An ambulance will not arrive, an ultrasound will not be prescribed: 5 features of medicine in Europe
2. Making an appointment with a doctor as a quest
If in Russia, feeling unwell, a person goes to a polyclinic, then in Europe – to a general practitioner. He, as a rule, conducts a reception in a private office, and it is not so easy to get to him. In Austria, therapists are attached to certain insurance companies, so first you have to find your own, sign up (at best in a week) and sit in the waiting room for several hours. Treatment can be prescribed immediately, or they can be sent for tests (laboratories are scattered throughout the city – they take blood in one, and ultrasound is done in another) or to specialized specialists (and there are queues again). In Germany it is difficult to find a family doctor: doctors are sorely lacking, and most therapists refuse to take on new patients. Waiting for an appointment with narrow specialists (if the family doctor refers to them) sometimes drags on for several months.
Italians can’t get to specialized specialists in state institutions for half a year or longer. In private clinics, a referral from a therapist is not required, but the cost of services is two to three times higher, and an appointment is at least a week in advance.
3. Ambulance – only in case of a threat to life
Even a severe illness in Europe is not a reason to call an ambulance. She comes only if life and health are in serious danger: for example, in case of severe injuries or a suspected heart attack. The task of ambulance doctors is to provide minimal assistance and deliver the patient to the hospital as quickly as possible.
You will have to pay for an unreasonable call out of your own pocket: in Austria, such a pleasure will cost 500 EUR, in Switzerland – 700-1000 CHF. It is no wonder that Europeans prefer to get to the hospital on their own whenever possible. f550x700/5y/hj/5yhjihuf5c00g40440c04o4wc.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>