddenly got cancer – it won’t work.

You will be treated well, then presented with a bill at the end – and there won’t be any way you can get out of paying.

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