Saturday, 15 July 2017
Health in the wop wops
K and I went for a scan the other day across on the village of Galatas. A private doctor. We got an appointment for two days later, in the afternoon, so we could avoid the worst of the heat.
Waiting time at the surgery - 5 minutes
Cost of a full scan - 10 euros
Cost of 2 tickets on the ferry boat - 2 euros
Coming back on the car ferry I tripped and fell. Thankfully I landed on my knees and didn't make too much of a spectacle of myself. After being hauled back up again I discovered to my astonishment (complete bewilderment) that one of my fingers was bent way out of place.
Later I was so annoyed I did not take a photo . In fact I couldn't stop looking at the darn finger. How could it be bent to such a bizarre angle? Photos were not not on my mind at that moment. I've 'done a Rachel' and attempted to show it in a drawing.
The car ferry hadn't sailed at this point so we quickly disembarked and five minutes later I was at the Local (Regional) Health Centre.
There is always a doctor on duty whatever the time of day or night. On a Friday evening there were no other patients and the Doctor saw me immediately.
The nice young man took the finger and pulled. 30 seconds of acute pain and I heard something click into place. Obviously not broken but I'll have the finger strapped up for three weeks while the tendons/sinew/tissues, whatever is inside, take time to heal.
All nice and neat and on the way to recovery
Time waiting for treatment - 0 minutes
Cost - 0 euros
No complaints about the health system on this Greek island. We do have national insurance (social security) but as far as I know even tourists coming here for first aid pay nothing.
The doctor advised me to come back on Monday for an x-ray.
Cost of the x-ray - will be 0 euros
On a Monday morning I will probably have to wait an hour to have the x-ray and another hour to show it to the doctor.
The Centre will be full of patients from Galatas, Poros and outlying villages so while I'm waiting I'll learn all the latest gossip, good advice on goats, tomatoes and predicitons for this years olive crop. I'll also end up being related to two or three of them. The oldies always ask who/where/what and are keenly interested in all your most personal details.
We are lucky to have such good care round the clock. For more serious cases emergency treatment is given and an ambulance takes the patient to the nearest hospital, just over an hour way.
There were about ten stray dogs outside the Centre, very tame dogs. They are well looked after by the staff and neighbours. I didn't take a photo of the dogs either.