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  • To tjja tjja;
    • Lik L:ik Doc
      Posted Dec 25, 2010 8:25 PM

      What a load of corn your trying to spin into bananas. The rural majority are all forgotten, they have to walk up and down mountains for days before they get to their health centre, which isnt stocked at all. I'd be surprised if you had even been passed Moresby City limits, because just outside you can see the wieght of their struggle. Ive gone to the bush of Goilala, and seen the rugged landscape and the single access point of Fane Airstrip, the rocky climb to the health centre that is almost as precarious as the illnesses they seek treatment for.

      Here is one more reason the PMC is not a good idea at this time; Pacific International Hospital and Paradise Private Hospital, some private clinics and surgeries; provide terrible "gateway" care, that is emergency and outpatient care. I work at the PMGH 'Gateway' and though you may belittle us, we provide care as best we can with what little the Government provides us with. The point being that i have seen literally hundreds of cases where patients are not properly assessed and a bled dry of cash before being punted on to us. Some misdiagnoses are correctable, but some are infuriating, and dangerous. If you want a PMC to make money, will it provide the same type of 'Money-faced' care? A substandard money machine with no heart or soul?

      Now the PMC is supposed to have outside experts from various fields, it is supposed to do transplants, cardiac bypass surgery, take care of critically ill patients who need ventilators, provide experts on diseases and illnesses that are not seen else where. Breaking it down; Transplants, where will the organs come from? Health donors are hard to come by, family members need to be genetically matched, we'll need to send samples overseas, will there be enough blood to transfuse, will the supply of immunosuppressive drugs last the life time of the patient, will they be available? Cardiac bypass surgery more of the same. Ventillators, very expensive machines and very high intensity care, one nurse per machine, etc, etc. But the main concern is, will patients be kept on the ventillator because they need it or because they are paying for it?

      To conclude, the PMC will sap the finances of the country, it will remove the doctors from the wards of the Provincial Hospitals and Port Moresby General Hospital, it will increase the urban drift and will cause a total collapse of the PNG Health Care System as it stands. No PMC is not a good idea at the moment.
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