I cannot speak for any one else's treatment in Liberia hospital - only my husband's. S L O W
One time had appt confirmed the night before - when he arrived, they said "Go home. No beds." Spent about $55 in taxi fees for nothing and in extreme pain.
Then he had to prepare for CAT scan, he had to drink dye every 20 min. for 3 hours. Had to stand the entire time as he cannot sit, No bed to lay down.
The first doctor that treated him said for him not to worry, that they would take care of him. He could not ever be reached. Learned later he was out of the country, but we were never advised
Changed appt from Thurs to Sat this week at last minute. Was to arrive Fri. at 2pm to meet doctor at emergency admissions and spend the night so ambulance could leave at 5am in morning for hospital in SJ for MRI. She arrived 2 hours late, and he is unable to sit due to cancerous tumor on hip and in pain. He had to lie down on hard chairs with no pillow until she came.
Then after spending the night, ambulance did not come at 5am but 8am. SO... he had spent miserable night in hospital needlessly, and could have just come in morning.
The first time he was in hospital for day and a half. He was told he would be there for 4 days to do all tests. After a day 1/2 told to go home as had no beds. He had to ask for water, that they doled out in tiny cup.
Just got done with MRI in SJ hospital, and was not allowed to eat for several hours. Put him in ambulance after test for 4+ hour ride without offering him anything to eat. Good thing I insisted he take a sandwich yesterday which was a day and 1/2 old. He was starving and weak.
lindyluvsCR, thank you for sharing your experiences. I assume that you are referring to the CCSS public hospital in Liberia (Baltodano).
I have heard similar horror stories about the Nicoya CCSS hospital. Public hospitals in San Jose may be better, but those outside of SanJose have a bad track record. I will not use the CCSS hospitals.
We have international health insurance (PA Group) and my wife has used Hospital San Rafael Arcangel, the private hospital in Liberia. She had good health care there. But their charges were extremely high - similar to USA hospital charges. Luckily our insurance covered all but our deductible. And the hospital and insurance company settled for about half of what was billed - after about 6 months of disputes, but it was still rather costly.
I have used the EBAIS system for routine health care and prescription medications. That has met my routine needs, but I will only use private health facilities for non-routine health needs in Costa Rica.
CR's low cost health care is often emphasized, but it is of little value if your health is endangered when you have severe health issues!
Your experience sounds terrible. It just really reinforces why so much of our retirement dollars seems to go to continued health care coverage. We have MediJet for only $ 295 a year. that way we can get back quickly to the USA and our wonderful Medicare coverage. Since we travel (and cruise) a lot it seems to be key. We are fortunate to have a very large extended family to stay with in the States. But we also have private health insurance as well - just in case we first need to use a private hospital in CR. Good health care is one of the primary reasons we chose to live in Escazu (and the great weather!).
LindyluvsCR, my heart goes out to you both. I can only 'guess' what has been the news that you REALLY don't want to hear. As you now know, I was in a similar situation when my 'better half' was diagnosed as to having Stage IV Colo-rectal cancer, which meant it had metastasized. Personally, I would suggest if your husband must travel to Hospital Mexico for treatment, it would be easier for you both, if you move back to your home in Grecia. We had to leave home for treatments, at 3am and we never know what time we would would arrive home. A few times, we got home at 10pm. Plus, for other appointments with specialists.
Please feel free to message me, if I can be of help or have questions.
Drneuro100 I would like to ask you a question: Do you believe in your heart that you have helped someone going through a hard time by boasting how blessed you are for having medical care in the States and Private Insurance in Costa Rica and for living in Escazu where the weather is great? It's like showing off the abundance of food you have in your table to someone who can't afford such privileges. I too live in the same town where this gentleman has been living, I too only have Caja. I too am having some medical issues. The last thing I want is to come here seeking help or just opening up my heart and get a reply like yours. Compare your reply to Khol's reply. He is showing compassion, understanding and giving a good suggestion. You don't even know that the gentleman in question has a house in Grecia. Why do you think that you have all those private insurances in the States and in Costa Rica?-Is it because you are smarter than everybody else here?-No, it's because you can afford it! You should get on your knees and thank God for the privileges that you have! If you don't have anything to offer just don't say anything! This is why I have cancelled the notifications to this site.
Kohl and Lindy, I have been away for a while. I'm sorry about what you Lindy and your husband are going through. I've already prayed for him. Khol. you are such a caring person! I have stayed away from this forum and honestly I don't even have any desire to visit this site. I wish you both all the best! Today I came here while waiting for my husband to get ready for us to go out.
Kohl - Thank you. Had been trying to convince my husband the same. Today the decision was made for him by doctor in Liberia. He is going tomorrow to Hospital Mexico and doc said all treatments will be there and does not need to return as they can't do them in Liberia anyway.
It will be better to have your friends nearby. CAJA will arrange to pick you up in their 'ambulance' at your home, and take you to any appointments at Hospital Mexico, once you get the paperwork permitting you to do this. Just contact your local clinic in advance.
We tried to do it 'on our own' for the first cycle of treatments and it was awful. For further treatments we did it with CAJA transporting us.
Godbless bothofyou..I havebeen visitin HoptialMexico for weeks now,,all very niceand professional..I CANNOT stress enough WHY Heredia and its charm was after living in many places ..my chisen place to live..I am 15 minutes from theNEWHeredia Hospital 20 minutes from Hospital Mexico and20 minutes fro the most expences other3 Clinica Biblica is slightly cheaper than Cima...and Clinica Catolica is Goergeous but also not cheap..I am near to most LARGE ckinics and Caja Hospitals..THAT IS mere reason for living here close to many things as wekl,as Hospitals. .I KNEW there would come a day..and last few weeks that day has come.I have hadchest pains that they are still trying to figure oour In the last month last minute I have had an echo cardiagram..EKG 2 checst Xrays..3ultrasounds..and more GREAT treatment...in all places especiallly Hop.Mexico..NEWCOMErS Keep AREA of Hospitals in Mind when you move here..Linda knows the hell it can be,,Great to get to know the staff Doctors and nurses as I did,,Thank God,,Then in between my specialist friend in the village gives me free samples and checks me out throughly for $30 more than an hour.....her modern little hospital has everything even her own LAB so you get blood test results read immediately Just had cataracts removed in one eye appt. done caja in a hurry. with help of doctor friend..next will be eye one in Hospital Mexico in Jan uary, ok Take care both of you...I did make Lynda an offer but she refused w=aww could have been a big hep..