VALLADOLID.- The civil association Ophthalmological Foundation “Da un poco de luz” (Give a little light) presented a project to perform surgeries in this city at lower prices than those of private clinics during the month of January.
In an event at Casa de los Venados, Saul Romahn Olivares, president of the group, said that many people who have vision problems cannot pay the fees charged by doctors in private clinics.
He affirmed that the association operates in Merida, Campeche and Cancun.
Romahn Olivares added that the association will perform surgeries in Valladolid with support from the Municipal DIF (Integral Development of the Family), Rotarios Club and Leones Club, in order to help people with cataracts, pterygium, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
He indicated that the corrective surgeries in private clinics range between $ 16,000 and $ 30,000 Mexican pesos.
-If the patient requires minor outpatient surgery with a price of $ 16,000, he would pay only about $ 4,500 Mexican pesos (28% of the cost at a private hospital) -explained Romahn Olivares.
-If the cost is up to $ 30,000, the patient would pay about $ 13,000 (43.3% of the cost at a private hospital).
He said that the foundation is conformed by ophthalmologists and businessmen who want to support those people who cannot pay high medical expenses and have already lost sight, totally or partilly, because of the aforementioned diseases.
The first planning meeting was held and it was agreed that the institutions involved will make arrangements to select the medical facility where the surgeries would be performed.
In the next meeting, at the end of February, the dates to make the evaluations of the patients who would be operated would be determined.
At the meeting Alfredo Fernández Arceo, who is director of the University Center of Valladolid and has already distributed some 9,000 glasses, offered the clinic of his school to do the surgeries; the option will be analyzed.
Romahn Olivares said that in a three-day campaign, corrective surgeries could be carried out for up to 500 people, depending on the demand.
They would give the proper follow-up to each patient after the surgery to monitor the results of the treatment.
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