Recent messages have looked at how we are robbed of our freedom by a
falling US dollar and by ever increasing regulations and restrictions
that have destroyed our ability to have low cost health care.
One of the greatest restrictions to our freedom of health is the
cost and the way insurance dominates what types of treatments we can
receive or not. Low cost health care just does not exist for most of us.
Sometimes we forget how inflated prices are in the West and what we
pay for simple things in life. We forget that we should be able to have
real low cost health care.
This note from Jimmie Berg, a friend who is living here at Meson de
las Flores and extremely successfully teaching English to all,
dramatically reminds us of this fact.
Low Cost Health Care Quote
“Dear Gary and Merri, I have been in Cotacachi for several weeks and
have watched many happy travelers come and go. Some came for the
classes, some for the dentist and some just to have a place to rest
after spending many months at hard work. After hearing the exclamations
of a few who had wonderful, therapeutic dermatological facials from an
office in Ibarra, I decided to try one for myself.
“My intention was to simply get the facial, but after arriving and
meeting the doctor, I was so impressed with his professional demeanor
and his spotless, modern office that I mentioned a cyst that had been
bothering me for several years. Imaging my surprise when he said, ‘Of
course, let’s take care of it right now.’ In less than half an hour I
had the cyst excised painlessly and was bandaged and ready to go. After
asking me about any allergies to drugs that I might have, I was handed
instructions and a prescription. My total so far – a remarkable $40.00.
“Our wonderful driver stopped at the “farmacia” (pharmacy) and took
my prescriptions to be filled. For a Z-Pak of zithromycin I paid a
whopping $14.00. Along with a prescription for a pain medication, an
antiseptic wash and bandages, my farmacia total was $27.00 and some
“Before traveling to Ecuador I had checked on having the cyst removed by a dermatologist in Texas.
“Here are my savings – both doctors, in the US and in Ecuador, are specialists.
Low Cost Health Care Comparison
|San Antonio Dermatologist||Ecuador Dermatologist|
|$1500 – for simple surgery||$40.00|
|$125 – antibiotics and pain medication||$27.35|
|$12.50 – Shared taxi|
“Even factoring in my trip to Ecuador and a hotel bill, I am way
ahead. My doctor was polite, efficient and well trained. His office was
clean, bright and had the latest medical equipment. I was not asked for
any insurance or any money prior to the procedure.
“I did not have the facial that day, but my friend did and was more
than thrilled at her experience. The cost of the facial – $20. Mine is
scheduled for next week!
“Thanks, Gary and Merri for doing the research and making the
information available for those who come and visit. In just a few
minutes something that was not dangerous, but had bothered me for
years, was gone, with a tiny incision and a stitch! Jimmie Berg”
Wow. Once other guests heard this they begin running to town to take
care of small cosmetic problems that their health insurance will not
cover in the US. Another friend here had a “wart gone bad on my elbow”
removed. The cost? $40 and 15 minutes.
Another reader sent this note.
Low Cost Health Care Quote
“Dear Gary: Stories of malpractice in the medical community are
increasing dramatically in the U.S. What I witnessed myself and my
family in the past five years has been an increasing a frustrating
state of careless by doctors. It seems to me that few doctors know what
they are doing or does not care about their job.
“They prescribe HRT for women in menopause and then blame the women
if something goes wrong or does not work. Or they just prescribe
multiple and different type of drugs to older people.
“There is NO research stating the side effects of multiple drugs
taken daily. Today surgery seems a normal procedure. Then think about
plastic surgeons booming business. It has been totally lost the human
touch that used to be the doctor’s magic tool. At least I remember when
I was in Italy twenty or thirty years ago about my visiting with
doctors, it was absolutely different than today high-tech and no care
“Why I am writing to you this e-mail? Because I believe that there
might be an opportunity to set up an integrated medicine clinic in
Quito to serve the American market. I know at least a dozen people here
that are up in arms against the medical community.
“I know that many folks are going to Thailand and India for various
procedures that cost one-third in comparison to the U.S. All the best.”
What can I say, except what all our guests keep telling me, doctors
here are friendly, caring, good and a tenth or less what they cost up
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