Doctors Offices in the UK vs US

During minibreak, I went to Paris and sat on something sharp, which led to an infection. I had to go to the doctor, but it wasn’t the same as a traditional American clinic.

UK doctors offices feel like being in an office that just so happens to have medical equipment in it.

The doctor sits behind a desk, and you sit opposite. To the side, out of the way, is all of the medical equipment.

The doctor looks through your file, asks about your medical history and the injury, and then goes on to investigate the problem. Sometimes, they make small talk. They then write you a prescription, and you go on your merry way.

Short, sweet, and to the point. You’ll be in and out in under an hour.

In the US, I have waited over 2 hours for a scheduled appointment. When you get in there, it feels like you’re being interviewed because of all the questions the doctor asks you. They check your blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, and other things unrelated to your affliction.

It’s not like that in the UK.

There’s a difference between UK private practices (which is what I went to) and the public, government-funded clinics. Those can take quite a while to get into, whereas I made my appointment the same day.

All the private practices are located on Harley Street.

Still, they all differ from the American experience.


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