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We've had an invitation to have an MOT (for us, not our cars!).  We seem to get these every year - seems a bit excessive to us - do the rest of you bother to take advantage annually or miss the odd one?  Does every department offer them that often?

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I always ignore all these things, I know that we had had lots of 'offers' for various medical checkups over the years. Even now I do the same. I have friends who always take them up, but that is not me. Maybe I have a bit of a recklessness about me, in fact I probably do.

The odd thing that came concerning the kids was different, I made sure that they were up to date with everything they should be.

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We took up the offer from our CPAM and this resulted in Mr Clair having his varicose veins dealt with, my thyroid being removed and my blood pressure being treated, all things we had tried to get treated in the UK, without much success.

Our check-up was quite thorough (blood work, dental and hearing checks included) and we received an invite for another 5 years later.

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[quote user="Clair"]we received an invite for another 5 years later.
[/quote]That's the crucial point, thanks! We had ours two years ago, got another invitation last year and have just received another.  But then I guess you two are a bit younger than us.[:)]

Very thorough as were yours - it's just the timing which seemed excessive.  I take anything that's going normally, but as I seem to spend so much time in hospitals these days, I guess I'm just a bit sick of them[:)]

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We had one last year and I was very happy to have it done.  I have never had my cholesterol or hearing checked since school and it was the first time also for an ECG.  It was good to know that I was normal (no comments please!!!!)
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[quote user="idun"]I think I don't like being 'nanny'd'.[/quote]

Neither do I, but I couldn't ignore a free health MOT when it was offered, especially after Mr Clair had waited years for his UK GP to start treatment on his varicose veins.

It had got pretty serious with the swelling and the pain, but still no treatment required as far as his GP was concerned... [:@]

As soon as my doctor in France saw the results of the blood work re my thyroid, he did the necessary to ensure I saw a specialist, who recommended surgery.

In the UK, I had been taking daily tablets for years, using a permanent prescription after a single blood test taken at the start of the treatment. No follow-up, no further test to find out if it worked (it didn't).

The only times my GP ever checked my blood pressure was when I asked him...

After years on the NHS, I was pleased to be able to get a free and thorough health check!

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Pommier, I don't know if the invitations are age specific, or whether they depend upon which caisse you're with, or where you live.  This is why I'm suprised to see that we seem to get one a year!

Loirette, let me know if you get another - ours arrived yesterday so it would be interesting to know if all we Sarthois are getting them.[:)]  Not that it matters, it's just that I don't want to pass up the chance if it's going to be 5 years this time before I get another.

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[quote user="Clair"][quote user="idun"]I think I don't like being 'nanny'd'.[/quote]
Neither do I, but I couldn't ignore a free health MOT when it was offered, especially after Mr Clair had waited years for his UK GP to start treatment on his varicose veins.
It had got pretty serious with the swelling and the pain, but still no treatment required as far as his GP was concerned... [:@]

As soon as my doctor in France saw the results of the blood work re my thyroid, he did the necessary to ensure I saw a specialist, who recommended surgery.
In the UK, I had been taking daily tablets for years, using a permanent prescription after a single blood test taken at the start of the treatment. No follow-up, no further test to find out if it worked (it didn't).
The only times my GP ever checked my blood pressure was when I asked him...

After years on the NHS, I was pleased to be able to get a free and thorough health check!
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These checks used to be frequent in the UK (at least in my area) once you got to 55/60 years old. Sadly no more.

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I have had letters in the UK too. I have ignored them and am not sure what they were for, I certainly hadn't requested them.

I haven't had any problems getting to see a specialist or anything else I needed since I have been back, nor has my family. Some things I have to see the Dr for are unavoidable, other things and I'll ask when I am ready. I don't like seeing Dr's and being prodded and poked etc.

 

 

 

 

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I've bumped this up because I really would be interested to know the intervals at which others have been offered these.  Is annual the norm, or every five years, as per Clair?  We are 56 and 63.  I would be grateful for any feedback, from some more of you.  Thanks.
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[quote user="cooperlola"]I've bumped this up because I really would be interested to know the intervals at which others have been offered these.  Is annual the norm, or every five years, as per Clair? [/quote]

We are both 61, have been here nearly 6 years and have not, so far, received an offer of an MOT. [:(]

Sue

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[quote user="cooperlola"]I've bumped this up because I really would be interested to know the intervals at which others have been offered these.  Is annual the norm, or every five years, as per Clair?  We are 56 and 63.  I would be grateful for any feedback, from some more of you.  Thanks.[/quote]

If your husband is considering exchanging you for a newer model, or vice versa, then you must have had a contrôle done in the last 6 months, it doesnt matter if you failed it miserably he will still be able to legally offload you.

Mind you if you dont then its only a €90 amende and loss of two points in the rare event that you get caught.

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[quote user="Chancer"]

[quote user="cooperlola"]I've bumped this up because I really would be interested to know the intervals at which others have been offered these.  Is annual the norm, or every five years, as per Clair?  We are 56 and 63.  I would be grateful for any feedback, from some more of you.  Thanks.[/quote]

If your husband is considering exchanging you for a newer model, or vice versa, then you must have had a contrôle done in the last 6 months, it doesnt matter if you failed it miserably he will still be able to legally offload you.

Mind you if you dont then its only a €90 amende and loss of two points in the rare event that you get caught.

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Nobody would have either of us (except maybe on a temporary basis!)  I'm afraid that I'm an MOT failure already as the chassis got rather out of shape three years ago!

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[quote user="cooperlola"]I've bumped this up because I really would be interested to know the intervals at which others have been offered these.  Is annual the norm, or every five years, as per Clair?  We are 56 and 63.  I would be grateful for any feedback, from some more of you.  Thanks.[/quote]

From this page:

[quote]Vous avez droit à ce bilan de santé gratuit tous les 5 ans.

Cependant, si vous êtes exposé à certains risques ou confronté à des

problèmes particuliers, vous pouvez bénéficier d'examens plus

rapprochés.[/quote]
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[quote user="Clair"][quote user="cooperlola"]I've bumped this up because I really would be interested to know the intervals at which others have been offered these.  Is annual the norm, or every five years, as per Clair?  We are 56 and 63.  I would be grateful for any feedback, from some more of you.  Thanks.[/quote]
From this page:
[quote]Vous avez droit à ce bilan de santé gratuit tous les 5 ans. Cependant, si vous êtes exposé à certains risques ou confronté à des problèmes particuliers, vous pouvez bénéficier d'examens plus rapprochés.[/quote][/quote]Smashing, thanks.  Now I'm given to wonder what "problemes particuliers" they think we have that aren't already being treated![:-))]
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  • 2 weeks later...
Hi coops,

The OH received the first MOT invitation late last year (age 56) but hasn't been yet as he wanted to get his teeth sorted first - final dental appointment next week. I haven't received an invitation (age 55) but then I've spent some time recently at the hospital so I'm not too fussed about going for an MOT at the moment.

Chris

ps we're in the mayenne
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Thanks Chris.  Having discoverd that the normal interval was five years and given - like you - the fact that I seem to be continually seeing one doctor or another - we decided to give it a miss this time.  We may regret it but for the moment at least I think I've had enough.[:-))]

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Our experience in France has been a good one in that our GP here seems to do blood pressure checks and sends us for blood tests at more or less the recommended intervals without being asked. To some extent the intervals would be dictated by what regular medication is being taken. I have asked for other checks like cardiac and respiratory when the situation seems to suggest it might be a good idea with no resistance on his part.

I can usually get an appointment to see my gastroenterologist in a reasonable time and have a schedule for 5 yearly, was two, colonoscopy type examination. Jackie gets to see her oncologist and surgeon yearly with appropriate X-rays before hand. The regular dépistage packet for our innards turns up with no problems in the mail box.

So on balance I would say anyone coming to live in France need have no worries about on-going monitoring for a medical condition or a potential medical condition.

If you don't have a significant medical condition then it might pay to be a little proactive in the first instance in asking if any test is needed but I am sure many GPs would suggest these as appropriate for one's age.....................JR

PS I would also say that one values the advice and care in checking for drug interactions of our local pharmacist. Especially when it comes to recommending or gainsaying over-the-counter medications for minor ailments according to our medical histories.
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