Billy's Medical Tourism Follow Up
Readers' Questions and Our Answers
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
I would like to thank everyone that sent well wishes and concerns regarding my recent hospital adventure. First let me state that I am fine and good to go. I called the hospital long distance from Panajachel to Guatemala City to speak with my lead doctor on follow up care as he requested, and left my cell number there at the desk. He phoned me back within 30 minutes of my call.
So the great service continued even after I was discharged from the hospital.
As you might imagine this medical experience sparked a load of inquiries and comments from our Readers. We thought that some of you may share the same questions or concerns, so we have posted a few of these inquiries with our responses below.
Thanks again for taking the time to write and to express your concerns regarding my health.
As you know there are all sorts of different health insurance policies available in the States. Some policies provided by employers have a very low deductible and a small co-pay.
Not only that, but we would not have received our bill for several weeks at least, with the submission of billings dragging on to our insurance company who would compute the deductible, the amount allotted to the hospital, and how much we were responsible for in accordance to our deductible and out-of-pocket limits. I would have spent hours on the phone with the health insurance company and the billing department at the hospital coordinating the figures.
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Asking for an itemized billing would have taken another couple of weeks, with the paperwork crossing over in the mail. We would have been "stuck" in our home town in the States for many weeks, not being able to resume our traveling lifestyle, until the paperwork was sorted through.
That being said, it has been our position that the American consumer needs to know what they are being charged for medical services regardless of who is paying for them. The fact that most Americans do not know or do not concern themselves with these costs contributes to these costs spiraling out of control. If you had to pay out of your pocket for the services you received, you would more than likely shop around for better pricing.
Again we thank you for taking the time to
write and for asking a very good question. Hope the information I provided above
gives you more insight into medical care options.
Food was excellent; staff also. My total bill was $850 -- and reimbursed 100% by my hmo upon receipt to all my medical information provided by the hospital and physician. As a former hospital staff evaluator I can say without reservation this was one of the best hospital experiences one could possibly have had.
Comments on pricing of U.S. care and Guatemalan care
Thanks SO much for sharing - and showing that one of the biggest objections that we Americans have to retiring - is unfounded.
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Praise for medical care in Mexico
First of all ... Good Grief! So sorry that Billy had medical emergency, but relieved that all came out for the best. And what a wonderful article praising the medical services in Guatemala. Be advised! Stateside peeps may come down in droves for treatments after reading this!
That aside .. I too am so very impressed
with the quality of medical attentions here in Mexico, the cost and the
aftercare that so often involves a home visit. Get that in the U.S.? I don't
Payment for services: credit card? check?
Thanks for that story about the hospital in Guatemala City. I was just curious about how you paid for that. Did they take credit cards or a check? Or do you have an account in a bank that is readily accessible there, or what?
I love your blog. I just
retired last month from working as a Staff RN at a hospital and I agree that
medical care in the US is a mess. I'm trying to get myself organized now so I
can do some traveling. Thanks for your insights.
When I got home, I checked my credit card statement online for several days in a row to be sure there was no double charging and everything turned out to be fine.
So you have first hand
experience of the medical system in the States... wow. Would I love to have a
conversation with you! ;-)
U.S. Doctors think we are idiots?
Hi, nice article on your hospital experience. You are right in that in the US they do not explain a lot to you. I guess they think we are all idiots and can't think for ourselves. Plus, they are always in a hurry to get to the next one.
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