|Me, up and mobile, here's to better days!|
I'm actually quite surprised at the cost of medical treatment here. (In a good way.) As a Canadian, the whole concept of paying to see a doctor is a bit odd, but we're no strangers to coughing over for "alternate" treatments like massage therapy, chiropractic work, physio etc.
This is how it's broken down so far (in US dollars):
* Massage therapy: $40 for two one hour sessions (an introductory rate)
* Impromptu visit to Physiotherapist: $15 (including compression, electro-stimulation,
massage and assigned stretches.
* Chiropractor: $25 initial consult and $15 an adjustment thereafter = $70
(I have one more appointment, so add another $15)
* Doctor: 5 visits $90, including 12 injections and x-ray consult, prescriptions etc
* X-rays: 2 for $25
* Physiotherapy: 10 sessions at $6.50 each (this is a partially government funded
Association) = $65
What I haven't included is the medications. I've blown through 27 muscle relaxants, uncountable amounts of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, plus some minorly scary opioid pills to manage the pain. I'm now looking forward to 5 B-Complex injections in the glutes for anti-inflammatory and analgesic purposes. This also give me "pep" and can help correct nerve damage (if any). Be warmed photos of the needles to follow. The B shots were the most expensive of the medications prescribed (strangely) @ $22.70 for the 5. I figure I'm up to around $40 for pain management. The biggest surprise is that you can't book appointments for a lot of this stuff, you go, wait in line and get treated on a first come first serve basis. I can call my Doctor to see if he's in the office, but besides that everything is pretty casual. (This excludes the North American's working down here, but the Ecuadorians seem patently uninterested in arranging set times for appointments. If you've been here long enough, this likely isn't a surprise.)
|Not too scary, right?|
|The needle 1 inch+ of metal for deep muscle access|
|The B-complex mix|
|Locked and loaded|
It may seem steep, as a Canadian, for medical care, but if I take into account the supplementary treatments that are only partially included, I think I'm actually well ahead of the game. The down side is I can't claim it on my taxes. So that's the state of things. I won't know until after Christmas how the treatments are working, but I'm hoping to feel some minor relief before then, again, fingers crossed!
PS, the vitamin injection was stingy once the liquid was being injected - the needle prick wasn't bad at all - thank you Nurse Ron!