dointime wrote: Of course all the records should be digitally accessible! We should also have the option of getting all our records downloaded straight to our mobile device if we want, or to a medical card which we can hand to the doctor who needs it. This goes for our dental and optical records as well. And yet we still have to navigate these legacy systems, waiting for weeks for records to arrive where they are needed because somebody somewhere along the administrative chain went on holiday, or something.
Hi DT, did you know that this is how it works already in France? Well, not the mobile phone part, but pretty much all the rest.
French people have a little green card ("carte vitale"), which is like a bank card, that they hand to their Dr on each visit. This gives the Dr immediate access to their record. They use the same card to pay for their medical costs in a clinic or blood-test lab. About 40% of the cost of any treatment is paid by the government. The rest by private insurance. But the two systems are completely linked together, and most French people choose to pay for the extra insurance cover. This means that they just flash their little green card and everything is automatically covered... This also explains why in France there is a pharmacy on just about every street corner.
But the most amazing part (for us Brits) is that the clinic or laboratory sends the results to you, the patient, with the doctor or specialist in copy. So every French citizen can pull out a folder containing their own entire medical history...
Probably way too brilliantly simple for it to ever catch on in the UK?
I asked my French girlfriend how it could possibly be so easy? She told me the answer is simple. The French are world-experts in complaining about anything and everything that their government does for them...
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Pre-Tx: AST 82, ALT 133, Viral Load 1 900 000.
Week4: AST 47, ALT 58. VL < 15 (unquantifiable).
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