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    Default Health related question..

    For those of you who live, or plan on living in the DR for a long period of time, (maybe your whole life), what are your thoughts/feelings about what you would do if god forbid you got really sick, or in an accident of some sort? would you go back to your homeland for treatment? basically my question is, how confident do yall feel about the DR health care system? examples would be, (i know its not something we want to think and talk about, but...) cancer? heart attack, stroke? car accident?
    not the most uplifting post, i know, but realistically, its something one must think about when they decide whether or not to relocate to a foreign country let alone a third world country for their lifetime or extended period of time.
    Opinion, comments, thoughts?

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    Who's third world in health services? Did you know that a recent survey from all 50 states in the US reveals that medical errors are responsible for the deaths of 195,000 people a year in American hospitals? This makes medical mistakes the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirador
    Who's third world in health services? Did you know that a recent survey from all 50 states in the US reveals that medical errors are responsible for the deaths of 195,000 people a year in American hospitals? This makes medical mistakes the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer.
    At least in the US the family gets paid! If I die under the knife, my wife and 23 kids get some money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirador
    Who's third world in health services? Did you know that a recent survey from all 50 states in the US reveals that medical errors are responsible for the deaths of 195,000 people a year in American hospitals? This makes medical mistakes the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer.

    ok...now to back that up, what are the rates in the DR healthcare system? from your comment, sounds like 0? do they even keep track of medical errors in DR? when there is a medical error, do they even realize it was a result of medical error? if thats the case that little to no medical error occur in DR, thats good information to know.
    and of course, numbers tend to increase when population is greater.

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    195,000 out of 300,000,000 = .00065%

    For Dr that means only 5200 dealths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmydr
    195,000 out of 300,000,000 = .00065%

    For Dr that means only 5200 dealths.
    im quick to question statistics coming out of the DR, when in another post i asked about cancer rates in women, and people with diabetes, and some replies i got were that they seem low because the dominican republic doesn't keep track. So, now are we saying that it does keep track of medical errors but not other statistics? confused...

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    Quote Originally Posted by audboogie
    im quick to question statistics coming out of the DR, when in another post i asked about cancer rates in women, and people with diabetes, and some replies i got were that they seem low because the dominican republic doesn't keep track. So, now are we saying that it does keep track of medical errors but not other statistics? confused...
    Lots of Dominicans die at home or in route to the clinic as well.

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    Depends on the circumstances, I suppose, and whether really high tech equipment was necessary. If I had to have brain surgery, for example, I would go back to the US if I could.

    My wife recently had a hip replacement done in Santo Domingo. The doctor was excellent, the materials he used for the replacement were the latest available, and her recovery was rapid.

    We have both had cataract surgery here and were very pleased with the doctor and the results.

    A few years ago my jaw was fractured in two places and the surgeon, though it was difficult to do, was able to get everything back together without locking the jaws closed.

    We have a cardiologist in Santo Domingo who is excellent and who we would rely on. If he said go back to US, we would go. Otherwise, no.

    Likewise with our gastroenterologist, urologist, and other doctors. All our doctors have been recommended to us by doctors we trust and are the doctors they and their families use.

    I chatted with a friend in Canada recently whose daughter needs to be seen by pediatric cardiologist, but that there was a long waiting list, meaning weeks, perhaps several months before she could get an appointment. Since this person has lived for long periods in the DR, she knows the medical situation here and was lamenting that it was not possible to just call up a specialist and make an appointment like we can here.

    I can't speak for Dominican health care in general, because my only experience is with a small group of doctors. But we trust them and would go back to the US only if they recommended we do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken
    Depends on the circumstances, I suppose, and whether really high tech equipment was necessary. If I had to have brain surgery, for example, I would go back to the US if I could.

    My wife recently had a hip replacement done in Santo Domingo. The doctor was excellent, the materials he used for the replacement were the latest available, and her recovery was rapid.

    We have both had cataract surgery here and were very pleased with the doctor and the results.

    A few years ago my jaw was fractured in two places and the surgeon, though it was difficult to do, was able to get everything back together without locking the jaws closed.

    We have a cardiologist in Santo Domingo who is excellent and who we would rely on. If he said go back to US, we would go. Otherwise, no.

    Likewise with our gastroenterologist, urologist, and other doctors. All our doctors have been recommended to us by doctors we trust and are the doctors they and their families use.

    I chatted with a friend in Canada recently whose daughter needs to be seen by pediatric cardiologist, but that there was a long waiting list, meaning weeks, perhaps several months before she could get an appointment. Since this person has lived for long periods in the DR, she knows the medical situation here and was lamenting that it was not possible to just call up a specialist and make an appointment like we can here.

    I can't speak for Dominican health care in general, because my only experience is with a small group of doctors. But we trust them and would go back to the US only if they recommended we do so.
    If you have money, of course you can get the best there is and in DR, it doesn't equire lots of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmydr
    If you have money, of course you can get the best there is and in DR, it doesn't equire lots of money.

    first off, thanks ken, thats the comments i was looking for, in your case positive.

    another question, say you find out you have cancer, since it seems like tons of people die of some sort of cancer, is there equipment/Drs in the DR who have the knowledge/rescources to treat?


    jimmydr...i've heard people say the same comment you have made about having money get best there is not only in health care but other things....my question now is, ok boom....you have a dominican man and an american woman who have a child who is really sick.....they walk into a dr office and say "hello my kids really sick needs emergency care, i got money." and proceed to take it out and show them? or do they point out which car in the parking lot they rolled up in? pay them up front?
    and then, say the dr office believes a couple has money...what do they do then? whisk them out back thru the waiting room jam packed full of people? how does this really work???

    and then there is the ambulance situation....when i was just down there, my husbands cousin was shot in the head and it took 3 hours for an ambulance to arrive...now say it was me that got shot in the head...would my husband call the ambulance place and say "i have money, please come quick and help my wife who was just shot in the head?"

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