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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 20-01-2013, 16:46 Thread Starter
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Polish Hospital treatment

Just to relate my experience of using a Polish Hospital.

Previously, I had only to visit a GP, for prescription renewal which was very easy, but the GP was an ex-student of my girlfriends so it was not a valid test of the system for a visitor.

Today, Sunday, I needed to get a painful eye problem looked at.

My girlfriend soon found, on the internet the Eye hospital that was on standby. Maybe in English it would need a call to 999 (112), or help from a local.

We arrived at the hospital and thought the 20 people waiting could be a long queue, but it proved to be family groups, so in effect we were about 8-9 in the queue.

Into the surgery after 35 mins. Details of EHIC card entered into system by the assistant (that was a bit slow because she had forgotten her glasses )

Seen by the Eye Doctor. I was checked over for any serious problems - fortunately diagnosis was only bad case of Conjunctivitis, for which prescription written on spot.

Total time 45 mins.

I was very impressed with the facilities and treatment - and on a Sunday, and all for free with EHIC card. Well done Poland! It is not all a one-way street for the POles.

Everybody in Poland pays for prescriptions. My eye-drops were 6 pounds ( don't know how much in UK)

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How do you get to use an EHIC card if you live in Poland? We had to register as French residents when we moved here.

Glad the treatment was swift an efficient and hope the eye heals quickly.
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Prescription charges in the UK are £7.65 per item. Retired persons etc. are exempt.

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How do you get to use an EHIC card if you live in Poland? We had to register as French residents when we moved here.

Glad the treatment was swift an efficient and hope the eye heals quickly.
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I have never been here 3 months - continuously. I neither rent nor own a property here. So I am a 'visitor' entitled to use my EHIC.
The authorities make the rules - I abide by them.

Sorry, forgot to add thanks for the well wishes - think it is not major problem just wanted to check before it might have got acute.

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Prescription charges in the UK are £7.65 per item. Retired persons etc. are exempt.

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That much I know, but just wondered what paid-for charge would be for eye-drops, which I think they are nothing special, in UK.

One might save paying UK commercial price - or sometimes one might be SHOCKED and be happy to pay the NHS charge

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In France I had a tooth first derooted and then two days later extracted for 28Euros. It took an hour to do the extraction as all my back teeth have taken.

Good value I think. Plus she invited me out to dinner. I turned it down as I thought the missus may say something.

I think she must have wanted to see how I chew with yet another tooth missing.

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e UK are £7.65 per item. Retired persons etc. are exempt.

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Wrong! In England only. Rest of the UK free.

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We found the EHIC card worked very well in Spain when my partner cracked her ribs. Hospital told us the cards make it much easier than when people come in with an insurance policy.

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Did you not get it? Euros 28 was the invoiced bill for tax

The invitation for dinner was for you to pay for the rest of the bill

OR are you that mean?

We will have to consider demoting you to the lower deck (again )

All in jest, keep posting your quirky bits [No! I don't want to see them]

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