jp said:Really sorry to hear about your friend Sara.
I've met a number of doctors & medical students who've spent time working & studying here in public hospitals. They all said the same thing about their argentine colleagues - diagnosis was exceptional, and the level of training & expertise was outstanding. They spent more time with their patients and were able to "read" patients in a way that first world doctors struggled to.
But part of the reason they developed these skills was the lack of expensive diagnostic equipment, which forced them to rely on training and intuition.
I'm not sure whats best. When I first got here I was really impressed by how thorough private medicine was. But several months on, I sort of feel I'm doing the rounds a bit... Endless consults and diagnostics make a lot more money than someone taking an interest in the patient and trying to fix the problem.
Can you plese tell me your ages? I have been paying $360.00 dollars per month for my husband 61 and myself under 60. We live in the USA, but have no access to insurance there because of pre-existing conditions. He began to have some angina and the doctors wanted tests, which were very expensive. So, we got permission to travel to Argentina and the day after our arrival we had secured a "turno" with a cardiologis Doctora Donato, great doctor who speaks English. She put him in the CCU unit the same day. He began his exams and they all came back bad really bad, so he remained in the Hospital Aleman in CCU then in a private room until all the blood thining meds wore off (10 days) then underwent surgery; a quadruple bypass he spen 3 1/2 days in CCU then transfered to private room for 4 days. He is doing great but is anemic & depressed, tipical for this type of surgery. We are returning to the US on the 20th if Argentina Airlines gives the go ahead; the surgen has already signed the papers.ElQueso said:To give an idea of hospitialization costs - a good friend of my wife's went to Hospital Aleman a little over a year ago to have her baby. Her husband insisted that she get the best care. She was given a private room for two days. The total cost was $9,000 pesos, which at the time was about $3,000 dollars.
I would expect that cost to have risen since then, maybe as much as 30%?
I'm sure for a more common delivery experience the price would ahve been significantly lower.
Insurance here is cheap enough that I would not consider living here without it unless you are reasonably welathy and can afford whatever is thrown at you in life.
I don't agree that OSDE is necessarily the "best" because of the cost - it is certainly good insurance and the network has very good doctors, no doubt.
Hospital Aleman is a good hospital and has good doctors as well. I pay $550 pesos a month for two of us. HA is certainly competent for about anything that you would need done, in my opinion.
It all depends on how much you want/can afford to pay.
Just do not, ever, depend on public hospitals.