25 Jan 2018

Need surgery, lady? Get in line and wait

Hungarian women who suffer from endometriosis, a disorder involving tissue of the uterus, sometimes have to wait in pain up to three years for an operation.

Ivett Körösi
Ivett Körösi Nepszava, Hungary
Source: Nepszava
Need surgery, lady? Get in line and wait - NewsMavens
Statue of Semmelweis, Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, Semmelweis University. Wikicommons

Why this story matters:

Health care is a basic human right. We tend to forget about this in so-called "developed" Western societies, where people take medical treatment for granted.

But that may not be the case for women suffering with endometriosis, an often painful condition in which tissue normally inside the uterus grows outside the uterus.

In a private consultation, the operation can be done almost immediately for about 6,400 euros. But women who don't have that kind of money suffer needlessly.

The Hungarian government denies that there is a long waiting list for government-funded treatment of endometriosis, but a newspaper's investigation has proved otherwise.

By sweeping the issue under the rug, decision makers are turning their backs on women. 

health, women's issues, care crisis

The facts that have come to light

  • 10 per cent of women of reproductive age suffer from endometriosis in Hungary.
  • After Hungarian singer Kinga Kramli wrote a Facebook post about her struggles getting treatment for endometriosis, government officials claimed no one had to wait more then 2 months.
  • After the government's denial, social-democratic newspaper Nepszava got access to the waiting list of the Gynecological Clinic of Semmelweis University.
  • The newspaper found that, in mid-January, 136 women were waiting for the operation. Those at the bottom of the list were told the wait would be 3,5 years.
  • After this was made public, the government could not deny the issue anymore.
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