For the month of April I will be blogging alphabetically with the theme of Winnipeg versus Davao City. Not to prove a winner but simply to explore the differences and similarities between my home town and my current location.
H is for Health!
|Getting shots before we left from our nurse friend.|
Winnipeg and Davao both have good doctors, lots of great Filipino nurses (Canada has been importing them for years) and pretty decent medical tech. If you have some rare disease, you may well have to travel from either place. The biggest difference is that Canadians are blessed with Universal Health Care whereas the Filipinos are not. (Unless of course they move to Canada. We play pretty loose with our life saving system.)
In Winnipeg, if I don't feel well, I can go sit in the waiting room of my doctor's clinic for a few hours, get checked out, get an Rx and be on my way. In Davao, I can probably see someone almost immediately but I'll have to pay for it. Not too much, but it will require some cash. In our case, because we remain residents of Manitoba, our health care will cover us for up to two years outside of the country.
|That yellowish building on the far right is a hospital. (See? Stretching it...) We could see three hospitals from our balcony in Winnipeg. (The Mis, HSC and St. B - for my fellow Peggers.)|
Another huge difference is that in the Philippines, you don't need a prescription. For anything. As far as I can tell... Sure pharmacies keep even the Advil behind the counter but you can ask for that and some antibiotics or whatever else they have in stock. No papers required. Some drugs here are way cheaper than in North America, some are more and some are simply not available.
Oh yeah... and every time I get bitten by a mosquito, I think I have dengue. I thought I had dengue for real this weekend but now it has devolved into more of a stomach bug so I don't know... The simplest things can make you sick if you are in a foreign place. Parents! Take your kids travelling when they are young so they can build up an immunity to everywhere!