Anyway, we had to go see our family doctor here in Corozal, Dr. David Reyes, M.D., for some stuff related to Belize and the Immigration Department. Since I'm becoming less young than I used to be, of necessity, he found a couple of things about me that concerned him. Dianna, of course, is still 39. So, off we went to get those things checked out.
He wanted me to have an abdominal ultrasound done, so we went to La Ascencion Radiodiagnostics (http://laasuncionradiodiagnostics.com/) in Orange Walk. It just so happens, the Radiologist is Dr. Javier Reyes, M.D., a close relation of my doctor.
Here's a picture of the outside of the center in Orange Walk - a very nice place. Very professional and up-to-date. We were impressed. BTW, I 'borrowed' the photo from their website as I had forgotten to bring my camera, so my thanks to the Center for that as well.
|La Ascencion Radiodiagnostics|
|Looking Inside Myself|
Once we got to the center, our wait was reasonable, and the service was very professional. We got our x-rays first and then I went in for the ultrasound. I've never had one before, so it was interesting. Laying on the platform/bed, I even had a monitor up on the wall so I could see just what the radiologist was looking at at the same time. Pretty cool experience. And, I even got a souvenir CD out of it (that cost extra - $10.00 BZD).
Oh, you're interested in costs, eh? Ok, here's the breakdown. The Panabdominal Ultrasound cost $130.00 BZD, and the Chest X-rays - $75.00 BZD each. Don't forget the CD. We also paid 13.50 BZD to have the x-rays and the radiologist's report on them shipped to us via BPMS (Belize Package and Mail Service) - similar to UPS up north. The center had had a couple of emergency patients come in from the hospital and we would have had to wait for the reports till sometime that afternoon. So, it was easier to have BPMS bring them to Corozal, where I picked them up on Monday right after lunch. The grand total came to $303.50 BZD. Pretty reasonable, I think.
I must say, it was altogether a pleasing experience. Y'know, the longer we're here, we've been more and more impressed with the level of medical care available here in Belize. Maybe not necessarily at the government-run hospitals - but that care is essentially free, so you have to keep that in mind, but the range of services and the quality of care available through private clinics, etc., is nothing short of outstanding. Now, that comes from a couple of folks who's lifetime medical experiences are mostly military hospitals and clinics, with a somewhat limited civilian medical experience when we had careers after the military experiences, so we may have some sort of bias regarding levels of medical care.