Expat Health Insurance & Medical Care

Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance in Coranado, Panama

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An expat in Coronado, Panama offers candid advice about the healthcare system and health insurance options for expats in Coronado. She discusses issues that she and her husband have had with Tricare being accepted, having to pay cash at the hospital for emergency surgery and more.

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Expat Healthcare Advice for Coranado

It is not like others want you to believe. It is not up to US standards. The one private hospital wants you to believe they are part of the Johns Hopkins network and they are not. Clinics are often store fronts, crowded and dirty. Equipment is old.

Emergency Medical Care in Coranado

Private hospital is one hour away and forget any ambulance services. We had an emergency (needed surgery) and we almost lost the life of my husband.

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Quality of Healthcare in Surrounding Area

You must go to Panama City an hour away and you must have Cash! No one will take insurance and treat you. Credit cards are not accepted nor are checks. All care even surgery must be paid for before any care is given. They will refuse care and put you on the street regardless of your condition.

Prescription Medicines

No the only pain Meds are Tylenol or OxyContin. Only pain specialists can prescribe. Some cardiac Meds are not available and you must mail order them (if this is part of your prescription plan.)

Expat Health Insurance in Panama

Health insurance is not accepted by providers of care. Have Tricare which is military insurance world wide and is part of the Hopkins network so we thought the private hospital that says they are part of Hopkins would accept it. We were sadly mistaken and had the worst experience of our life. If you compare US costs and Panama cost, yes, it is less expensive. But, it is still expensive if you have to pay for surgery before any care is rendered.

Quality of Healthcare Compared to Home

[  ] Better
[  ] Somewhat Better
[  ] Same
[  ] Somewhat Worse
[x] Worse

Availability of Medical Care Compared to Home

[  ] Better
[  ] Somewhat Better
[  ] Same
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[x] Worse

Primary Method of Payment for Medical Care

[  ] International Health Insurance
[  ] Insurance Purchased in the Country I Live Abroad In
[  ] Out of Pocket
[  ] Social Program (Medicare, Nationalized Health Insurance or Similar)
[x] Other

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