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Ever Had Medical Treatment Abroad?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:56 am

There was this tv programme on tonight about a hospital in Corfu that was doing unneccessary treatment just so they could claim off the insurance. Have you ever had medical treatment while abroad? And if so was it ok?
 
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Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:15 am

I had to have some stitches in my arm when I was in Canada after cutting myself quite badly doing some cliff-jumping. The hospital outright refused to accept my insurance (even though I was fully covered with excellent insurance), and wouldn't treat me until I'd paid 50% up front and the rest within 7 days. The medical treatment was excellent, but the attitude treatment was appalling.
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Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:46 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 1):
I had to have some stitches in my arm when I was in Canada after cutting myself quite badly doing some cliff-jumping. The hospital outright refused to accept my insurance (even though I was fully covered with excellent insurance), and wouldn't treat me until I'd paid 50% up front and the rest within 7 days. The medical treatment was excellent, but the attitude treatment was appalling.

Wow! I thought that the hospital was bound by law to treat you then fight you hand a tooth afterwards for the money. Or atleast i thought thats how it worked in the US at least. I'll remember that!
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Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:50 am

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 2):

Wow! I thought that the hospital was bound by law to treat you then fight you hand a tooth afterwards for the money. Or atleast i thought thats how it worked in the US at least. I'll remember that!

That's possibly and probably true, but they were all the 'jobsworth' type of people. I was tired and in pain and didn't have the energy to fight with them, so I eventually just paid the Canadian $520 (50% deposit) and went on my merry way. I never went back and paid the other 50% and I gave them a fake address. I took the receipt they gave me for the $520 and submitted to my insurance company when I got back to England. They paid up right away but asked the same question I did - "Why didn't the hospital just take the matter up with us? You were covered!".
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Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:07 am

Howdy,

When i tore my ligaments whilst skiiing in italy, i was airlifted to hospital some 12 miles away and was sent for xray, they told me that there was nothing on the xray so it had to be my ligaments. Wrapped my leg in bandages, gave me a contact information card on where to hire crutches!! (yes i had to hire them and leave passport as a deposit!!!!!) and sent me packing and said "See your GP when you get home". 2 weeks in Italy, and then a bus ride home as they wouldnt allow me to fly..

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RE: Ever Had Medical Treatment Abroad?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:11 am

I had to get root canal treatment in Washington, DC. My dentist at home had put a filling at the side if an incisor a few days before I set off for NY and really pushed hard as he was compacting it. It started hurting when I was in NY but I thought I could last till I got home. After 3 says in NY I took the train to DC and by the time I got there knew I was going to have to get it looked at. It was Friday evening and the hotel put me in touch with a dentist on call.

When I got there, he'd just arrived but couldn't get hold of an assistant so I ended up holding all the gubbins as he was working. I actually found it to be quite an enjoyable experience. He coached a soccer team, not being a fan of American football, and was quite chatty. My own dentist doesn't seem to like talking about dentistry but this one answered all my questions and gave a detailed running commentary. The whole ambience of the place was quite pleasant.

It took an hour or so and I think it cost about £100 so I just paid by credit card with a view to claiming it back when I got home (which I did, less an excess). Being a dentist, he wasn't too familiar with payment details so I had to tell him which details to take.

All in all, I'm glad it happened and it actually contributed to the holiday.  Smile
 
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Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:21 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):
I eventually just paid the Canadian $520 (50% deposit) and went on my merry way. I never went back and paid the other 50% and I gave them a fake address.

Perhaps thats why they are all "Jobsworths"  duck 
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Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:27 am

When I was living in Central America, I had to have lung surgery there.
The good thing about it is that hospitals and treatments are cheap compared to North America and Europe, so I picked the best hospital in the country, where most doctors and surgeons have studied abroad and are very competent.

I got an excellent room, excellent treatment from the docs and nurses (hard to get in developed countries...) and the surgery went great, with the latest techniques and equipment (it wasn't a challenging surgery though, pretty regular easy stuff).

What I liked best is when I got passed the bill... For a week of intensive care, in my own room with a/c and everything, plus surgery and everything I could wish for in a hospital in that kind of country: 3000 US$!!

It would have cost at least 10x more in the US or Europe. My insurance company didn't even raise an eyebrow when they had to pay for it!
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RE: Ever Had Medical Treatment Abroad?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:33 am

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
Have you ever had medical treatment while abroad? And if so was it ok?

I had to go to the emergency room in some hospital in Copenhagen because I had a nasty eye infection. The guy there couldn't really do anything since he was not an eye specialist but it was ok, everyone there was friendly and helpful and when I asked if I had to pay something I got told: "No, the Danish taxpayers will pay the bill for you". Big grin

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RE: Ever Had Medical Treatment Abroad?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:59 am

I did not, but my father did.

In '96 he was on a TW flight from JFK to FCO. On approach to Rome he had a heart attack.

Upon arrival he was transported to the Rome American Hospital, where other then some language difficulties, the treatment was outstanding and the outcome successful.

The stent that they used had not yet been approved for use in the US, so we actually had a more advanced version.

I flew over the next morning, and spent 10 days there dealing with the medical staff and never had a problem.

It did however take nearly a year to get the insurance issues settled!
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Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:09 am

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Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:09 am

I fell on a faucett in Thailand and broke the tear duct of my left eye. The hospital and its staff was incredibly professional and I received the best care I could possibly imagine. The Thais with their culture of caring for one another make excellent doctors and nurses. Your in good hands when you have to go to the hospital in Thailand!

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RE: Ever Had Medical Treatment Abroad?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:42 am

Quoting LPLAspotter (Reply 11):
Your in good hands when you have to go to the hospital in Thailand!

That is good to know!
I was there a few months ago and the possibility of getting sick did cross my mind on several occasions. I was also a bit paranoid of getting Malaria. The mosquitoes ate me alive in Bangkok. Because of that, I didn't go to the jungles to see the elephants. I ended up seeing few elephants walking down the streets near the Rajchathewi BTS station anyway.  Smile

I also heard that Thailand is popular for plastic surgery and sex-change operations.
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RE: Ever Had Medical Treatment Abroad?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:47 am

My mother fell ill whilst on family vacation in Orlando in 1996. They paid some ridiculous amount of money to see a Doctor plus the cost of the prescription at the pharmacy. Luckily insurance covered us and we got paid back! I'd hate to fall ill or get seriously injured whilst stateside without insurnace!  arserape 

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RE: Ever Had Medical Treatment Abroad?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:48 am

I went to a British dentist to have a filling replaced. He said my teeth needed a lot of work. Ten visits later, he told me he was done and that I didn't have to come back anymore. My teeth had become yellow and crooked and I had developed a nasty overbite. The dentist was quite proud of himself.

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RE: Ever Had Medical Treatment Abroad?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:04 pm

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 14):
The dentist was quite proud of himself.

Yeah, yeah, yadda, yadda!  biggrin 

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 8):
when I asked if I had to pay something I got told: "No, the Danish taxpayers will pay the bill for you".

I remember now that the concierge who put me in touch with the dentist in DC told me his mother got appendicitis while she was in the UK and had to have surgery. When she was being released, she was worried about how much she'd have to pay and whether her insurance covered it. The staff just sent her packing and said they'd "take care of the paperwork".
 
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RE: Ever Had Medical Treatment Abroad?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:14 pm

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 14):
I went to a British dentist to have a filling replaced. He said my teeth needed a lot of work. Ten visits later, he told me he was done and that I didn't have to come back anymore. My teeth had become yellow and crooked and I had developed a nasty overbite. The dentist was quite proud of himself.

Funny, this just came up on the Simpsons tonight...

Dr. Wolfe (Dentist): How often do you brush, Ralph?
Ralph: Three times a day, sir.
Dr. Wolfe: Why must you turn my office into a house of lies?
Ralph: You're right. I don't brush. (begins to cry) I don't brush!
Dr. Wolfe: Let's look at a picture book...*
Ralph (crying): That's enough! That's enough.

*="The Big Book of British Smiles"

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RE: Ever Had Medical Treatment Abroad?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:03 pm

A bit of one of my molars simply broke off while I was having some burnt almonds in Brazil. I went to a dentist, he made the filling and I was happy again. Back home, my dentist said it was quite professional, and I've never since had any trouble with that filling. And it had cost me less than EUR 20 at the time!  Silly
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RE: Ever Had Medical Treatment Abroad?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:10 pm

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
Have you ever had medical treatment while abroad?

I remember an elderly lady from Switzerland who after having fallen on stairs in a hotel in Crete was done to the hospital in Heraklion, and afterwards when coming back after two days was full of praise for that hospital.
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I myself once, after having been hit right into the face in Amsterdam, had to visit an eye-doctor in Paris, a Dr. Liebermann in the Rue Rivoli, and his analysis, his advice and the medicament he gave me was absolutely great. He gave me the details of a colleague of him in Zurich, and the gents settled everything with my health-insurance directly.
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