Public hospital in Montevideo/ ウルグアイの国立病院

September 6, 2017 — Leave a comment

Following the first visit to Uruguay, I was taken care of by Uruguay’s hospital for 2 times.

At the first time, I had a long cold before going on a trip, so I had to go for long journey with bad condition. And I arrived in Uruguay though a total of over 30 hours of transit, but I could’t remove air from my right ear on my plane, because my nose was clogged. So I got empyema. I refused to go to the hospital because I didn’t have overseas travel insurance but I imagined If the symptoms get worse and more severe, I wouldn’t enjoy my trip and the worst case, I wouldn’t be able to return to Canada. So I decided to go to a hospital.

Turning around a lot of hospitals, when I said that I don’t have any insurance, they taught me to go to the emergency at a public university hospital.

When I arrived at the emergency of University hospital (Hospital de Clinicas Dr.Manuel Quintela), I showed my passport, and told them that I don’t have any insurance or anything. Following the instruction of receptionist, I sat for the time and waited. I was so worried how much the cost is gonna be…

Wait about 30 minutes, I was called and I entered an examining room. There were 4 or 5 young weman were waiting for me I was surprised Do I need 4 or 5 doctor’s for my cold symptoms? But one of them was a doctor and others were practicum university students at the emergency. One person listened to my symptoms and that person explained to the other four people the symptoms, teaching how to write the chart, there were kinda nice people. It took times they filing out the chart and trying to find a thermometer. So while I was waiting for the procedure, I could have a chat with some of them.

And they told me the consultation fee is free! In Uruguay, consultation fee is free at public hospitals, even for foreigners!  Additionally they told me, the tuition of public university is all free for Uruguay citizens, even medical or low school. I truly thought Uruguay is a wonderful country.

By the way, the most of the medical students could speak English well, but the receptionist at the public hospital and others couldn’t.

第1回ウルグアイ訪問に続き、今回の第2回でもウルグアイの病院に世話になった。
第1回目の時は、渡航前から長い風邪を引いていて、完治しないままフライトに乗ることになってしまった。そして、2回乗り継ぎの、トータルで30時間以上の渡航時間をかかってウルグアイに到着したのだが、飛行機で鼻が詰まっているせいで右の耳抜きが出来ず、そこから蓄膿症になってしまった。僕は海外旅行保険なんて入っていなくて病院に行くことを拒んでいたのだけど、あまりにも症状が酷くて、最悪カナダに帰れなくなるかもと思い、自腹覚悟で病院に行った。
何軒か多い病院を回って、行く先々で保険も何も入ってないというと、公共大学病院のエマージェンシーを教えてくれて、そこにたどり着いた。
着いてパスポートを見せて、保険など何も入ってないと言うと、とりあえず座って待っててとのこと。
待つこと30分、診察室に入ると4、5人態勢で若いお姉さんたちが。こんなに自分の風邪の症状にドクターいるのか?と思ってよくよく聞くと、彼女らはそこの付属の大学病院の学生で、ドクターに付いて、エマージェンシーで実習をしているとのこと。1人が僕の症状を聞いて、その人が他の4人にその症状を説明して、カルテの書き方を教えていて、なんだか和気藹々としていてすごくいい人達だった。
色々話を出来て、何よりも、そこはウルグアイの国立大学病院だから、診察日は全ての外国人無料!それを聞いた時は、ウルグアイは素晴らしいと思った。
そして、ウルグアイの市民は、公立の大学であれば、医学でも法律でも、大学の授業料タダだと。そういったところは本当に素晴らしいと思う。
ちなみに、医学生の見習いドクター達は英語が上手だったけど、受付や他の病院を回った時は全然英語は通じなかった。
Emergency of Public University hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay
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