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Bayawan What a great little town

Discussion in 'Surrounding Areas' started by DavyL200, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. Plainspoken

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    I know this thread is not about health care but there are many posts about it here. There is really not much to discuss about health care in the Philippines. I have been treated at Chong Hua in Cebu as an outpatient and as an inpatient at Silliman here. Both hospitals used 1950's US equipment, 1980's methods, and charged 1950's US prices. At Silliman they gave me a choice of a private room in the new building or the old building and were very accommodating. Contrary to one post elsewhere on DI, they do provide personal items to the patients, however, you have to ask for the "Convenience Pack", and you have to pay for it, just like in the USA. Difference is in the USA they just give it to you and put it on the bill. Here they are surprised you are willing to pay the 2 or 300 for the items. I had a good experience at both facilities, possibly due to having very cooperative Dr's. Some expats have found Dr's whose treatment they are delighted with but for the most part it will prove out that this is a Third World Country, with Third World facilities, and Third World training for Dr's and nurses. I have a couple of Dr's that I rely on for meds and I get my blood work at Precision in Cebu, they are owned by LabCorps in the USA and their work seems to be ok. I get a full blown, all the bells and whistles physical once a year in the US. If I feel pain, I get on a plane. I have had a couple of illnesses here that the Dr's could not cure so I returned to the US and got proper treatment. One visit required a hospital stay. I know that I may have an accident or some unforeseen trauma but I do what I can to minimize my risk. I know that some on this forum have had life saving experiences with the medical treatment here and I applaud that. The reality is, however, that those stories are the exception rather than the rule. Sorry to reiterate but it is a Third World Country. Tuberculosis and rabies, (often from rat bites), are still common here and the medical training, care and treatment are way, way down the list in any world ranking you want to look at. I would say to try to protect your health and have an exit plan if you develop a problem. Your body often gives you warning. Last tip. I did fly once with a noncommunicable disease that still caused fever. If you have fever don't fly through Tokyo as they scan your forehead to see if you have fever and if you do you will be detained. Good health and luck to all, including myself. Stay aware and safe.
     
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    I noticed you don't have a military service showing up in under your avatar, so I'm guessing you aren't getting VA benefits. I'm curious if you pay your medicare insurance, so you can do that or just pay out of pocket when you return to the US. Do most non-military experience Americans pay for Medicare even though they can't use it to make sure it's available if they have to go to the US? Do some not pay and just go to places like Thailand where you can get very good out of pocket medical care?
     
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    I have medicare and pay for an "F Plan" supplemental insurance policy, plus "Part D" of course. Medical care in or out of the hospital in the USA costs me nothing. No deductible, No copay, and the "F Plan" even pays what they consider "excess charges". (the Dr's bill is too high). I don't need a consult to see a specialist either. The Supplement pays 60 per cent here but I have to pay and get reimbursed. I've never filed as my bills here have been small. It is with United Health Care and is expensive but I don't like having to do all that copay and keeping up with deductibles, etc. I am trying to stay safe and healthy until I go back to the US for good in another year or two so I go back periodically to get "tuned up".
     
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    When my friend was in Silliman they seemed surprise she would pay for a bowl to vomit in! I assume had she vomited over the bed there would have been a greater charge for changing and washing the bedding (and, as a bonus, she got to keep the 'vomit bowl'!).

    Will they treat the detained person in Japan for free? Could be useful for anyone with a fever.... just fly to Japan.
     
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    I think the lack of replies, even though you asked twice, may be the answer to that one! :smile:

    But I suppose: walking on the Boulevard/beach; swimming in the small unheated pool opposite Prince Hypermart; going up the mountains to visit waterfalls; sitting in the Park at night and watching the coloured fountain.
     
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    There's always karaoke! :wink:
     
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    Are these also available in Bayawan: fitness center, badminton and/or chess?
     
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    The world is one big free fitness center. Badminton nets and chess boards are cheap...then all you need is a friend or two.
     
  9. osodelnorte

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    hahahaha.. if you are coming to bayawan for excitement and fine cuisine you had better bring it with you.. if you love chicken then you will love it.. everyone sells chicken.. its a sleepy town on the verge of waking up.. but for now there is no need for a 9 pm curfew.. because that is when it goes to sleep.. its an agricultural area.. early to bed early to rise.. however, if you hook up with the locals there are many swimming holes to enjoy.. and a few good beaches north nearer to basay.. a motor bike is required and a car will make you lots of friends... its too hot and humid to walk far...
     
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    my recommendations.. try it.. and always be wise when and where you find yourself..
     
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