I am still running on some of my pills for pain and blood pressure left over from my week in the hospital up here in Miami. I'm counting down the pills. Got five days left supply in two bottles. Had to get a new supply of the pain pills., Got a prescription from the specialist doctor in a hospital we visited the other day,. which cost basically $90 usa for the doctor and then the pills cost another $100, Not sure how many they are?
I tried to skip two of my pill bottles yesterday to stretch them out. Had a helluva bad night for pain and this morning. ( Level 5 out of 10 ) Bad idea that.. The trouble was the doctor said; he could not give me prescriptions for two other pills I'm running low on. It wasn't in his speciality. He was not allowed to.
I'm doing the rough financial math and four pills would cost be about $400 usa a week. Not including the extortion racket they run here with doctors writing prescriptions, or referring you to other doctors claiming specialities, that build up the money flow in the medical business around here. That is more money than my wife and I have as combined income on a monthly basis. There is no way in HELL we can afford medicine in the USA. We are officially below the poverty line for joint income, both in Belize and in the USA.
Belize, like most Latin and Caribbean countries, imports GENERICS and most of the generics come from countries like Lithuiania, or Sri Lanka, Turkey and other odd ball places in the world. Usually they also only contain the ACTIVE INGREDIENT only. Compared to the USA this makes them modestly expensive to local wages and cost of living. But nothing like the USA medicine costs. It's amazing how many of the heavily touted advertised USA drugs are basically humbug, with doubtful statistics when you read up on them. In the meantime. I'm to do a STATE MEDICAID phone interview today. See if I could acquire financial assistance for the future should it become necessary., Tomorrow we fly out of here back to Belize if possible. To start CHEMO in Dangriga CANCER CLINIC, either end of week, or first day next week ? First thing on arrival is to go to drug store and renew the two bottles of pills I need replacements for. CAN'T TAKE THIS CONSTANT PAIN THINGY.
If your old and sick, you need Medicare A,B and C in the USA. Or you need MEDICAID which pays everything for older people, if you qualify. Which I don't. Our below poverty level income flow is $70 usa a month over the level to qualify for Medicaid.
Anyway just ruminating on the different costs for Belizeans and those with dual nationality that can access MEDICARE and or MEDICAID in old age. Or those who do not, and our SOCIALIST SYSTEM OF HEALTH CARE IN BELIZE., In my case for medical costs, BELIZE beats the USA hands down. NO CONTEST ! I wonder how the medical care costs are in Vienna where one of my daughter's has just moved to?
An opposing view from my oldest daughter.
The cost of pills & medical care for the average belizean on average salary is still extremely expensive same as the US. It may be inexpensive for an expat living in Belize with income from outside of Belize but not so for a belizean person who does not have such an income. Moreover, the belize health system is good for minor cuts & bruises but not much else. One example is that you could never in 1 1/2 yrs get a biopsy & results done there, you can't get radiation done there, open heart surgery is not available or done on a consistent basis there etc.-they lack the training, equipment and medicines needed. Much as you malign the USA, it it still the best place to get advanced medical services such as your biopsy and ct & PET scans and the appropriate medicines needed. Even the Belize prime minister's wife receives her breast cancer treatment at Baptist Hospital -Miami same as you did and does not have faith in the Belize sysem for a cure. If you want to survive an advanced illness in Belize you need to leave the country and seek treatment elsewhere otherwise you most likely will die there from lack of services. There are pros and cons to each system. I would much rather take my chances at great expense to get the proper care in a US hospital than to have cheap/inexpensive bungled up care where due to lack of training and equipment and procedures they can't tell what you have and misdiagnose you until you die. Over the counter pain pill cheap access does not cure an illness either, it just masks the symptoms of disease. Pretty scary that anyone can get a hold of any drugs so easily. That may also be one of the reasons the country is blacklisted as a drug haven.
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