The following came in as a general comment on the David Hospitals, but I decided it would fit better as a guest post.
Too many people come to Panama with false expectations about healthcare and wind up frustrated or worse.
One of these days I will have another followup of experiences learned durning the care of MC.
Planing on living in Panama? Better have a grasp on basic Spanish if you want to survive many healthcare needs.
My husband was seen first in Boquete clinic..they did some tests gave an IV.The test results showed an infection.Dr.Chen recommended a David hospital.We headed there got in right away at CHIRIQUI.
They took blood started an IV. We waited two hours for a doctor. Then I needed to head back to Boquete to get the children to bed (school today). I called my husband several times still no doc. Then went to bed..at 11:00 the hospital called and said I needed to come in immediately to pay $1100.00 for the emergency room. $500.00 for admission fee and $600.00 for other fees not the testing.I told them I was not driving from the mountains at 11 at night to pay a bill.I was hesitant to give them my debit card.They said he would need to leave then. This is all very broken english…she put me on hold and told me I could pay in the morning when I come in.
I just talked to my husband..he still has not seen a Dr. Or a nurse that speaks english.It is nine am. I will be heading in to pick him up and take him back to Boquete clinic. They even wrote extensive notes for David hosp. They may be withholding care until that bill is paid.My husband said No one has come in except to change IV bags.He is very sick..Dr.Chen thinks he needs IV antibiotics….I didn’t think I needed to bring a translator.
Too much false info on these blogs.One has to live here to really know what it is like….We love it here…just need to figure out good health care.
I checked put flights to US . BUT don’t think Eric could make the 27 hours.