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Friday, 20 February, 2009

Day 55 — I can’t believe I’ve been here this long already.

One of the most fascinating things I’ve witnessed here is the workforce. I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again.

It is, quite frankly, astounding. It seems like everyone has a job…everyone! Of course, while I was at the hospital with Colin (I will update on him later) I noticed the groundskeepers…I chuckled to myself that there were 3 people to mow the lawn — one pulled the old as dirt lawnmower and 2 to push it. Eventually the one pulling also was the guy who dumped out the grass when the basket got full. I noticed that, say as in back in the US/UK, there was one person who would handle a job, but here it’s 3 people. While it’s wonderful to see people gainfully employed, mistakes are made along the way, n’est-ce pas?

I think labor is so cheap here, it’s amazing. At the hospital, there was one person to sweep the floors, another to mop, another to change bed linens, another to bring food, yet another to bring drinks…it was amazing at the rotating staff for a single room. Oh, there was also a different nurse to take Colin’s temperature, blood pressure,etc.

About Colin’s stay — he had a staph infection. 🙁 Luckily, it’s been taken care of, but he is on the last bit of antibiotics, then he will be good.

So…he was there for a week and the whole cost of stay including meds, internet connection, etc? The princely sum of 20,000 rupees…roughly about $400. I nearly fainted at the cheapness…and because he was admitted on the same day of his doctor visit, insurance kicked in. We used our health insurance card from the US and that money was taken from the card, but we will have a check ready and waiting for us on MONDAY! Imagine that…

I am just floored at how well and quickly things worked here, despite the bureaucracy of it all…and surgeries, hospital stays, medicine is so cheap, it’s no wonder that the US health insurance companies send patients here for their procedures.

I am very impressed!

Day 57
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