Egypt’s population now exceeds 90 million, making it the most populated country in the Middle Eastern region. It is estimated that more than 200,000 expats are working and living in Egypt.
The country has a lot to offer, and is considered a fantastic place for expat life when considering cost of living, opportunities, history, and the countless leisure activities along the Nile, Red Sea and Mediterranean coastlines. However, living in Egypt can also be very stressful, as one tries to adapt to chaotic unwritten traffic rules, cultural shock, and the difficulty of finding a doctor in a new city offering reliable health care!
After overcoming accommodation issues, the cultural shock, and communication barriers, newcomers start searching for basic necessities such as education and health care. Egypt has good medical facilities, especially in Cairo and Alexandria. Public hospitals, however, have variable reputations and most expats prefer seeking medical care in the private sector.
The most problematic part of Egyptian health care facilities is fragmentation and the lack of direction, when needed, to secondary and tertiary care facilities. Unless a physician is recommended by a trusted friend or the individual is familiar with a certain hospital, the expat usually finds himself in a difficult and very frustrating situation.
“One doctor can solve this!” expats usually wonder, often from previous experience in their home countries, “where is my family doctor?” This would be a correct manner of thought, since a professional GP or a family physician is the solution to all this frustration.
By establishing a connection with a family doctor in Egypt, expats can now be reassured that there will be a continuity of medical services provided in their original countries. The family doctor will read their health record carefully to anticipate any specific situation or health need, keep it updated, and communicate with their original family doctor in professional manner.
Furthermore, many common problems can be solved at the family doctor level without the need to go to another facility. A family physician can treat acute conditions like fever, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and rash; and will manage chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid diseases, and asthma.
Family doctors will also help provide the best replacements for medications from your home country, due to their knowledge of the drugs available in the Egyptian market place. Therefore, they can provide guidance to the expat, and help them avoid medication errors and a possible delay in finding a needed prescription drug.
The family physician will also manage your vaccination plan, review vaccination history, complete catch up vaccines, and recommend the required vaccines for living in Egypt. Finally, s/he will guide you on where to go to conduct medical tests, such as blood tests and radiologic exams, review the results, and discuss a management plan.
Consider your family physician your trusted guide who can help you navigate what can sometimes be an overwhelming experience, to a pleasant journey!
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