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bluesguy
3/14/2022 22:58 EST

Is any health care provided that the US government pays for?

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elduendegrande
7/24/2022 13:37 EST

PS; vivian Pellas is not the only show in town. I or family members have been to PROFamilia, Integral, Bautista, and Militar (which is not solely military) with positive results. Not prime First world, but at least equal to VA. I'm checking out Adventista soon.

Note; in public hospitals you should expect to have a relative or someone sit with you and possibly bring food or medicine. In Nic you can pay a taxi to take you to the emergency room, You can get walk-in ultrasound done by a doctor who will give you written and verbal results before you leave the premises. She will also recommend you to a specialist if you need further work. Last time I did it it was 500 cords. You can also get blood and urine done without a doctor referral.

All that being said, if you have major medical concerns, Managua is a poor choice and the rest of the country is a bad choice. Being independently wealthy is a plus.

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elduendegrande
7/24/2022 13:17 EST

Update--
Your mileage may vary, but I go to a rural clinic that has troubles holding onto doctors so then you get referred to a Robo-doctor 100 miles away who has not mastered phone or video conferencing despite claiming to be oh-so modern. They don't treat patients either, they kick everything down to helpers. You will get blood work online in 3 days, but everything else is a crap shoot. I had to go to a hospital and request results from them because the VA can't handle that type of responsibility. Amazed I got the results, AZ used to have a law that they could only send results to the doctor.

Another tip-- this may hurt if you are not a crybaby and don't have a manipulative personality. Before you go for anything except simple bloodwork do a deep analysis of how long you want to wait to get a real appointment or testing or test results or diagnosis , prognosis, or treatment.. If it is more than a week, pump up your symptoms and go to urgent care or the emergency room and tell them to bill the VA. This can save you literally MONTHS of waiting to even get the time of day out of the VA.

Check your VA doctor on the State Medical Board website to see if they are really a doctor and have any complains or restrictions against them. You will not find anything because they are shielded from public scrutiny! VA doctors are accountable to nobody.

Use your cell to copy everything. Have a nice day, week, month!

PS: they do backcharged Medicare A and
B unless this was a doctor error. On a $2000 bill medicare disallowed $1500, paid 250, and billed 250 to me which was forwarded to the VA. Net Net I saved $250 by having the VA delay the procedure by 2 months by endless can-kicking.

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elduendegrande
4/16/2022 11:15 EST

Another thing to consider is that US medicine is painfully slow. Even if you phone schedule an appointment for the day after you arrive you may not be able to get things done in a 4 week family visit. I had an excellent dentist who I had been going to for a decade decline to do a crown because I has only 3 weeks left to departure. Not a big problem because unless you have insurance in the US it is better to just get it done here but at the time I had US insurance. I had the same problem with eyeglasses, not enough time to allow for contingencies. Eyeglasses here are not cheap and other than Matamoros I have had severe QC problems.

The VA is a whole different matter. They are big on platitudes about "thank you for your service" but talk does not get you appointments, referrals to specialists, or medical procedures.

Plan on getting a 1 way ticket and a long open-ended stay with your life in Nicaragua on hold.

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