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Who kills pregnant Georgian women?2009-12-23 18:03
A third pregnant woman has died in Georgia because of A/H1N1: it was too late when she visited a doctor. Still, no one seems to care why the Georgians have to resort to self-treatment at home. The reason is the health care liberalization policy promoted by Saakshvili's government in order to get rid of social problems.
The 18-year-old Sopo Ioseliani died in Kutaisi because of double pneumonia which developed after she caught A/H1N1.
Such tragedy has happened for the third time already. Two more pregnant women died before. On the whole, seven people have died in Georgia because of A/H1N1 complications. According to the doctors, the reason for all the legal cases is that the patients appeal for medical help too late.
Well, why do the patients take time to come to a polyclinic, even pregnant women? The government has made the reception of patients who are ill with A/H1N1 free of charge and the hospital treatment, as Deputy Minister of Labor, Health Care and Social Protection Nikoloz Pruieze has promised, is 20 percent co-sponsored, or even, in some cases, 40 percent.
To my mind, the answer to this question is not the Georgians' ignorance but poverty, which makes medical treatment in Georgia an unaffordable pleasure. During the latest 20 years the people have totally lost the habit of visiting a doctor, for it is too expensive and inefficient.
GeorgiaTimes has already described in detail they way the Georgian doctors help each other earn money, sending their patients in turn to their colleagues. Eventually, the patients spend their scarce savings on treatment, going into new debts. The illness remains, while the belief in medicine is killed.
Why do such things happen? It looks like the reason lies with the political aspect. In exchange for lavish credits extended by the West, Georgia took the way of transformations imposed upon it. This was done according to Milton Freedman's economical shock doctrine described by an American Naomi Klein.
Using the social shocks, such as wars and revolutions in Georgia, a bunch of power-holders appropriates the lion's share of social funds, giving the international corporations an opportunity to do so as well, thus getting the better of the overwhelming majority.
Public goods previously guaranteed by the state are replaced by the "new economy" built solely upon the "market" principles. Besides, moneymakers are given complete control over both education and health care. Polyclinic, hospitals, and health centers - all these facilities become private. A month ago, even the Tbilisian republican hospital was put up for sale by the Georgian authorities.
However, only the select few may now fully enjoy medical services. The rest of the people are becoming half-slaves, whose trade-union rights are brought down to a minimum and who simply have no money for education and medical treatment.
Any attempts to resist the situation are cut short by the police. The voice of the opposition melts in the broadcasting demagogy of the ruling majority who has seized power by way of fraud under the slogans of taking care of people.