(June 30, 2014)
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What $200 will Buy at a Peru Hospital
To the Editor:
Yesterday I stopped in at a Peru hospital for a routine exam. Of the three hospitals in Iquitos, I chose Ana Stahl Clinic that the ex-pats frequent rather than the two larger public hospitals where my $200 would have stretched about 30% farther. The Ana Stahl facility is modern and clean with the amenities of a medium-sized U.S. hospital and about a dozen staff doctors including four who speak English. I walked in cold without an appointment and my Visa card, and this is what I received instantly and professionally in two hours for $200:
A 30-minute consultation with an English speaking doctor. Lab tests and same day interpretation including complete blood analysis, liver & kidney function, exams for malaria, Chagas, Dengue, fecal and urine scan, cholesterol & triglyceride, glucose tolerance, and a couple more. In addition, there was an upper body radiograph and ECG.
I was given a clean bill of health to walk the trails and hobo the Amazon tributaries.
Somewhere in the Amazon between Perú & Brazil - June 24, 2014
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