There was an e-mail announcement this morning of a new medical clinic in Boquete. Among other things, it really highlights the differences in medical practice between here and the states.
To start with, she (the doctor) publishes her office phone AND her cell phone, with the note that she’s available 7 days a week, 24 hrs a day. AND she makes house calls. How’s that for starters?
Then she goes on to list specific services such as injections, emergency sutures, medical certification for insurance, etc, etc.
The last item on her bullet list states that pricing is not based on nationality. (A very common term here is “gringo pricing”, meaning that gringos are charged more than the locals either because they are perceived as being able to afford it or they are too naïve to recognize it, or both.)
I guess we’ll have to make up some excuse for an office visit just to check out the doctor and her facilities.. It’s best to not wait until something is really needed.