As you all probably know, healthcare for expats in Oman does not come for free. It has been like this for years. I know its the same in the UAE, but I'm not sure how it is in other GCC countries. Everyone has got their own point of view regarding this matter. There are supporters just as there are opposers.
This is not a new issue I'm discussing, but, it was something that came up in a phonecall I had with a very good friend of mine from Dubai. She was telling me about a young Indian lady who works in the salon she has been frequenting for years. This lady recently had a miscarriage (her third), and when she went to see the doctor, she was told she had virus in her blood and that she needed to go on some sort of medication. Because she couldn't go to a government hospital, she was forced to visit a private clinic. To see the doctor and get a consultation, she had to pay DH300. As for the medication, each pill bottle costs DH350 and is for a one month dosage only.
This woman works in a salon, making about DH1000-1050 per month exclusive of tips. Her husband is a construction worker in Dubai making slightly more than his wife. How could they be expected to pay fees like these for treatment?
Its not fair.
European or Lebanese Expats in Dubai make so much more money, to them DH350 is pocket change. How can lower class workers be expected to pay the same? Shoulnd't there be some sort of law that makes you pay for healthcare according to your income? Because that would make sense. If there is one that I haven't heard of, then I appologize for making assumptions.
What do our fellow bloggers think of this issue?