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Hello. I hope somebody responded to your post. I love phtograpahy too. I have a young toddler and am always snapping away.
I think that people keep to themselves wherever you are, if I take of the rosy-tinted filter. I have been living in Switzerland for 6mth now and sometimes wonder about the same thing.
I wonder if you coudl answer a questions for me. I am finding it hard to find a few things out.
Firstly, I am a GP from England and know that certain countries have different helath systems. In England it is very biased towards the GP being the gatekeeper. Referrals to specialist, Secondary Care, only occur when a problem cannot be sorted out in Primary Care. However, some countries, especially those with Private Health Systems, tend to use mainly, or exclusively, Seconary Care in the first instance. Especially with Paediatrics - children under 5years going automatically to a specialist, Paediatrician.
I am considering a move from Switzerland to the South of France. I can only do this if the Health Sevice in France also has many General Practitioners? Also, in England now the on-call/our of hours is covered by large "Co-operatives" which supports the nights when a woman needs to be at home with the children. Does France have this system too??
Also - learning the French! I am improving on the O'level but do not know how long it would be before I could cope with the detailed level of French required to treat patients?
I am currently a so-called "trailing spouse" having followed my husband to Nestle, Switzerland six months ago and given up part-time working as a GP. I am missing my work, and all the other home-sick things.
I would GREATLY appreciate it if you could throw some light on these issues. If GPS are rare in France, it would take me at least 3years to improve the French sufficiently, and maybe you are still seen as a foreigner rather than a European, etc - I think I may return to England. I dont have too long to make this big decision.
Thank you for any help that you can give me, or anybody else reading this.
It is the beautiful summers, the proximity to the coast, the outdoor cafes, the beautiful architecture and history, the ski-ing in Winter, that attract me. Once children settle in English schools it is impossible to move them. I think she, and myself, might have a better life-style in France. There is following your dreams, and living in the real world. Where they overlap ...?