Health Facilities

Most physicians, particularly specialists, work long hours in public hospitals and clinics and are generally in short supply and kept tremendously busy. Some physicians have after-hours private practices.

In the private settings, appointments can often be made. In the public-practice settings, patients are often seen on a first-come, first-served basis, which may mean a long wait in a crowded hall. Check with each doctor about weekend hours and availability for house calls.

If you would like to be established as a patient with a local physician, set up a routine appointment so the doctor can get to know you before an illness or problem develops. At this time, you can also register with the clinic, which involves paperwork and a small fee. Note that the standard of care may be constrained by limited resources, time and support personnel. Some physicians may not make vital information available so it is important that you ask them the important questions.

Expatriates are sometimes charged higher fees; often double what Ghanaian patients pay. Patients are usually expected to pay in cash, often before the appointment. Insist on health care professionals using new gloves and new needles when they care for you.

Last modified on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 16:56