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Monday, April 17, 2006
Fundeni Institute of Oncology

What is oncology? The branch of medicine that deals with tumors, including study of their development, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Yes, that is correct, I am referring to cancer! Where in the world do you think a special Institute of Oncology would be placed in Bucharest? In a hospital one would consider the mother of all depressions. This choice for a disease where positive attitude and will to fight can sometimes make the difference between life and death…

The picture posted is the movie start make up look they have posted on their site. Still, it cannot completely hide the way it actually looks. It is placed on a terrifyingly lonely street, that gives you the impression you have reached the end of the city, or even worse the end of the world. If you come here at night, which was one of my times to come there, you feel you are trapped in a horror movie and you expect monsters to attach you. The only bright lights you can see are those of the hospital.

In day time it looks even worse…The ugly building, the unattended yard, the small, dark and plain awful hallways…And the terrible sound of crows and ravens flying around the hospital…An impossible atmosphere…but it suits the tears and sad, lost looks of those inside..

Intensive care…well, it looked quite nice. Of course the sheets were stained and they all looked very old! Of course the rooms look depressing enough to never want to get there! And of courser if you want to take a walk as recommended you don’t have that metal thing to hang your transfusion like bags and drag it around! You should carry them or have them carried by someone else!

In what bribes are concerned, it is a typical hospital: everyone wants a little something! If you can afford it, you pay, if you cannot, well, you’re at their mercy.

Well, where are the landscape architects and designers redecorating everything? Where are the psychologists and psychiatrists saying “Are you crazy, people?” Why is it that only high-class, no-one-can-afford-it, treat-only-certain-diseases clinics have the perfect look of a Western hospital?
posted by Alina @ 11:06 AM  
  • At 4/17/2006 11:33 PM, Blogger Safiya said…

    How awful it must be to be a patient there.

    Do you really have to bribe people to get better treatment?

  • At 4/20/2006 3:03 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Safiya, yes, you kind of do! This subject has been long debated, eveybody blames it, nobody can really stop it.

  • At 4/23/2006 2:32 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

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  • At 5/02/2006 1:12 PM, Blogger RudeGirl said…

    I'm... hmmm... glad is not the word for this kind of subject, but it's good someone finally wrote about that hospital, it's awfull! And concerning the bribe... it's everywhere, but it's absurd to have to bribe somebody to be treated like patients get treated at Fundeni...

  • At 5/02/2006 1:32 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Thanks for the support on this matter RudeGirl! Bribe is something normal, I know, but the large amounts poured here are amazing, considering what the place actually looks like.

  • At 5/04/2006 4:53 AM, Blogger backtick said…

    ah sorry to hear that.. by the way, you've got private hospitals there? and are there so expensive?

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