Asistencia Sanitaria en la Republica Dominicana es bastante dura en comparacion con los Estados Unidos.
The above picture is from a voluntary health clinic I worked at in the Dominican Republic during the summer of 2009.
While going to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2009, I wasn’t sure at what to expect. What I saw when I got there, exceeded all expectations. We were taking a doctor along with us on the trip, and we were going to set up a clinic in the village so he could see people that desperately needed healthcare. Since I had previously completed my CNA, I knew I would be helping in the clinic, and could not wait to see what it was like compared to the United States.
After we had gotten things all set up, people were lined out the door waiting to see us. Pregnant women, women with babies and small children, elderly, and just people of any age were waiting to be treated for just about anything one could think of. We had a translator, because not a single one of the patients could speak decent english. Healthcare in the D.R. is very scarce, especially in Cielo, which was where we were set up at. There is an emergency center in the capital, Santo Domingo, but outside the capital it is very limited to nonexistent.
In America, I am used to walking right into a doctor’s office, being seen and treated immediately, and then be on my way. The patients we were seeing in the Dominican were scared of us. They did not like the fact that we had to touch them and use instruments such as a blood pressure cuff. These were things they had never seen before, foreign objects to them. Some people wouldn’t let us treat them, they were so scared they would rather just walk out. I remember the doctor specifically telling me that it was dangerous giving them medicine. He said most of them did not understand simple instructions, such as they had to take one pill twice a day.
It just seems crazy to think that Americans basically live off of pills, and citizens of the Dominican don’t even know how to properly take them. The water in the Dominican Republic is also unsafe to drink, which can cause many problems. I feel like we take advantage of our healthcare in the US, although a lot of people might not agree with the policies we have here, at least we have the healthcare that we do have.
^This website also has some information on the healthcare in the D.R.