A dozen would just be too many.

Who says that French doctors overprescribe medication?

11 boxes is normal, right?

I went to the doctor for help with my winter depression, fatigue and insomnia. That cost me 55 € just to see him, of which I’ll probably be reimbursed about 20 €. Then I went to the pharmacy to get the prescriptions, which totaled 67 €. Only one of those boxes above was reimbursed by la sécu and it cost less than 4 € in the first place.  Health insurance is good in France, but sometimes it sure isn’t cheap.

  • Frankofile

    Oh Jennie – I’m so sorry you’re feeling low and hope that the medicines help. I guess sometimes chocolate and a duvet just aren’t enough. Warm hugs from a bit of blogland in Brittany.

  • Frankofile

    Oh Jennie – I’m so sorry you’re feeling low and hope that the medicines help. I guess sometimes chocolate and a duvet just aren’t enough. Warm hugs from a bit of blogland in Brittany.

  • http://maladroite.wordpress.com/ maladroite

    Hope you feel better! I know I’ve been down because of this weather. I had a cold the other week, and went to the doctor just to have an arrêt de travail, since I knew I just had a virus, and walked out with prescriptions for five medications- for a cold! I didn’t pick up any of them.

  • http://maladroite.wordpress.com maladroite

    Hope you feel better! I know I’ve been down because of this weather. I had a cold the other week, and went to the doctor just to have an arrêt de travail, since I knew I just had a virus, and walked out with prescriptions for five medications- for a cold! I didn’t pick up any of them.

  • http://www.kassique.blogspot.com/ Dawn

    Sorry you are feeling down, hope you soon feel better. Feb is a horrid month but Spring around the corner. Confused you had to pay at pharmacy. I have never handed over a penny and I need some medication every month.

    Dawns last blog post..Feels like Spring!

  • http://www.kassique.blogspot.com Dawn

    Sorry you are feeling down, hope you soon feel better. Feb is a horrid month but Spring around the corner. Confused you had to pay at pharmacy. I have never handed over a penny and I need some medication every month.

    Dawns last blog post..Feels like Spring!

  • http://www.confituredulait.blogspot.com/ Karina

    do you have a mutuelle? that should have helped…

    Karinas last blog post..sand dunes

  • http://www.confituredulait.blogspot.com Karina

    do you have a mutuelle? that should have helped…

    Karinas last blog post..sand dunes

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ Kim

    I have so many boxes of medication in my cupboard!!

    Hope you feel better soon!!

    Kims last blog post..I love this photo

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ Kim

    I have so many boxes of medication in my cupboard!!

    Hope you feel better soon!!

    Kims last blog post..I love this photo

  • http://www.soyezlabienvenuechezmoi.blogspot.com/ Dedene

    Have you had your Vitamin D level checked? Yes, take the magnesium, that should help.
    I have always been horrified at how over medicated we are in France.

    Feel better soon!

    Dedenes last blog post..Meeting David the Charcutier

  • http://www.soyezlabienvenuechezmoi.blogspot.com Dedene

    Have you had your Vitamin D level checked? Yes, take the magnesium, that should help.
    I have always been horrified at how over medicated we are in France.

    Feel better soon!

    Dedenes last blog post..Meeting David the Charcutier

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    @Karina: My mutuelle only covered the Microval. I don’t know why none of the others were covered. Maybe because they’re more “natural/homeopathic” type medicine? It’s mostly vitamins, really.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    @Karina: My mutuelle only covered the Microval. I don’t know why none of the others were covered. Maybe because they’re more “natural/homeopathic” type medicine? It’s mostly vitamins, really.

  • http://www.edgeoftheforest.wordpress.com/ Andrea

    I am happy to find your blog! I had to respond to this post because it’s so funny – I went to a French dr. for the first time last month and was shocked that he just gave me several meds, all for different illnesses, instead of, you know, running a test to see which one I needed… so now I have a bunch of unused antibiotics left over in my cabinets (I wasn’t going to take all of them! It was crazy!) Hmm…

  • http://www.edgeoftheforest.wordpress.com Andrea

    I am happy to find your blog! I had to respond to this post because it’s so funny – I went to a French dr. for the first time last month and was shocked that he just gave me several meds, all for different illnesses, instead of, you know, running a test to see which one I needed… so now I have a bunch of unused antibiotics left over in my cabinets (I wasn’t going to take all of them! It was crazy!) Hmm…

  • http://www.franceprofonde.blogspot.com/ Betty C.

    I’ll never forget my first visit to the doctor’s in France, back when I was a student here, and how surprised I was by the quantity of medicine I got. A lot of drugs have been reduced to “non-reimbursable” status, though. I have mixed feelings about that — I think the French system needs to find a “healthy” balance, I guess.

    Betty C.s last blog post..Holiday in Waikiki

  • http://www.franceprofonde.blogspot.com Betty C.

    I’ll never forget my first visit to the doctor’s in France, back when I was a student here, and how surprised I was by the quantity of medicine I got. A lot of drugs have been reduced to “non-reimbursable” status, though. I have mixed feelings about that — I think the French system needs to find a “healthy” balance, I guess.

    Betty C.s last blog post..Holiday in Waikiki