Yesterday, I waited for three (3) hours (in the Emergency Room no less!) for a doctor to look at my bothersome knee which I aggravated last Saturday. I originally went to the OPD but I was referred to the ER because the injury I sustained is just recent (less than a week). In the ER, I waited three hours for a 10-minute consultation with a doctor who does not really inspire confidence and talks as if you cannot comprehend what he’s talking about.
The former I can understand – probably because of low pay and inexperience – I’m not really a paying customer so I can’t complain. His advice of rest and immobilization are sound though and I appreciate that.
The latter though, is the one I took offense for. I believe that everybody should be afforded dignified medical care irregardless of their economic status.
During my three hours of stay at the ER, people came in droves – some of them with open wounds, some of them with hands or feet in unusual positions – and they have to wait before a nurse/doctor attend to them. They have to wait with whatever condition they are in on the hard monobloc benches and they have to take self-prescription drugs for the pain and they still have to wait. Oh yes, they have to wait!
It’s really sad, these guys have nowhere else to go and it’s either they wait or go home and silently endure the pain.