It pisses doctors off when they get people taking up their time cos they have a cold or a cough and theres nothing they can relly do about it. My uncle is a GP and he told me that since the wave of Polish immigration to the UK he is swamped with Poles coming to him with colds and coughs, and bringing their children who have a cold.
I think welshguy has a valid point. GP surgeries only have so many appointments a day and if you keep booking appointments for such things as coughs and colds then it is clogging up the system.
Something Justysias said made me wonder if the difference in cultures may be to blame also.
i've been going to the doctors more often in UK than i used to in Poland, because even if i don't really have a health issue and just wanna talk to the doctor about something they will not make me feel like i wasted their time,
Basically if you don't have a health issue it is far better not to book an appointment with your GP , thus freeing the appointments for someone who is sick ?
Do people pay for GP appointments in Poland ? Just wondering why you would go to see your GP if you don't have a health issue ?
blame your government.
I don't think most people think like that and of course if you are working in the UK longer term , you are of course entitled to similar benefits. But we have been actively discouraged from going to see a GP for non health issues, minor ailments etc etc. So I wonder <as I said before> if it is a cultural difference ? Like in Poland people are used to going and chatting to their local Doctor , whereas here we are not encouraged to take up a valuable appointment if we do not have a health issue that needs looking at.
Just a thought!