As I mentioned Egypt is very different and that includes health. My daughter (18 months at the time) got sick a couple of days after we got to Egypt. She couldn't keep anything down and was very lethargic. We took her to a Children's Hospital. Well to them it was a hospital. To us it was more like a busy dr's office, only 1 doctor, no triage. You went in, gave the kid's name, paid (50 Egyptian LE which is less than $10 American and that was one of the more expensive ones believe it or not) and waited to see the Dr. When we finally went in, it was this room with a desk for the Dr, an exam table, an old baby scale and not much else. The Dr asked what was going on, took a quick peek at her then wrote down the meds he wanted her to get. One of them was an injection to stop the vomiting. Then we had to take the names of the meds downstairs to the pharmacy. The pharmacy gave us the meds, including the shot and we had to take it back upstairs and give it to the nurse ourselves so he could give it to Dd. It was very different.
Also, you don't need a prescription there. If you go to the Dr they may write down the names but it isn't a prescription. And you can walk into a pharmacy and get meds yourself. The pharmacists also attend med school and you can walk in, tell them the problem and they'll give you something. They don't sell bandaids/bandages otc in boxes. You have to ask for them and they'll give you a couple at a time. They also don't have otc pregnancy tests. You have to go to a Dr for an exam if you suspect you're pregnant.
And, this is disturbing, drs will perform procedures and surgeries without anesthesia if the patient or their parents can't afford it. A 2 year old cousin had an issue while we were there. They said it was a hernia, and would need surgery. It was located near her ovary. The day she went for surgery the Dr said he wasn't even sure that's what it was, they were basing it all on her mother's description. No tests, nothing. Odd right?
These are just some of the differences.
on Aug. 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM