Health Care in Medellin... my story...send me yours...

Health Care...   Use US plan?  medicare?  local plan govt funded?  Intl health plan corps?  Going "naked"? 



Kathleen Peddicord in helr newsletter sells a very good synopsis of medical care for US citizens abroad.  See her "Live and Invest Overseas" newsetter/magazine.

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MY HEALTH CARE......GRINGO AMIGOS here and interested persons outside of Colombia, I take several (lots of) medications and at EPS, socialized, subsidized health care, the month's supply is 2,400 COP, that's a dollar twenty in US dollars.... If the doctor adds a medicine to my list the price stays the same for the bag full of EXPENSIVE pharmaceuticals.. USA arm and two legs, here virtually free on a EPS health program. My recent 12 day hospital stay cost me $86 US.

I went naked...   means no insurance at all---for a week's stay at Hosp Pablo Tobon Uribe in Barrio Robledo, voted one of the ten best in Latin America, for an ulcer complicated by other factors in my health profile.  It was six days and cost me out of piocket, :going naked: $6. 500 000 COP... about $3200 dollars US.    Still VERY CHEAP!!!!

Two years ago I fell off a bus (damned cowboy driver took off when I was only halfway exited.)  Surgery for prosthetic upper arm an a ten day stay at Medellin General, $14,000 USD.  But I was covered by the local govt because it was a public transportation accident!!!   I was still on Kaiser from the US so my $800 USD out of pocket as eventually repaid to me  (so many phone calls and so much red tape)  by Kaiser. 

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YOU KNOW of course, that Medicare does not cross the border.  It is useless to me under current law. TOTALLY UNFAIR in my humble opinion. And stupid of the system because medical care  etc in Medellin costs so little.  If I were not otherwise covered here I might have to fly to the US, if I were able, to get Medicare treatment in the US at US PRICES!!!  Paid for by the US medicare plan and other taxes..  Very Stupid.  My $14,000 dollar hospitalization here and operation would have cost you taxpayers, who knows,  a half million USD$$$$$   ???  BTW I cancelled my Medicare, o now if I go to the US  I am not covered, and of course I have to pay the ACA fine ($95) at tax time for being uncovered.

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Sura Prepago is very good... no wise cracks from the Lleras crowd of whore mongers and silly old men...please.  But it seems that there are several levels and some do not pay for prescriptions....  CAN YOU help explain SURA, Sura Prepago and other plans???

Douglas Allen6:42pm Dec 17
Wow, yeah I pay a similar monthly fee ((( I pay $89 USD for all of us, Bea, her daughter and me for Nueva EPS))) for SURA. SUrA is supposed to be the best insurance in Colombia. Why don't you have SURA?
Larry Rose
Larry Rose6:31pm Dec 17
Don't know about Sura... I am with Nuevo EPS. $89 dollarw a month for the coverage I described. And I also have EMI for the family... ambulance and doctor visits in the home!!!~ Just call 'em up and a doctor comes to your home with ECG and other equipment as needed. Wow....
Douglas Allen..
Douglas Allen5:17pm Dec 17
Larry, I have SURA and I pay quite a bit of money each month for my medications, more than $400 a month for prescriptions as SURA does not cover them. How do I get my prescriptions covered?

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Treatment for scratched cornea, meds free, glaucoma test, vascularization test for diabetics, and a new prescription for glasses...and follow up was free.  And Doc spoke perfect ingles AND was a knockout Paisa.. and a real blond!

Now NuevaEPS would have paid the cost of an in house Nueva ophthalmologist.





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  1. Hi, Larry.

    Just read your post re health care for expats in Medellin. I have been here for about two weeks now but only until the end of Jan 2016. I would like to see a doctor but don't really know where to go. My Spanish level is basic/survival, so that doesn't help matters. I am also between jobs and so am not insured. I am looking for quality out-of-pocket options for US citizens. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Dave

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    1. You can just walk in off the street... costs are very low. If you dont mind my asking, what is the problem? We can help you with the Spanish...

      Larry

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    2. call me 235 9689 or pobladoboy@gmail.com glad to help...

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    3. OK. Thanks. I've sent you an email.

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  2. I have EPS Sura and have an ovarian mass that is looking like it will need surgery...the first three doctors (pre EPS) said it's probably benign. I just want to the general doc for a referral at SURA and she showed my previous test results to the gyno. They are saying it looks malignant (great). I have another appointment on Thursday to see about doing a biopsy. My family is trying to get me to go to the States (where I have no insurance) to take care of it. I think I am fine here. Any opinions??

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