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Old 09-03-2014, 11:40 AM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Puerto Rico Announces Plan To Promote Itself As Medical Tourism Destination.

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Puerto Rico Announces Plan To Promote Itself As Medical Tourism Destination | Fox News Latino
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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Yeah . . . no. The medical facilities and services are far better than the Virgin Islands in general, but . . . no. I'd go to Trinidad, Costa Rica or elsewhere, first. I don't understand how they figure they can cut procedural costs in a U.S. based hospital and still maintain the quality of care people are looking for. People doing "medical tourism" are looking for a new knee or hip for 1/3 of what mainland gougers charge for the same service. Can't see it.
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:37 PM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Yeah . . . no. The medical facilities and services are far better than the Virgin Islands in general, but . . . no. I'd go to Trinidad, Costa Rica or elsewhere, first. I don't understand how they figure they can cut procedural costs in a U.S. based hospital and still maintain the quality of care people are looking for. People doing "medical tourism" are looking for a new knee or hip for 1/3 of what mainland gougers charge for the same service. Can't see it.
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The island's administration says that it commissioned a market study from which it deduces that medical costs on the island are between 40 percent and 60 percent lower than in the mainland U.S.
Sounds like a win, win. One of the very few advantages of the current territorial status.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:22 AM
 
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The price is low, and I'm guessing, because much of the work is paid for by medicaid/medicare for the Puerto Rican populous in general, which pays less than typical insurances. It may be a false economy based on the data. I've got a feeling that by the time you get through everything, including airfare and lodging, it'll be right up there with the good 'ol US of A with lower standard facilities. I could, however, be wrong. Personally, I'd throw my deductible and get it done Stateside just to be on the safe side.
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Old 09-14-2014, 07:17 AM
 
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No, we do not have "lower standard facilities". Hospitals, clinics, and laboratories are as good as anywhere and staffed by kindly professional people. The overall coasts are much less than on the mainland. An emergency room visit in a modern hospital is less than $400, and specialist doctors charge much less per visit, about $80. GP visits $25 to $35.
Ambulance costs are negligible. Some municipalities offer free services to and from hospitals, doctors, etc.
Care is good, no less than in the mainland. If you have no insurance, you are much better iff here. There is state provided insurance to help you.
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