There is an explanation for the short Monday Market Clinic day. Ghana has in the past few years introduced a national health insurance scheme and encouraged everyone to sign up, though it is not mandatory. The insurance covers all medical care rendered at a clinic or hospital, covering consultation, labs, medications, admissions and surgery. For the past 8-9 months hospitals have not been paid for services provided under the insurance scheme. As a result, all mission hospitals have announced that they will not be taking insurance and patients must pay cash for any treatment they receive. As a result few patients have felt they can afford to come to the hospital. And so we had a light day.
And since not many are willing to pay for elective surgery, we only have 3 cases scheduled for tomorrow.
I hope to be able to get some more pictures to post over the next few days.
|Ladies on the way to market|