|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #259) on Sunday, July 17, 2005 - 5:10 pm:|
I have been making my medical appointments in the US, but now I am going to stop that and try to receive all my medical care (assuming no emergencies) on or near Bonaire.
|By J Rushman (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #101) on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 12:50 am:|
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #263) on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 7:35 am:|
Thanks, but I have lived on Bonaire for a long time and I already know what you're saying. I appreciate your wanting to help, but I just need answers to the specific questions I posted.
|By seb (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2330) on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 9:17 am:|
Tish, you might consider getting your long term prescriptions via mail, probably easier, I have a pal who had quite a difficult time getting a recurring scrip for an anti inflammatory.
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #265) on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 9:43 am:|
Thanks, Seb and John. I truly appreciate your interest! But I am not looking for the kinds of comments you have made.
|By Michèle Knuf (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 10:34 am:|
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #269) on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 11:07 am:|
It does help. Thanks, Michele.
|By Ruth van Tilburg (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #391) on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 3:16 pm:|
If you don't have it already, I recommend getting health insurance here (though I'm not sure what might be excluded as 'pre-existing'-careful there). I've been very happy with Valarie (American living here many years/Insurance agent at MCB). If you get the right insurance, once your gp ("huisarts" or house dr.-what you'd consider a family dr./general practitioner) makes a referral to a specialist, the insurance will pay the ticket to/fm Curacao to the specialists. All the specialists you mention are in Curacao, except I think we do have one gyno & one shrink here, but again, you need a referral from your house dr. to see any specialist. Unless there's something unusual, it's your gp who does your pap (and orders any/all blood tests, etc, which are conducted at the lab, not by your dr)--then you must take the pap to the lab yourself-some tests are done on Bonaire, others are sent to the large labs in Curacao; the results are sent back to your house dr. Insurance will not cover things like your rental car for the day to get to/fm your CUR appts-only the plane ticket. There are specialists who travel here (orthopedics, eye dr., etc, but their appts are usually for SVB patients-our national health care for workers). Never hurts to ask though (your house dr. will give you a name & referral, you'll call the hospital to arrange the appt-most specialists use an office in the hospital to see patients).
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #271) on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 4:28 pm:|
|By Ann Phelan (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1877) on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 6:41 pm:|
I use Dr. Schrader (GP) and am very happy. It is 35,00 Naf for a medical visit. Some scripts here are very affordable but most are very high. I have insurance from International Medical Group.
|By Brigitte Kley - Coco Palm Garden (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #320) on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 7:00 pm:|
I have always a copy of my last payment to the private insurance in my walltet (address of the company, your referral number etc). If you need an emergency treatment, you have first to garantuee with your credit card, but they ask directly your insurance if they insure your treatment and than the bill is send also to the insurance and not to you. Other smaller bills you pay first, bring them to your insurance agent and than they are reimbursed. Marion and I use Russels insurance for many years now - next to Scarlett flower shop.
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #273) on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 11:02 am:|
|By Ruth van Tilburg (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #392) on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 8:51 am:|
Besides local insurance co's, it's usually the specialists who require the referrals in order to make the appt.--they like to get a letter from your house dr. telling them why you need to see them. Will your US insurance cover the flights to/fm CUR?
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #281) on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 10:31 am:|
No, Ruth. Point well taken.
|By Marion - Casa Oleander (BonaireTalker - Post #89) on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 4:00 pm:|
Dr. Evertzs, a dermatologist comes once a month on Saturdays to the office of Dr. Dorvil in Tera cora next to La Portugesa. He doesn't make appoinments. Information which day and what time he comes you get at the hospital.
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #404) on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 3:10 pm:|
Thanks to everybody who gave me answers about doctors!!
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