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    No insurance is taken by the hospital, lab or doctors on the island. You pay the bill and send it in to your insurance carrier when you get home and you will get most of your money refunded unless you are on Medicare. I posted my experience above and when I got home sent all of the bills in to Medicare and was told in no uncertain terms that no citizen on Medicare is covered outside of the United States. That's our medical system. We now take private insurance for each out of the states trip we take and it is very reasonable.

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    2 years ago a bunch of us (girls) we on the island for "girls week out"--one of the girls crashed a quad. broke all her ribs on one side, including her shoulder blade. She spent 5 days in the hospital there and had very good care. Her bill upon check out..including the doctor was $1200.00---amazing....especially since I crashed a quad 2 months ago, broke 8 ribs, and my nose and a bone around my eye, spent 7 days in the hospital to the tune of $76,000.00 and that's NOT including the doctors ( of which there were many).....Anyway, I ramble--- her care was good and when she got back to the states her doctor told her they did exactly what would have been done here.
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    Smile Emergency Hospitalization in Aruba and medical insurance

    Hello Fellow Arubaphyles,

    I did a search of the board and couldn't find current information on this topic so I thought I would post it again.

    I recently experienced an MI and cardiac bypass and fortunately have had a good recovery so far. I have medical clearance to take my trip in June but was wondering if anyone has experienced a cardiac episode in Aruba and sought care at the local hospital. If so, (and I hope the outcome was good) would you be willing to share your experience.

    I am also looking for information/recommedations for travel medical insurance (just in case, as my medical carrier will not cover services outside the US.)

    Looking forward to my 22nd return to paradise on June 3rd!!!

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    we are all glad that you are feeling well enough to travel.
    many good wishes for your good health.

    the aruban hospital is quite good.

    http://www.aruba.com/ExploreAruba/is...dlSectionLnk17

    and

    http://www.arubahospital.com/

    a friend, had a cardiac incident there 2 yrs ago this month and was very pleased with the care.

    also too, she had to pay upfront using her credit card and her medicare, supplement and trip insurance covered the whole thing. the only out of pocket expense was the money she paid for the trip insurance.

    i hope that you get many other replies here on this thread.

    good luck and have a wonderful time.
    also too check out
    there are many plans listed.
    you can actually do a comparison.
    http://www.insuremytrip.com

    andrea
    Quote Originally Posted by ArubaSue View Post
    Hello Fellow Arubaphyles,

    I did a search of the board and couldn't find current information on this topic so I thought I would post it again.

    I recently experienced an MI and cardiac bypass and fortunately have had a good recovery so far. I have medical clearance to take my trip in June but was wondering if anyone has experienced a cardiac episode in Aruba and sought care at the local hospital. If so, (and I hope the outcome was good) would you be willing to share your experience.

    I am also looking for information/recommedations for travel medical insurance (just in case, as my medical carrier will not cover services outside the US.)

    Looking forward to my 22nd return to paradise on June 3rd!!!
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 05-14-2010 at 01:38 PM.

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    Glad to hear you are doing well.

    There is also a non-profit "heart clinic" in Aruba that you can read about at http://www.visitaruba.com/about-arub...eart_Institute this was reassuring for us also as my husband has some heart issues and we spend most of our winter in Aruba. Luckily we haven't had to partake of the services and I hope you don't have to either while on vacation.

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    I certainly hope that your trip is perfect without any medical emergencies. Obviously, with Andra and other monitors and members advising; you have the tools for checking services that are available regarding insurance and medical facilities.

    Good luck; have a care-free; relaxing wonderful time in "Paradise."

    Ed

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    and speaking of aruba hospital..... from today's AMIGOE

    Hospital to train next specialists from the Netherlands
    12 Mei, 2010, 08:29 (GMT -04:00)

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    Margreeth van der Meijde, director of the Institute for education and training the VUmc, signs the cooperation agreement with the Horacio Oduber Hospital.

    ORANJESTAD — Doctors in training with the medical centre of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUcm) could complete one’s internship in the final phase on their specialty on Aruba.

    The Horacio Oduber Hospital (HOH) and VUmc had signed a five-year cooperation agreement yesterday. The interns will follow local specialists who are also following a course on how to teach them. In addition, HOH will cooperate with the Amstel academy of VUmc in the field of the nursing specialist care. Specialized nurses from VUmc could undergo further training here by following a number of courses. A point requiring consideration regards the placement of Doctors of Medicine from VU in HOH to start their specialty. That also applies for postdoctoral training for doctors and HOH’s participation with scientific research at VU.

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    However, the Horacio Oduber Hospital still has to accomplish a thing or two in order to reach the level of the regional hospitals where VUmc is already sending their doctors in training. Important criterion is that VUmc will constantly test HOH’s functioning. “We realize this is the beginning of a long road in which we will gradually increase our cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit”, says hospital director Boesten. “VU will become important for the quality of the care provided here.” According to him, the cooperation agreement is important for Aruba. “A hospital will benefit from functioning in a network of hospitals.” Boesten points out that Aruba has only one hospital, which location is also isolated. The agreement is the result of many years’ negotiations and conversations between both institutes. “In that, we had taken no chances. We had consulted with the board first, and Aruban specialists had subsequently visited the Vrije Universiteit. Professors from the Vrije Universiteit had visited the island to observe the mode of operation and the provision of medical specialist care.”

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    According to Margreeth van der Meijde, director of the Institute for education and training of VUmc, the cooperation agreement is a ‘scenario’ where one views in which manner both medical institutes could cooperate. The Minister of Public Health and Sports, Richard Visser (AVP) views the arrival of the Dutch interns as an improvement of the quality of the care. “This way, we will be tested constantly, with additional assistance and observation.”









    Quote Originally Posted by Edronenburg View Post
    I certainly hope that your trip is perfect without any medical emergencies. Obviously, with Andra and other monitors and members advising; you have the tools for checking services that are available regarding insurance and medical facilities.

    Good luck; have a care-free; relaxing wonderful time in "Paradise."

    Ed

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    Glad to hear you are doing well, and enjoy your trip in June. The more positive the better your health is, and it seems you are doing great. As Andrea said, do hospitals in Aruba are great, my co-worker caught pneumonia in Aruba and stayed about 2 weeks but it was great, she loved it.

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    My daughter had emergency surgery in Aruba about 5 years ago. The doctors, surgeon and level of care were excellent. She found the Dutch interns very attractive as well . Don't expect semi private or private rooms unless things have changed--my daughter was in a room with 6 beds. And, as in the US, the food is terrible .

    You do have to pay upfront with your credit card. We had to pay the surgeon separately at his office in order to get her discharged from the hospital. Cost of surgery, two pints of blood, meds, four days in hospital and misc...
    $ 2400!!! Since she was hospitalized on a Saturday I had my dad call Blue Cross first thing Monday am to apprise them of the situation. They asked us to bring back copies of all the bills and submit them (make sure you make a copy because they always lose them!) After losing the first round of paperwork we were reimbursed in about a month. BC probably thanked their lucky stars she was operated on in Aruba as that surgery would have easily cost 10 times as much in the US!

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    For what it's worth, my wife is a cardiac care nurse at a major hospital. On several occasions they have had med-flights come in from Aruba with pepole having severe cardiac episodes. She was always impressed with the level of care patients received at the hospital in Aruba before being transported. Hopefully, you won't need to go to the hospital and you can enjoy your vacation.

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