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Dominican Republic - Hospitals
The second type of hospital is the major world class hospitals available in the capital, Santo Domingo and Santiago. These hospitals have the latest equipment and top medical professionals. They have private facilities, but even the public facilities will be two bedded rooms with bathroom. The health care is not free and payment will need to be made for the room and the medical help. All take insurance though. For example a hip replacement will cost around US$7000 and a broken leg around US$2000 including everything. These hospitals will carry out everything including organ transplants and some, although not all of the staff will speak English.
All Dominican hospitals will always put all patients on a saline drip immediately, and will also almost always administer IV antibiotics, whatever the problem. In addition the nursing staff do not perform the same duties as in the UK and USA, in that they only administer the injections, change dressings etc. The family is supposed to look after the patient, bathe them and provide food, and most family members will stay with the patient around the clock.
Clinica Abreu, Calle Beller #42
Tel: 809 688 4411
Plaza de la Salud
Calle Pepillo Salcedo
Tel: 809 565 9989
Hospital Metropolitan de Santiago (HOMS)
Tel: 829 947 2222
Centro Medico Bournigal
Tel: 809 586 2342
Centro Medico Cabarete
Tel: 809 571 4696
Tel: 809 686 1414
This guide was compiled with the help of Lindsay de Feliz, a British expat blogger living in the Dominican Republic. Visit her blog at yoursaucepans.blogspot.com.
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