I was lucky enough to visit the Vivian Pellas Hospital in Managua, Nicaragua—and not as a patient. After all, who wants to go to the Hospital? However, stuff happens, and everybody wants good care when it’s needed.
What I’ve seen and heard of Vivian Pellas Hospital
From everything I’ve heard and experienced, this Hospital does an excellent job caring for patients, and it is on a par with, if not better, than any Hospital I have ever been in.
My neighbor at Gran Pacifica Resort went there for a planned replacement knee operation and then recovered at his home in Gran Pacifica; he was completely satisfied. The entire surgery—pre-planning tests, follow-up visits with a doctor, physiotherapy—cost approximately $15,000.
If that wasn’t great in itself, Vivian Pellas is the only JCI-accredited (Joint Commission International) Hospital in Nicaragua and much of the services and information can be found on their website.
On the other hand, there’s an added benefit for those seeking a more natural, ”non-western“ medical experience: The Naturaleza store, located next to the Hospital, has all kinds of remedies, vitamins, and resources, so we also paid a visit.
Different natural shampoos that you can choose in La Naturaleza
The Health Club as a Benefit for Nationals and Expats
One of the best things that I want to emphasize about this Hospital is their “Club de la Salud” (Health Club) plans for Infants, Adults, and Seniors alike, which give significant discounts on services at the Hospital. In fact, I even got to utilize them last year when I fractured my wrist in two places.
A small group of us were given a tour of the Hospital by Ms. Karla Urbina Tellez, who explained these benefits. Basically, this Club is a “discount savings program” in 3 categories sorted by age: Infants (0-16 years), Adults (17-64), and Seniors (65-100).
Meeting Ms. Urbina at the Lobby
Contrary to last year, when you join the club, there’s no waiting period for the benefits and discounts to apply. Another great benefit from the previous years is that they expanded their discounts between 10-15%. For example, the fee for the Infant program is $30.00/month, Adults is $30-60.00/month, and Seniors $45.00/month.
As a matter of fact, I can give you a personal example.
My Experience with the Health Club
As I had the Seniors’ Gold Plan, I used an Emergency room, got medications, X-rays, my consultation with an Orthopedist, and a splint for $500.00. Plus, there was no waiting, and they did their best to lessen my “white coat syndrome.”
I can compare this experience to one of my family members, who had to wait a full month in Sacramento, CA for a specialist and a short operation, and also had to pay 4x the price I paid in Nicaragua for the pleasure. I often talk to our customers in Nicaragua about the price of healthcare premiums. Mine is $680.00 a year because they give me a 10% discount for paying it early. You can guess how happy I am that I’m not going bankrupt!
On the other hand, although the Brochures were in Spanish, it’s quite easy to find the Club’s main website on the internet. Ms. Tellez said the brochures were being prepared in English, but they were not yet ready.
Staff kindly showing us the Pharmacy during the tour
She also explained that there are fewer restrictions in the Club now, as it currently covers cancer, diabetes, and cardiac services.
Moreover, the Hospital works with many international insurance companies, CIGNA being one of them. She mentioned that patients may come in with prescriptions from other Doctors, and the Hospital can and will work with those too.
What else is at store?
After talking about the Health Club, I asked her about the Medical Tourism Packages at Vivian Pellas. She stated that, as of March 2018, they would see up to 100 people a month coming in from other countries for common procedures like fractures, gallbladder stones, appendectomy procedures, plastic surgeries, and other common operations.
The Hospital had a specialized staff member assigned to set up housing rehabilitation and any other services, in order to make it easy for patients to come and get their procedures done quickly. Naturally, because of the political situation, the numbers of people coming in has dropped, but she fully expects them to pick up again.
Different buildings compose the Hospital
Besides all of this, there are doctors and dentists who specialize in Medical Tourism and at least 5 major Hospitals in Managua, including a brand new one for emergency services and children. You can also find many resources online regarding medical information such as the U.S. Embassy.
Indeed, Healthcare is truly a need when planning to, or living overseas, so I personally recommend a visit to this Hospital to see what they offer.
ECI Development delivers affordable luxury residence and resort communities in Central America, providing our clients with various premier lifestyle options from the Caribbean to the Pacific. ECI delivers inspired residences for adventurous souls.
Coupled with over 20 years of inherent corporate social responsibility in the communities where we work, ECI Development is building a sustainable business that is going to be around for the next 100+ years.