In Russia doctors hardly earn millions. $10,000 a year is a dream for many. Normally they earn maybe half of this per year. This doctor in a village probably gets even less. Here is her life and her environment reviewed.
She sleeps right in her working place.
Here she is.
She washes her hands and face in this sink which doesn’t have a drain, just a bucket in the cabinet below, so she’s got to be careful not to let it overflow.
This is a toilet. Covered with a lid to fight the odor. It can’t be flushed, it’s just a hole in the ground.
She drinks her morning coffee here.
And reading a newspaper.
Then her morning starts with starting her furnace to heat up the house (which is also her office).
But not all that bad! An iphone and social networks. Though she says there is only one place in the house she can get a signal.
Then, after her breakfast she goes to the office to wait for the patients.
Here is a couch.
Here she is: a doctor.
First patients arrive.
Because doctors earn almost nothing, patients try to bring some treats to spice up their lives. This couple has brought these fishes.
More and more patients start arriving. Medical services are free in Russia.
Many like to chat.
And more treats.
It’s just 11 am but she has already treated a few patients and gotten some free food from them.
She must also take care of paperwork to log all of the patients and the amount of the medicines and drugs she gives away. Some drugs are free, too.
This is the scenery around her home. Shot with an iPhone.
And this is a local store.
A saleswoman – the retailer in this store.
Prices are like this – lemons 5 dollar a kilo, eggs – 3 dollars for 10.
Some luncheon meat. Locals buy stuff on credit if they can’t afford it now.
So the doctor returns from the store and eats a big sandwich while reading her e-book.
There is no washing machine as there is no water supply in the house – she must get the water herself from about 100 meters away using a bucket.
Sun is out.
She meets Pavel, a local guy. He says his head is aching and so he has a bandage on his head. But he heads to a store to get some “treatment”, probably vodka. Also take a look at the wooden sidewalk.
Anna – complains that she lost her cat.
This guy, Nickolai, is going hunting.
And this is a banya – bath house – sort of sauna.
And here the doctor gets her water, she brought her bucket herself.
When she gets home she finds a bucket with a herring inside. Someone brought another treat to her while she was away.
So she cooks her free food.
And reads local books.
besides her shift in an office the doctor has to visit patients at home.
So she heads to this granny. She is ninety years old.
Then she gets back and reads before falling asleep.
That’s how she lives!
Is this worth mentioning and admiring or just normal life, nothing more nothing less, like everyone else’s life? Remember, she gets probably $400 a month for all this.