What country did you go to?I had some very bad blood test results which needed further investigation. Since, I didn't even get the appointment letter (3-4 months after getting the results from GP), I decided to go to what you would consider a third world country, for a medical check-up.
In 2 weeks while I stayed there, I saw 4 consultants, had an MRI, chest X-Ray, abdominal ultrasound, colonoscopy (they were looking for neoplasms since the blood anomaly could have been reactive - a cancer side effect), bone marraow biopsy, got a diagnosis and also a treatment for my disease. Usually all the appointments were made in the same week.
After coming home, the appointment letter to see a hematologist in Dublin also arrived, and the appointment is somewhere at the end of 2017, 1 year and 3 month after the blood test results.
So I wonder, which one of the countries has the better outcome?
But you're right, you can't compare our health system to a 3rd world country. It's a long way for Ireland to get there.