brodie19 Posted July 26, 2013 Share Posted July 26, 2013 Early last year I posted regarding a colonoscopy which I subsequently underwent whilst resident in France. Having since moved back to the UK, I am not really impressed at the way my nearest hospital would undertake a colonoscopy, compared to what I received in France. The reason for this is that under the NHS, I will not be able to have any future colonoscopy under a general anaesthetic. My French specialist had previously told me I would need a colonoscopy every 3 years ( as my father was diagnosed with bowel cancer), and that in France (as I now know), unless there is a specific medical reason, colonoscopies are not undertaken without general anaesthetic for reasons of patient safety, contrary to what happens in the UK.My question is of those who have undergone medical treatment in France and then moved permanently back to the UK. I am wondering if anyone has then specifically returned to France to continue treatment (obviously at their own expense), rather than using the NHS. In my case, I would rather have any subsequent colonoscopies done in France under general anaesthetic rather than in the UK without (although I understand that sedatives can be used), however, I would rather be "out of it" when that happens.Having now "released" myself from CPAM, and now resident in the UK, how easy is it to obtain a procedure such as this again in France, not being resident, and not being able to use EHIC? I suppose it is not as simple as going back to my former French GP, paying him for a consultation, and having him write a "prescription" for a colonoscopy at the same clinic I received mine, and hopefully by the same doctor. As I said, payment is not a problem. I noticed from my last colonoscopy that the French charges were about 900€ for the privelege, a price I would not hesitate to pay for this procedure under GA.Anyone have any experience of a similar type scenario? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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