Quack Quack, Is the Doctor in?
By the time it was the turn of my “token”, I felt that the heavily coughing guy next to me could very well go back without visiting the doctor, because he would have coughed so much that his “disease” would have spread to so many people around him, that he would be left with none !
The first ten minutes of my visit would be spent on social discussions like my studies, my family, the runs i scored in that evening’s cricket match(he lives in the same colony) etc. So, by the time he starts the actual medical investigation, the symptoms would all have magically vanished that i would be left looking like a fool with all my complaints.
So, are my experiences with Cyprus doctors any better? Well, they are definitely more interesting. Cyprus doesn’t have a medical college and for the matter of fact, there aren’t many for other disciplines too. A good quality professional education is definitely not a thing of high priority for Cypriots, as most of the country directly or indirectly relies on tourism. Everyone who studies in a Cyprus college would be studying in a college which is in the top ten list of Cyprus!
There is a general physician pretty “famous” with Amdocs employees because he is one of the few who accept our insurance claim forms directly without a need for paying a fee. Vidhya was having a headache with fever, cold etc. So, we go to this doctor. He asks hundreds of very related questions like “Do you have dogs at your workplace?”, “Did you have a similar headache at exactly the same time last year?” and so on. Then she was taken to the “examining” room where there were examinations of the nose, eyes and mouth for around 10 mins. Finally, he gave the conclusion (almost with drums in the background) “Vidhya, you have common cold” !! When we get ready to leave his clinic, he comes all the way to the front door, says “goodbye”, “keep in touch” .Of all the people, you are the last one i want to keep in touch!
Few weeks back, we had been to an “allergy specialist” because Vidhya had been reacting very badly (started sneezing) whenever i went within a few feet of her! This guy looked a thorough professional, took out a piece of paper and started writing Vidhya’s biography (same set of very related questions). Then, he said that he needed few minutes time to analyse what he had written to arrive at a conclusion.
Few minutes later he said “You have three main problems: sneezing, swollen nose, dry eyes. Of the three which would you like to be cured ?” !!! I hope this guy hadn’t done his education from Tamil Nadu State board where you have a choice to write either your name or your friend’s name on the answer sheet.
But, the best part about a visit to a doctor in Cyprus is something else. Imagine the frustration you would go through while waiting for your turn back in India. Here, the clinics have loads of celebrity magazines stacked for you to spend time reading. Well, most of these magazines, back in India, would have been banned! So, while Vidhya is sneezing away next to me, I am like “Poor Angelina Jolie, she doesn’t even have money to buy a full set of clothes!”