March 31st, 2011 is the last day for one of our health post doctors. He hasn’t been paid by MINSA (the National Institute of Health here in Peru) for over five months, so he’s leaving. He doesn’t want to, but after five months of not getting paid, I’d be pretty pissed too.
Our town health post had two doctors which allowed coverage for attention between 9-4pm Mon-Sat plus allow to attend trainings, meetings, etc. With Dr. Rony gone, things will start to slow down even more around here as Dr. Victor also has administrative duties + can only see x amount of patients per day, and can only work so many hours a week. And while the fully (health) insured citizens of our town won’t be affected –they have their own clinic in town – the poor who are covered by the gov’t insurance only will have to wait longer to see a doctor.
And so it goes.