Macau (MNA) – Mr. Paul Pun Chi Meng, the founder of Caritas Macau, is currently looking for English-speaking medical doctors to treat non-resident workers at a social enterprise set up by Pun and two other partners.
Pun told Macau News Agency (MNA) that the first phase will be to seek out medical doctors, but also clinical psychologists in the second phase.
“Migrants, especially the lower-income group, don’t want to spend money to see a doctor, until they are sick, very sick, then they might have to stay in the hospital,” Pun explained.
Pun also believes that the mental health of lower-income migrants might be another area to focus on, as this group might require psychological counselling.
Local residents are eligible to receive medical coupons, which greatly subsidise the cost of healthcare, but migrants are not eligible to receive these.
The clinic’s license has already been obtained and it will be established near the Ruins of St Paul, although for now, only basic medical care will be offered.
The plan is for the clinic to provide free medical care at least a few days a week, particularly Sunday, as many migrant workers have that as their off day.
In order to remain operational, Pun says that a quota of 15 free treatments will be given out initially, depending on the response he gets from people who are interested in working for the clinic.
At the time of publication, Pun said that his post on Facebook seeking healthcare workers had attracted responses from a clinical psychologist and several government doctors, although health policies currently make it difficult for them to work in the private sector.