Sunday, February 09, 2014
"NO Frills" Medical Care in Mexico
Rows of seats line the hallway from the main front door. There is one receptionist. No middle nurse to take you to the Dr. Here they just say the door number. You go to it. Sit there and wait for the doctor to open the door at the appointed time of your appointment. It always happens that way. Simple and to the point.
By the way, I called that morning at 8:30 AM and they said "Could I come at 11AM?". Always, Dr. Barrera opens the door on the stroke of the hour as do Dr. Alvarez the cardiologist or Dr. Valazquez the ophthalmologist. Today that did not happen.
He did a short exam. He said we're going to have an ultrasound. He said, wait, I'll return. I saw him scurry down the hall to the ultrasound room in the hospital. He came back slightly exasperated and said would it be possible for me to wait another 30 minutes as they were busy.
When the time came, he walked me to the ultrasound room, introduced me to the technician and left. During the ultrasound, he came in to check to see that I was all right! And to see the screen.
When all was over and they had the results, Dr. Barrera told me the news, straightforward.
Total cost for the office visit and ultrasound - $88USD. Time spent there - 1 1/2 hours.
I'm looking forward to seeing what my experience is this coming week when I go to a surgeon's office to meet with him prior to my procedure on the 17th of February in the USA. IF I am allowed, I'll take photos.
I'm sure I'll have to fill out a bunch of forms as well. We'll see.