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Doctors still struggling for decent conditions

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Thu, 01/11/2012 - 3:10pm
Very little is spent by the government on health care (5.7% of total government expenditure). While private expenditure (from people's own hard earned cash) on health care is higher than what the goverment pays. Thousands of medical graduates every year are introduced to a difficult job market where they have few options. They can either work in the public health sector, work in private only, work abroad or leave medicine. Few are lucky to be appointed by university hospitals and this is very favourable because it ensures a better career in the private sector (yet the free sections of the university hospitals are in a very bad shape.)

(Photo from today's protest which is part of the continued doctors' strike that the government is happy to continue ignoring.)
Those who join the public health sector and work with the ministry of health receive very little pay, education and training, will have to work without vital equipment or outdated ones, enormous workload, very little personal and professional satisfaction and possibly will have to work in the afternoon in a private job to try to make ends meet. You can be paid what's equivelant to 45 USD after 3 or 4 more years of graduation or 100 USD if you spent your lifetime

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