01 December 2013
Ghana mostly sucks so far!
I am in my fourth week here and still do not know yet exactly how many fractures I have. I now need a CT scan of my hand and wrist, but the hospital bureaucracy is abysmal. The last CT scan I had of my neck took over 11 days to get the results. I had a new complete cast put on my hand/arm last week and will have it for between six and fourteen weeks, depending on the CT scan ... if I ever get it.
The hospital, doctors, police, and people on the street are more interested in getting my money that providing good service. I have been to the hospital nine times and spent about 50 hours there, mostly waiting for service. I had two different days where I was there for 11 hours. They "lost" my file and could not give any service until a new one was created, which took days.
There are two prices for everything here. One for the Oburoni (white person) and a much cheaper one for the black man. This discrimination in a country is not so unusual from my experience in 92 countries, but it is much more pervasive here.
Fortunately, I have met some nice people here, especially the insurance people from the car that caused my wreck. They are paying for my medical care and repair of my bike, but not for hotel nor food nor taxi fares to/from the hospital. Even if I could ride, I believe that the frame is bent and should be totaled. I may just leave it here and get out of here.
Sure wish I had medical coverage that includes medivac to get me to decent care! I will not travel again without it.