Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Experts in Diagnostic Imaging-And Improvization. (News)

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Experts in Diagnostic Imaging-And Improvization. (News)

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Gabrielle Lofthouse is a half-Argentine fifth year medical student at Guy's, King's and St Thomas's School of Medicine, Kings College, London. She was shocked by the summer she spent this year, after the economic collapse, at the Department of Endocrinological Medicine in a major hospital in Buenos Aires. She told the Bulletin:

The greatest contrast is between the very basic facilities that the doctors here are forced to work with and their very high level of clinical knowledge.

Doctors here have no easy access to hi-tech imaging or diagnostic methods, and due to the very weak peso they can no longer afford to maintain what equipment they do have, as it is mostly imported. So they have been forced back upon basic clinical history and examination techniques--and they are quickly becoming extremely skilful at it.

I too had to become an expert, in the matter of the `Obra Social', the health insurance system of Argentina, which is extremely important in determining what treatment each patient is entitled to receive.

Argentinians, if they are lucky, are members or a health insurance scheme or `Obra Social' supported by their employers; for example there is an Obra Social for teachers, another for government employees etc. But membership relies on personal contributions to the scheme, and due to the severe economic problems here at the moment, many people are no longer able to pay their membership and so no longer have health cover. …

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