Sunday, January 18, 2009
Third-World Class Healthcare
The MFO, being small, has limited healthcare options. Essentially, the same as a small-town clinic. So if a soldier needs a specialized exam or doctor, the go to hospitals in either Israel or Egypt. If you're used to the American healthcare system, you'll quickly realize not everybody has the same standard. Israel has good hospitals and providers, but has a "suck it up and drive on" mentality towards patients. Blunt, but geared towards patching people up and getting them on their way. Egypt has a "why are you bothering me, why don't you shut up and go away" mentality. Which is why I wasn't surprised that once again, I've received a bundle of MRI exams on CD which have multiple patient names and exams mixed up. Open the exam up on the computer, it gives the patient name and exam description. As you scroll through the images, I get to see the correct exam, then someone else's partial exam, the correct exam, then a third person's partial exam. I can't decide it it's simply apathy on the staff's part, or incompetence. Egypt is not the place to be seriously ill.