Medical Costs In Panama

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“Then, lo and behold, your letters started arriving again, after a year. I’m not sure why. At first, I was having them go into the spam folder. But I have now moved them into my e-mail inbox and again look forward to reading them each day. Thanks!”

— John P., Canada

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“Kathleen, I was reading your recent e-letter containing a letter from a reader commenting on her experiences with the costs of medical care in Panama, and I thought I would let you know about my recent experience going to the dentist in this country.

“I found out at my exam that I needed not one but two root canals, so I made an appointment for the next day to have the work done. Keep in mind that I am 60 years old and have never had a root canal before. Now I find myself living in Panama and asking myself, ‘Do I want to go to the dentist here or do I want to try to live with the pain and wait until I go back to the States to see a dentist there?’

“I chose to go to the dentist in Panama, and I am very glad I did. It was the best experience I have ever had at the dentist. The root canals took about two hours, and I have to say there was no pain. The hardest part was holding my mouth open for two hours. The best part was the bill. Each root canal cost US$400.

“I talked to my sister in California last night, and she had just come from the dentist because she needed a root canal. It cost her US$1,200 for one. So my US$400 was a pretty good deal.

“I found out that I need a crown, as well. It will cost another US$400, compared with the US$800 my sister had to pay in the States.

“Bottom line, total cost for a root canal and crown in Panama is US$800. The total cost for my sister’s root canal and crown in California was US$2,000. Not a bad deal.

“Plus, my mouth has not felt this good in a long time. I can now eat ice cream without it killing me because of the cold!”

— Gary M., Panama

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