Photo Dominic Sansoni via World Bank Photos (I’m assuming he gave permission).
My earliest memory of a government hospital was of going to get my allergy shots. On the hospital bed next to me there was a dead kid covered in a sheet. I was freaked out but my mother told me to tough up and stop being such a puss. Not in those words. At all. But yeah. Nowadays I go to private hospitals, and pay out the bloody nose, though I’m not sure quite why. Are government hospitals so bad?
Wanni has a pretty comprehensive blog post on the subject:
Not many of us have pleasant memories of government hospitals in Sri Lanka. The congestion, uncleanliness, impolite staff, minor staff asking bribes are some of the menaces to mention that prevail in the government hospital system.
But of late, there are some improvements in the public hospitals. Cleanliness comes first to my notice. Though the cleanliness level is bit to be desired, it has improved remarkably during last few years. The cleaning staff does their duty unlike during the old days and the doctors and nurses too are very particular about cleanliness of the wards. Toilets too are better than what they used to be.
Removing security checks after the war was over is a great relief. Earlier we needed a pass to see a patient and our belongings were checked before we took them inside. This is not seen anymore. (Government Hospitals In Sri Lanka)
For things like dengue or emergency care I think government hospitals are the best. Also, regarding dengue, if you feel feverish and extra shite please report to a hospital and check. There is a serious outbreak now and it’s killed two kids my age, healthy dudes. My cousin’s (Dammin’s) two kids also got while I was in China and the family was terrified.
Basically, if it’s something that’s killing you immediately, go to national hospital, if it’s killing you slow then I guess private. I dunno. Maybe government is good for everything. I still haven’t had a medical situation that encouraged trying something new, but perhaps things have changed. For more, including actual first-hand insight, read Wanni’s blog.