Years ago, I fractured a tendon in my left ring finger and lately the joint in my finger has become quite crooked. I have been postponing surgery for it since the cost is so high in the U.S. Now that I work for Gran Pacifica and travel back and forth regularly to Central America, I decided to inquire about having the surgery performed in Nicaragua. Turns out I didn’t have to spend too much effort on my quest for treatment. Several employees at Gran Pacifica told me about their own personal experiences with various doctors at the Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas in Managua, and highly recommended I seek my medical treatment there. In particular, a married couple whom I am friends with that live at Gran Pacifica recommended that I see Dr. Dino Aguilar, an orthopedic surgeon who conveniently has an office there in the hospital. After I researched Dr. Dino online and read his resume, I didn’t hesitate to make an appointment to see him on my next trip to Nicaragua, especially since healthcare costs in Nicaragua are a fraction of what they are in the U.S.
A few weeks later, upon my arrival at Gran Pacifica, I mentioned to my friends how I took their advice and set up an appointment to see Dr. Dino. They kindly offered to take me to my appointment since they were going to Managua that same day to do some shopping. Managua is about an hour’s drive from Gran Pacifica.
Once I arrived at my appointment, I filled out the required paperwork and saw the doctor soon after. He and his nurse were extremely pleasant and professional and spoke very good English. He conducted an ultrasound on my finger and talked to me about his impression. Then he instructed me to walk downstairs to the Imaging Center and get an x-ray done. So, I walked downstairs, paid $40 upfront for the x-rays, and waited in the waiting room for my name to be called. After obtaining my x-ray and the radiologist report, I walked back upstairs and met with Dr. Dino again. He looked at the report and discussed with me the surgery and costs. The total cost for everything would be $3,500. In my own research the cost would be over $8,500 in the United States. Dr. Dino then told me I could schedule the surgery online once I was ready and bid me “Adios Amiga”. I went to the front desk to pay my bill and it was only $63. My total cost for everything that day was $103 U.S. dollars. Again, this included the doctor’s office visit, ultrasound, x-ray (they give you the x-ray to take home), and a finger splint. That was all without insurance of course. My appointment was at 11am and I was back in my friend’s car at 12:40pm.
To say the least, that was the best doctor’s visit experience I have ever had.