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titcheaton
10/12/2014 21:46 EST

Hi. We have been offered an option of moving to Trinedad with my husbands work. My 6 yr old sun was diagnosed with cancer Jan 2013. He has had treatment and is now in remission. He still has 3 monthly scans and I think that we would negotiate to come back to the US for these. However I want to no how reliable you feel the pediatricians and medical facilities are in general as I would like to think they are knowledgable enough to be on the ball with his recent condition. I would be very grateful for anyones opinion. Thanks

srod71tt
11/16/2014 16:33 EST

I agree with FlyboyWV. I would really think long and hard about the decision at this time, especially with a sick child. I am myself a healthcare professional and was born and raised there but living abroad. I have found that even persons born there and wishing to return to assist in moving the healthcare system into the 21st century are met with disdain because of our foreign training and 1st world experience, it is very overt. I have had first hand experience with the medical care there and it is less than adequate so beware and be careful if you do decide to go and take your sick child

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titcheaton
10/31/2014 23:18 EST

Thank you flyboyWV
I'm sorry too that politics has gotten in the way of people such as yourself helping. I appreciate your mail though and hope that one day they will see sense.

FlyboyWV
10/30/2014 22:25 EST

The status of medical care in TT is roughly what it was in the US or Britain in the 1970's. It's not primitive, but it's certainly not cutting edge. It is competitive with the rest of the Caribbean. The Minister of Health has been trying to bring the status of Health care into the modern era, but the politics in TT has stymied him at every turn. I am one of the US docs who was recruited a year ago to move to TT and provide updated skills to the country. Also being recruited were docs from Pediatrics, Oncology, Neurosurgery, ER and Intensive care. After one full year of trying to get past the licensing politics of the existing medical community who does not want us there to compete with them...we have all given up and are not coming to the island. So, the Island medical community has thrown away its chance to get world-class docs from the US and Europe to go there for 3-5 years. Very sad. We only wanted to help. So, for kids with cancer or people with Neurological or Musculoskeletal or Critical illnesses...it is a long air trip to Miami.

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