- There are lots of good doctors, but finding one that is right for you takes some effort.
- The doctors and nurses in both places were kind, professional and competent.
- In Paris I was encouraged to stay in the hospital until I was well enough to go home. Compare this to the U.S. where I went home the day after heart surgery.
- Everyone here was very casual with the medication instructions. Even asking for several repetitions and posing detailed questions left me pretty much in the dark. Thank God for WebMD.
- Patients here typically go home with several types of medications, and an option to ask for more or different.
- The doctor here prescribes significant time off work. Paid-for time.
- Patients here should be prepared for a "surprise visit" from L'Assurance Maladie to make sure they are unwell and at home.
- There are public hospitals (basically free with insurance) and private clinics (not free at all).
- Even in the private clinic here I received a hospital bill lower than I eceived post surgery in the U.S. where I was fully insured.
Although I do not recommend being sick anywhere in the world, if you have to be sick, Paris takes good care of you.