Marina was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease over two years ago. Her journey through this condition led her to a public healthcare surgeon in Managua, who removed her diseased thyroid in two operations a year apart. Gloria, her daughter, brought the diseased thyroid home in a plastic cup for all to see before taking it to a private clinic for a biopsy report.
I shook my head in disbelief.
What kind of pubic health system allows patients to bring a diseased body part home, then asks them to pay a private clinic for a biopsy report?
For Ron’s birthday, we decided to make a North American meal for 15 of our Nicaraguan friends and neighbors. Marina said, “My surgeon and his family are vacationing at my house for a week. Can they come, too?”
“Of course,” I replied. Again, I shook my head in disbelief.
Why would a surgeon want to spend his vacation in a humble abode of a patient instead of a fancy hotel? “Aren’t all doctors rich?” I asked Marina.
What I learned about the public healthcare system in Nicaragua will surprise you.