Swine Flu: Mexican point of view
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 4:33:45 AM
I want to clarify a ver good question made by the AP people in Mexico.
Why people die for swine flu in Mexico and not in other countries?
There are two main reasons.
1. In Mexico the minimum wage is $4usd per day, so going to the doctor (private practice) is quite expensive, and social health is quite a pain in the *... so people who can afford a medicine go to the drugstore an buy something and self medicate, or in the worst case, try to cure himself with teas and infusions (chicken soup), when that doesn't work, they go to the doctor, and it is too late.
2. The public hospitals are crowded, if you are lucky you will receive attention after three hours of wait, and the attention is taken in a few minutes, where the overworked doctor ask the patient "what do you have?" and the silly patient answers "my throat hurts" so the doctors check it quickly to see it is red and give them a medicine, or tell the patient which medicine to take, which is wrong most of the time. So a lot of patients are misdiagnose, receiving medicine they don't need, and not getting well, they visit the doctor several times until he (by a stroke of luck) gives the correct diagnose, sometimes the patient died before that.
In private practice, the problem is almost the same, the doctor asks, then checks a little bit and give a medicine, that can be right or wrong, then charges you with a bill of $40.00 usd (10 days of work) or sometimes asks the patient to take a few test to find out what is the problem, gives the patient a medicine to stop the symptoms, the patient feels better because the medicine stops the symptoms and since medical studies are way to expensive he decides not to continue, after all he feels fine now.
Also I was witness of the next case, in a private hospital the nurses give the patient the wrong medicine, which cause the patient to suffer even more, and he was submitted to two surgeries and not a sign to improve, until the doctor find out the nurses were giving the wrong medicine. That hospital is the "Hospital de la Santa Cruz" in Queretaro.
In case of flu cases in my city and state, so far none, zero cases, there where 30 people who presented symptoms, but it was a common flu. Still I'm wearing a mask, cleaning my hands a lot, and not greeting people.