Don’t get sick in Kinshasa!

by Dual Income No Kids on January 18, 2007 · 0 comments

There are many reasons why one doesn’t want to get sick in Africa, but normally the cost of health care is not one of them. Luckily I’m fine, but unfortunately my colleague has come done with a sore throat. Not too fun when we had a bunch of back to back interviews yesterday and have been working mad hours (likely the cause of getting sick in the first place!)

We went to the Pharmacie to get some meds and were shocked at the prices:

Cough Drops – $17
Cold Med (non-prescription) – $11

Considering that I wouldn’t pay that much ever in the states for comparable medicine, I find it pretty ridiculous! While some local salaries are higher than other parts of Africa, most are not. We just interviewed a professional guy yesterday, with a University degree and a great deal of experience, who makes $100 a month working for the government ministry.

The car service we hired was $81 a day plus $8 for the driver’s 8 hr day.

I don’t want to think of those guys having to go without medicine because there is no way you’d be able to afford spending a quarter of your monthly salary just for sore throat!

This world is one crazy place!


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