About a week ago Zamir (my oldest son) complained about his wrist hurting. I told him to apply a cold compress and let me know if it still hurts. It was over a year ago when he first broke his wrist, so this type of thing couldn’t be taken lightly. Since he was still complaining, we needed to see a doctor. I asked around and what I concluded from the responses were that we would have to visit a hospital. Apparently there are no doctor’s offices where you make an appointment and they evaluate you. There are clinics, that are usually very crowded and there are hospitals. The two hospitals I hear the most about are Al Ahli and Hamad. Hamad is public and Al Ahli is private, most commonly referred to as the expat hospital. Thank goodness we were given our medical cards last week. I am told that Al Ahli is much better. So that is where we went.
Inside is very sterile looking and cold but kind of pretty for a hospital. It favors an old mall with curvy walls and many reception areas. You can valet park for 25QAR or park for free in the garage. Needless to say, I opted for free. We followed the signs to Orthopedic and took a number from a machine. After about a 20 minute wait, our number popped up. I handed over Zamir’s medical card and Qatar ID. I had to pay 50QAR ($13.00) deductible. A little while later, his blood pressure was taken. Then we had to wait again. Ten minutes later, he was seen by a doctor. Then we were sent for x-rays. We took a number and waited again. Upon our number coming up, we had to hand in the ID cards again. Then wait. After X-rays, we were sent back to the doctor.
Thank goodness the x-rays were fine. The doctor said he probably strained it, wrote him a prescription for anti-inflammatory pills and recommended we purchase a wrist brace. No physical sports or exercise for 2 weeks. We took the prescription across the hall and had it filled for free. The whole experience took about 2 hours. Service was pretty good and all my negative anticipations were put to rest. Our first doctor’s visit here was certainly different but not bad.