I KNEW I would be able to rely on readers of the site when I asked for the experience of people who receive diabetic treatment in France.
A question had been left on the forum from a couple who were looking to move to the Dordogne, it was the husband who had type 2 diabetes and the question asked if he would receive regular check ups and be covered by the health system.
Joyce C Mayer wrote that she and her husband had moved to France in 2004 and that the doctor keeps an eye on him and that his medication is covered 100 per cent.
Others wrote about the six monthly checks, as well as the thorough examinations undertaken, also a reader advised buying a small device that allows people to take a reading of their own levels themselves.
I also received a message from a reader who had a medical background and now lives in the south west of France, that I thought I'd produce in full below:
I find the system here is much better than the attention paid to me in the UK. I receive regular blood tests as well as attending the diabetic clinic at Perigueux Hospital.
This lasts all day with all blood tests, ECG, X-rays and reflexes tested as well as a consultation with a dietician. It is all conducted in French of course, as are the three half hour lectures.
They also like you to receive regular dental treatment and eye tests. Your reader needs to register with the CPAM and with a local doctor who will refer him onto the clinic. He will see that interim blood tests are carried out.
Usually you get a prescription for three monthly treatments and see the doctor for a renewal. Diabetics can register for 100% reimbursement of the prescription costs for those items specifically for diabetes and it is of course wise to have a top up Mutual Insurance for other treatments.
Once again thanks to everyone for writing in and offering their advice and experiences.