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Health care very different in France

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I am back and at work on my paying job and also at my volunteer job at the center and the bakery. Whew!

There have been so many things to think of since my return. I have mulled over family, festivals, and foods since returning to my beloved home community.

Week before last I told a little about food in France and last week I talked about the Chestnut Festival. This week I wanted to talk about some remarkable differences in health care in France and health care here. Oh what a difference it must make in the lives of families to have the sort of health care I saw provided in France.

My host has a fear of heights and had trouble with a trip we took across Pine Mountain when she was here earlier this year. She could not walk onto an overlook on the mountain because of her phobia.

I wondered at the time how she could fly from place to place. So while with her I found out she takes and anti-anxiety medicine when she has to fly. She told me her prescription costs over $1,000 in the States. The same prescription in France costs her just $3. When I saw that I ask “how can this be?”

I met many folks in France who were British, Belgian, and American. All of them talked about the greatness of the health care system in France. They all wait to fill prescriptions in France when they are elsewhere.


Maternity leave is yet another area where France excels in my way of thinking. My paying job I do for a living is in early childhood education.

I have studied bonding between family and infant extensively. Without bonding to a caregiver the child does not thrive well and the family is affected as well.

I have always thought it was very hard on the bonding process in the U.S. The U.S. guarantees moms nothing in terms of maternity leave.

Twenty-five years ago President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, which included a provision giving eligible workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a new child. What about ineligible moms? Does that mean they don’t even get unpaid leave?

In France it is mandatory to take at least eight weeks of leave time when a child is born. However, women are allowed up to 16 weeks, which usually is up to 6 weeks before the birth and 10 weeks after.

Doctors still make house calls in France. Nurses come out to your home if you need things like injections or IV therapy. Home visits are $15.

The villages have small doctors’ offices. I was reminded of the doctors’ offices and house calls of the coal camps in the past. Hemphill had a resident doctor and there was a hospital at Fleming. It seems hard to comprehend the way things are now.

I went to a dinner party in France and the nurse was there giving an insulin injection and monitoring the blood sugar levels of the man of the house. At first I thought he must be very sick but later found out it was routine to do so in France.

I think the government, the insurance companies, and the pharmaceutical companies are stacking the deck against us here in America.

See the listing below for the energy efficiency workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29. MACED is coming out to help us. You can see more about it on the MACED Facebook page.

Don’t forget to come and hang out with us at the center when you can. We have WiFi now so kids and adults are better satisfied not being cut off from their electronic devices.

We also have a playground and a walking track so bring the whole family and visit us. It’s a hate free zone and you are invited! Come and linger among friends!

Weekly Quote: Caring is the ultimate competitive advantage. Ron Kendrick

Schedule of Events:

Oct. 25: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 26: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Friday Night Pickin’ with The Right Fork Ramblers at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 27: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 pm

Oct. 28: Shape Note Singing 2- 5 pm

Oct. 29: Energy Efficiency Workshop with MACED. Light refreshments will be served so come a bit early please. 2 p.m.

Oct. 30: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

John Ng’s Martial Arts

Oct. 31: Halloween Safe Night 5 – 8 p.m.

Friday Nite Pickin’: Children get in free when accompanied by an adult. Open mic at intermission. Family friendly environment.

Inclement weather policy: Check our Facebook page for cancellations. Cancellations will be posted at least two hours before any scheduled events.

For more info on events and catering: 971-86-SHEEP, or 971-867-4337

Hemphill Community Center is located at the old Hemphill Grade School building at 2514 Hwy. 317, Jackhorn, KY 41825.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:21-23

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