Primary Health Care

"Sorry, what is primary health care?" came the question from the man on the other side of the line. As a prospective client for our primary health care services, he wanted to know what we were doing and I had to explain. And I did.

I have been fortunate to speak with a whole spectrum of clients, from the skeptics to genuinely interested. There was a client who bluntly told me he did not believe in providing primary health care at the workplace, because he believed if his employees were sick they should go via what he called the correct procedures and go the hospital. I wonder why he had this reservation, perhaps he did not want to accept any liability for any treatment problems with a primary health care clinic on site. Another client sang a different tune. She wanted to know how the mobile clinic service costs for her 300 strong workforce that has no health insurance. Here was an employer that saw potential in providing primary health care on site as a way of circumventing the cost barrier to health insurance among employed persons in Namibia.

Of to do some more calls in Afrikaans, the lingua franca of the business world in Windhoek.


About writinghealth

Wannabe Epidemiologist? Wannabe med anthro person? I guess. Christian, scientist (not Christian scientist), i mean like I studied molecular biology and I part of the RC Church. I also completed a Masters of Public Health, at the University of Cape Town, in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
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