$10 Doctor Visit

Doctor Visit in PanamaA few weeks ago I woke up with a sore throat.  The next day we drove from our 4600 foot elevation to about 2500 feet and I got severe ear pressure.  I could barely hear.  When we drove back to a higher elevation the pressure went away but then I got blocked sinuses and started sneezing.  Over the counter drugs did little good. By day 3, I was feeling miserable and finally went to a doctor in Boquete.  I had no appointment but was seen right away.  He looked in my ears, nose and throat and listened to my chest then told me I had a sinus and ear infection.  He gave me antibiotics for a week and ear drops plus told me to continue taking the over the counter drugs.

I asked how much.  I have international health insurance and was prepared to use it.

But, I was pleasantly surprised at his reply.  $10 for the doctor visit, antibiotics and ear drops.  Plus, he gave me his cell phone and said if I was not feeling better in a few days to call him.  He makes house calls for $20.

Imagine getting that kind of service for that price in the USA!

Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

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  1. Victor E More says

    Couple of retirees US cits presently living in neighboring Colombia, wish to relocate in Panama under a Retiree visa, but in your info I do not see a tour to towns on the beach whic is where we wish to relocate to; you just speak about Boquetes, mailnly and Chitre or Chriqui but make no mention of on trhwe bah locations. Can you pleae give me some info about those locations?

    • Panama Relocation Tours says

      During the tour we do visit several beach areas including Gorgona, Coronado, Santa Clara and Las Tablas. There are also beach towns in Chiriqui. Puerto Armuellas is becoming more popular and it is very affordable.

      In the Live for Less article I do talk about prices in Boquete because that’s where I live

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