Highlights of the Peruvian Medical System:
- It's a la carte. You tell them if you need an x-ray, what kind of doctor you need and if you want the cast now.
- Pay as you go. X-ray, doctor visit, materials, cast - each paid for seperately throughout the process.
- Go with the least common denominator. I'm not really sure I needed a cast and the doctor didn't examine me for more than 10 seconds. He touched my ankle till it hurt, said it was broken, looked at the x-ray and said it wasn't broken but that I "compromised the ligament" which I'm not real sure what that means. But there's no harm in a cast so why not go for it.
- Multitask whenever possible. While Hannah was buying the cast and materials (including the doctor's rubber gloves) another patient entered the room with a needle and medicine, took off his shirt and the doctor administered a shot right in front of me.
The cost of medical care:
- x-ray $3
- doctor visit $5 (I think we paid for this twice by accident)
- putting on the cast $8
- cast and materials $7
- prescription medicine $2.50
The whole time I felt I was in the DMV getting my licensed renewed and in the end, the process took only 45 min and cost a little over $25. We still have to rent/buy crutches which are only available at one particular hospital. I'm not in much pain and I'm improving my hopping skills by the minute. I have to wear the cast for 15-20 days and can either take it off myself or return for another $5 doctor visit.