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    Default North Coast Medical Experience

    One of the worries often expressed posters contemplating moving to the DR is what do you do when you have a medical emergency. It is something to think about, since we don't have the same sort of service that is seen each week on Third Watch.

    A medical emergency in which a few minutes delay in getting to a hospital is a justified concern that you live with on the north coast. But other than that, most medical situations can be dealt with. We just experienced one in our house, and I thought our experience might be of interest to recent arrivals who are still getting oriented to the area. (We live in Sosua)

    Friday morning, Barbara tripped over a pile of ceramic tile left in a very unexpected location by the workmen replacing the bathroom tile and landed hard on her hip. She was in a lot of pain and thought she had broken something. We called Servi-Med in Cabarete and they said a doctor would be at our apartment in 15 minutes. He arrived in about 15 minutes (though it seemed longer at the time), checked her over and said she should go to Puerto Plata for xrays and evaluation. From our apartment he called an ambulance and an orthpedic doctor at Centro Medico Bournigal and explained the situation. He also gave Barbara an injection for the pain. His charge was RD$1500

    The ambulance crew carried her on a stretcher down the two flights to the street and took her to Bournigal. The ambulance charge was RD$1000

    At Bournigal, she was e xamined, xrayed and evaluated by the orthopedic doctor. He said the hip was broken and that an operation was required. Because most of our doctors are in Santo Domingo, we decided to go there to Clinica Abreu. The doctor at Bournigal prescribed something for the pain, some other meds, and an IV was started. I called the office of our primary doctor in Santo Domingo and they assured us they would have everything lined up and waiting for Barbara when we arrived. Bournigal charged us RD$2,300

    Because we anticipated going to SD if the hip was broken, we had asked the ambulance to wait. The wait charge was RD$500.

    Barbara was put back on the ambulance and taken to Clinica Abreu in Santo Domingo. The ambulance charge was RD$7000 for the trip from POP to SD, about 4 hours, since we arrived in SD at the 5pm traffic rush hour on a Friday afternoon.

    When we got to SD, they were expecting us and the surgeon came as soon as he called. Our primary doctor assured me we were in good hands with him since he had been the one the primary doctor asked to operate on his mother.

    Barbara was put in a semi-private room, which is really like two private rooms in a big room. The bathroom separates the two alcoves, so one patient doesn't see another. The charge for a semi-private room at this time is RD$1,250 a night. Private rooms are available for RD$2,300. In the semi-private room, each patient has his own cable tv and AC unit with individual controls.

    The doctor is operating tomorrow and replacing her hip. I'll report that cost when I know it.

    Hope this info is helpful.

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    Default Our prayers are with Barbara

    Our prayers are for Barbara's speedy recovery.

    And, thank you, thank you, thank you, for taking the time to share such valuable information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken
    One of the worries often expressed posters contemplating moving to the DR is what do you do when you have a medical emergency. It is something to think about, since we don't have the same sort of service that is seen each week on Third Watch.

    A medical emergency in which a few minutes delay in getting to a hospital is a justified concern that you live with on the north coast. But other than that, most medical situations can be dealt with. We just experienced one in our house, and I thought our experience might be of interest to recent arrivals who are still getting oriented to the area. (We live in Sosua)

    Friday morning, Barbara tripped over a pile of ceramic tile left in a very unexpected location by the workmen replacing the bathroom tile and landed hard on her hip. She was in a lot of pain and thought she had broken something. We called Servi-Med in Cabarete and they said a doctor would be at our apartment in 15 minutes. He arrived in about 15 minutes (though it seemed longer at the time), checked her over and said she should go to Puerto Plata for xrays and evaluation. From our apartment he called an ambulance and an orthpedic doctor at Centro Medico Bournigal and explained the situation. He also gave Barbara an injection for the pain. His charge was RD$1500

    The ambulance crew carried her on a stretcher down the two flights to the street and took her to Bournigal. The ambulance charge was RD$1000

    At Bournigal, she was e xamined, xrayed and evaluated by the orthopedic doctor. He said the hip was broken and that an operation was required. Because most of our doctors are in Santo Domingo, we decided to go there to Clinica Abreu. The doctor at Bournigal prescribed something for the pain, some other meds, and an IV was started. I called the office of our primary doctor in Santo Domingo and they assured us they would have everything lined up and waiting for Barbara when we arrived. Bournigal charged us RD$2,300

    Because we anticipated going to SD if the hip was broken, we had asked the ambulance to wait. The wait charge was RD$500.

    Barbara was put back on the ambulance and taken to Clinica Abreu in Santo Domingo. The ambulance charge was RD$7000 for the trip from POP to SD, about 4 hours, since we arrived in SD at the 5pm traffic rush hour on a Friday afternoon.

    When we got to SD, they were expecting us and the surgeon came as soon as he called. Our primary doctor assured me we were in good hands with him since he had been the one the primary doctor asked to operate on his mother.

    Barbara was put in a semi-private room, which is really like two private rooms in a big room. The bathroom separates the two alcoves, so one patient doesn't see another. The charge for a semi-private room at this time is RD$1,250 a night. Private rooms are available for RD$2,300. In the semi-private room, each patient has his own cable tv and AC unit with individual controls.

    The doctor is operating tomorrow and replacing her hip. I'll report that cost when I know it.

    Hope this info is helpful.
    Ken

    Do the medical providers expect cash at time of service, or does an insurance program cover you?

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    Default SORRY...but very thankful for the info.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken
    One of the worries often expressed posters contemplating moving to the DR is what do you do when you have a medical emergency. It is something to think about, since we don't have the same sort of service that is seen each week on Third Watch.

    A medical emergency in which a few minutes delay in getting to a hospital is a justified concern that you live with on the north coast. But other than that, most medical situations can be dealt with. We just experienced one in our house, and I thought our experience might be of interest to recent arrivals who are still getting oriented to the area. (We live in Sosua)

    Friday morning, Barbara tripped over a pile of ceramic tile left in a very unexpected location by the workmen replacing the bathroom tile and landed hard on her hip. She was in a lot of pain and thought she had broken something. We called Servi-Med in Cabarete and they said a doctor would be at our apartment in 15 minutes. He arrived in about 15 minutes (though it seemed longer at the time), checked her over and said she should go to Puerto Plata for xrays and evaluation. From our apartment he called an ambulance and an orthpedic doctor at Centro Medico Bournigal and explained the situation. He also gave Barbara an injection for the pain. His charge was RD$1500

    The ambulance crew carried her on a stretcher down the two flights to the street and took her to Bournigal. The ambulance charge was RD$1000

    At Bournigal, she was e xamined, xrayed and evaluated by the orthopedic doctor. He said the hip was broken and that an operation was required. Because most of our doctors are in Santo Domingo, we decided to go there to Clinica Abreu. The doctor at Bournigal prescribed something for the pain, some other meds, and an IV was started. I called the office of our primary doctor in Santo Domingo and they assured us they would have everything lined up and waiting for Barbara when we arrived. Bournigal charged us RD$2,300

    Because we anticipated going to SD if the hip was broken, we had asked the ambulance to wait. The wait charge was RD$500.

    Barbara was put back on the ambulance and taken to Clinica Abreu in Santo Domingo. The ambulance charge was RD$7000 for the trip from POP to SD, about 4 hours, since we arrived in SD at the 5pm traffic rush hour on a Friday afternoon.

    When we got to SD, they were expecting us and the surgeon came as soon as he called. Our primary doctor assured me we were in good hands with him since he had been the one the primary doctor asked to operate on his mother.

    Barbara was put in a semi-private room, which is really like two private rooms in a big room. The bathroom separates the two alcoves, so one patient doesn't see another. The charge for a semi-private room at this time is RD$1,250 a night. Private rooms are available for RD$2,300. In the semi-private room, each patient has his own cable tv and AC unit with individual controls.

    The doctor is operating tomorrow and replacing her hip. I'll report that cost when I know it.

    Hope this info is helpful.

    I hope all goes well for Barbare.

    I'm going to find out on Monday just what work my hip needs doing. I plan to come to the DR to have the work done.

    So I do look forrward to all the help you can pass on about the next few days and wonder why you diden't have then do it in POP.

    Thanks Judy

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    Sorry to hear that Ken

    If you need anything while you're in Santo Domingo, call me or PM me.
    I sent you my contact details.

    Rob.

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    All the best to you, Barbara.
    May your recovery be speedy and complete.

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    I am sorry to hear this Ken. Best wishes to Barbara.

    Larry

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    Default I think...

    She'll be up and jitterbugging in no time.

    You obviously feel comfortable with the level of care in the DR or else you would move. Your observations are very helpful.

    I wish B. a speedy recovery!!

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    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Barbara.

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    Default Ken, thank you for the very clear post that should be archived as i

    important medical information for those residents on the North coast.

    do hope Barbara recovers in due time. I recognize Abreu as certainly one of the top places and you will get more than 'care'. You will get "caring" service with personal pouches added, I am sure.

    Please give her my (our) best.

    We will include you both in our prayers tonight and tomorrow.

    HB & Family.

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