Posted: 12/11/2014 at 11:34
I have never understood how the NHS works, or doesn't work.
In Belgium, I can choose my GP, I can make appointments on the internet or by phone or have a home visit if needed. When I do need to see a specialist or have X-rays and ops for the dodgy back and feet, the results are sent to my GP online so she can see them herself.
She keeps tabs on our innoculations and does an annual "MOT" - blood test for cholesterol, blood sugars, vitamins and hormones plus blood pressure and so on. I get to choose my specialist and hospital if I need an op. I get to choose the time too. I get a choice of follow up appointments.
Ditto dentist, skin doctor, gynae, obstetrician, opthalmologist, orthopedist, neurologist. We've needed them all in the last 20 years.
There are some hospitals here and GPs to avoid but, like I said, I get to choose. I just need to make sure I never have an accident near a dodgy one as there isn't a choice for emergency care when ambulances are involved.