I live in France. If I want to see my doctor, I go and sit in his waiting room and sooner or later, he calls me in and I get his sage advice. I pay him the euro equivalent of about six quid. He gets another payment from the government and I get most of my six quid back from the peeps who administer my social security thingies.
I keep reading about a wait of two, or even three weeks, for peeps in the UK to see a doctor. What gives?
OK, so my quack is absolutely useless, but if there was something *seriously* wrong with me, I'd like to think he would pass me on to someone more knowledgeable. So, from that point of view, he is of some use, but why can't the UK adopt a similar system - is it this endlessly repeated mantra of: 'Free at the point of delivery', that is holding things back.
I despair for many of you guys