There was an interesting Tuesday Talk, actually a discussion at the BCP yesterday. It was an open question and answer for those who attended and wanted to learn more about Boquete. A lot of new faces where there.
The major thrust was about healthcare. Healthcare is a frequent topic for expat and locals alike. It is even more important to expats who have retired here, as we age we accelerate the process of physical disintegration. Although in this Shangri-La it does appear to slow down for many people.
Because this topic has been discussed many time before want to point to all the past articles and do a fast summary. If you want to pick and read from years of posts try this link.
This is the fast summary of medical care options in Boquete Panama.
Panama has a three tier healthcare system all paths are open to all people. There is the MINSA or Salud system which offers low cat services to all. A doctors visit is $0.50 and the Salud clinic in Boquete is located next to Romero; the green building. Expect a long wait and limited resources.
Caja de Seguro Social has a clinic across from the Bomberos in Boquete. It is Blue building and if you pay into Seguro Social you and your family can get free healthcare there. If not you can still use it a very low cost, again $0.50 for a consultation. Except long waits but good service. It closes early about 3pm and is being replaced with a new larger clinic in Alto Boquete which will have emergency services. Hopefully the political change will not prevent this from happening.
Finally there is a parallel private system with an increasing number of private doctors in Boquete. Office visits vary from $5 to $12 depending on doctor. Some still do house calls at a higher rate.
If you need more it will be in David. The Private hospitals are Mae Lewis and Hospital Chiriqui. There are two public hospitals, Regional and Obaldia, a children’s hospital. More here. link.
For those who want health insurance in Panama, it is easy to get if you are young and do not have preexisting conditions. For the rest it can be a challenge. More on that at this link.
With all of that said other topics discussed were about US veterans and water. I ended up speaking a bit about the water issues here. I have written so much about water I will pass on adding more for now.
With that the discussion moved to a close and I will have an announcement later this week about the much debated future of the Tuesday Meetings.