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Re: I dont suppose you've noticed

https://www.completefrance.com/living-in-france/healthcare/11-things-you-need-to-know-about-french-pharmacies-1-5148234

France looks after all its citizens - I would argue that pharmacies are underused in the UK but extra funding would need to be found from somewhere (taxing those who can afford perhaps?).

If you google OTC medicines in France you will see that it probably wont change for a while.

Don't really know the whole answer, but if massive quantities of a "drug" are used for a medicinal purpose then a doctor/pharmacist could well help. Even if it is only giving a prescription which can be reimbursed.

If over 60 then freeby in the UK.

I didn't feel ripped off last summer, though, when my GP suggested continuing with antihistamine and didn't issue a prescription for it.

Its just a different system with different priorities.

NB if using the internet dont forget to add on delivery charges.

NB2 my take on twice the price for a trademarked product is - what a rip-off.



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My name is Richard , not Dick or any variant.
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Further to Richard's post - in my previous post I implied that in France pharmacies are inclined to favour prescribed meds, because they get a bonus for each one.  Nothing for over the counter. So they put the price up.
A few years ago many pharmacies had to combine or close down when the govt. reduced the number of reimbursed meds.

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@ Teapot: LOL! If I were to attempt jogging, the effect on my nipples would be the least of my worries. I'd probably need to phone the SAMU before even setting off. In the Great British Tradition of "sitting down " sports, I'll stick to my bike😂
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Pat: A matter of semantics but they get a fee for dispensing every prescription rather than a bonus.




My name is Richard , not Dick or any variant.
Dick is a crude name for a functional organ that is used as a derogatory name. Any reference to me as Dick will be met with equivalent response. Strange that it cant be policed better.
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The number of rural and small town pharmacies has dropped sharply in the last few years as they cannot, apparently, make a living.
I suspect that the model is broken and may need revising, but how ?
Locally, medical practitioners are grouping more and more and bringing in the various related skills such as physiotherapy, so that they offer a medical range. Perhaps a pharmacy should be brought in as well so that folks could go there directly after consultation. This would cause an outcry of course.

Too thick for a PhD!
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WB: OK it was a year ago but the reference I gave from this site does address your comment.


My name is Richard , not Dick or any variant.
Dick is a crude name for a functional organ that is used as a derogatory name. Any reference to me as Dick will be met with equivalent response. Strange that it cant be policed better.
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Wools: our village pharmacy was moved to spiffy new premises and upgraded within the last five years. It is now twice the size, has its own dedicated car park, a staff of dozens and a special section for medical equipment such as walking frames and commodes. It used to be slap bang next to the doctors' surgery, it's now 50 metres away. The investment by the commune has been colossal.
Conversely, the village doctors (the remaining two) are hanging on by a thread, and the wait for an appointment is making the NHS look like the epitome of success. Like most rural cabinets, they can't persuade any new doctors on board: it might help if they priced the cost of buying into the practice at a realistic level, but I think the remaining two GP's are thought to want to wring the last pound of flesh out of the practice before they retire.
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I never could work out how most GP's could make a 'good' living. At something like 25€ a consulation and that is it. Ours always took getting on for 20minutes if not longer.

And a home visit costs 10€ extra....... not a get rich career is it.

In fact I have heard it said that in some cities GP's end up earning minimum wage.

Our french village Dr was in Devon when a member of the group he was with, took ill. He came home amazed at how much GP's earned and I think seriously thought about the move. No idea what his english was like though, he never ever spoke to me in english, which is really how it should be in France as far as I am concerned.



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