ZALIN, Syria — In a move aimed at reducing the monopoly of private doctors and reducing the healthcare costs, the unions of civil society organizations in Zalin (Qamishli) in North and East Syria have established the People’s Clinics in the city.
The clinics, which are scheduled to open in the coming weeks, will provide supplies of medicines, tests, and x-rays at reduced prices.
They will include more than 60 specialists in all disciplines, in addition to a pharmacy, medical laboratory, x-ray department, and a department for minor surgeries.
Dr. Feras Tishi, Medical Director of the People’s Clinic and specialist in neurosurgery, said, “The People’s Clinics are made up of 10 clinics, including a dental clinic, and will include all the specialties in the region and all will be in service on a daily basis.”
As for the prices of medical services, Tishi explained that, “The prices of medical examinations will be 50% lower than general medical clinics and 15% for pharmaceutical drugs and tests.”
This project has been in the works for about six months and has been able to establish itself quickly thanks to the help of local organizations and medical professionals. The People’s Clinics project is the first of its kind in North and East Syria.