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Dominican Republic - Doctors, Dentists and Other Health Services
All doctors are very keen on carrying out all types of analysis before making a diagnosis. The patient will find themselves having to have blood tests, x-rays and a whole range of procedures even if only going to the doctor with a sore throat. These analyses will add significantly to the cost of the doctor’s visit. In addition, the new expat should be aware that the use of antibiotics is very high and irrespective of the ailment, the chances are that the patient will be prescribed a large dose of antibiotics. There is a list at the Public Health Ministry of all licensed doctors by specialty hence it is easy to confirm the qualifications of any doctor.
All medical services are private and the majority of expats will pay using insurance. However, not all insurances cover dental treatment and even those which do will expect a contribution from the patient. As far as doctors are concerned, not all will take insurance and those that do will not take all insurances. Again a contribution is necessary. The best thing to do is to find the local clinic you will mostly use and once you have discovered which insurance they take, then take out that insurance.
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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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