Panama is always hard to define, when it comes to healthcare. You can hear stories of super care and professional bedside manner and you can hear about uncaring doctors that see gringos a source of money to be grabbed and discourteous service.
Truth be known, you can find both sides and the key is to have good advice ahead of time in case of an emergency. I have had doctors that I have felt were equal to the best I have had in the US. I have also had some that I felt saw me only as a source of money and the chosen treatment might have been decided on which would bring in the most profit.
I was just reading a blog post by a friend of mine, Bob Hatting describing a recent scare he had. I had talked to him right after the first scare and his current blog post describes what happened after I had talked to him.
I think reading his post is wise to anyone moving to Panama and interested in healthcare in Panama. Anyone can have Bob’s experience. When you get to be Bob’s and my age, things are going to break and you need to know the right fixer-upper before you go take who is on call.
HERE is Bob’s post.