About 25% of family physicians’ time is now devoted to the epidemic. The result: there are chronically decompensated patients, later examinations and more advanced precancerous diseases with less likelihood of cure.
In the Family Health Unit of Sofia-Abekasis, in Lisbon, there are 5 doctors, 4 nurses and 2 administrative staff. But, at the moment, he only works with two nurses (there are two dedicated to vaccinating) and at least one doctor is always away. “This is stifling primary health care. We are the patient’s entrance door and when that door is open, not many people have access to health care,” warns the president of the Southern Regional Council of the Medical Syndicate.
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