Saturday, January 14, 2017

How to Find Good Health Care in Nepal


One of the biggest mistakes tourists make is taking care of such things as dental and medical care prior to leaving their country, well that is if you are from somewhere like the US. Health care and dental are quite good in Nepal if you know where to go. I had a bad root canal from the US fixed and the dentist saved the tooth next to it at the same time. It was pretty painless, excellent sanitation, amazing price at a little less than $250 for both teeth that included 3 procedures that lasted 30-45 minutes each. The filament was actually growing into my jaw bone. I wouldn't even know which teeth he fixed, they came out so well.

I got sick and thought it was my heart. Turns out it was my lungs with an infection. They did everything for me and it only cost about $50. Although I'm not so sure I'd want open heart surgery done here, I'm quite pleased with the health care in Nepal.

There is CWIC at the British Embassy and if you have insurance you can go there, but it is crazy expensive! They wanted almost $100 to just see a doctor one time that I became ill shortly after arriving in Nepal. They turned me away because my insurance didn't like them, probably because it isn't near local prices.

How to find great health care:
1. First, you'll want to get a good referral. You can post a question on the KTMKTM group on google or ask another tourist. Do not ask a Nepali unless they are wealthy or in the medical profession. 
2. Use a hospital with an international presence. When I got sick with the lung issue I went to a hospital with a Japanese presence. When I sprained my ankle I went to the Korean Friendship Hospital. It wasn't quite as nice, but it was fine. I had to laugh because they only had a squat toilet, which was impossible with one good leg. That's the difference. It was quite nice, but on a Korean level. There are some great hospitals with German or Netherlands support that will be near what you'd expect in those countries. There is a new, cardiac hospital, but I don't remember who is funding it. It's quite nice-really impressive.
3. Remember to ask questions and have the doctor write everything down for you. This seems like a no brainer, but the doctors don't seem to communicate well. I ask my Nepali friends after they've been to the hospital, 'What did the doctor say was wrong?' They usually say, 'Fever.' You really need to take charge of your own body. Do not just go along with what they want to do. Remember, there is no medical malpractice anything in Nepal. They screw up, you get an 'oops.'

4. Take advantage of alternative medical practices. There are Buddhist healers, Hindu astrologers and palm readers and even Shaman. Additionally, there are babbas and monks who are quite talented healers. One time my driver was taking me on a motorcycle ride and when he hit a pot-hole my shoulder' ligament got pulled and seemed to take forever to heal. My day helper finally took me to a healer in an old part of Kathmandu, up a small, dark staircase. He blew on my shoulder and hit it with a small broom like they sweep the floor with and blew on it. That was it; I was healed.  Unfortunately, I lost contact with that healer.

There is an Ayuvedic healing center just outside of Bhaktapur that I'd previously written about here on this blog. Although a bit pricey for Nepal, they are unusually clean and have doctors trained in both Western and Eastern medicine. There are also some skin clinics in Kathmandu, as well as Tibetan medical clinics in Thamel, Boudha and probably elsewhere. The Tibetan clinics have excellent high altitude sickness medication. As I suggest in my eBook, Nepal: A Tourist's Manual, getting a discreet medical test in Nepal can help to either put your mind to rest or help you to consider some options.

It can be a challenge, but you can find excellent health care here. I highly suggest including a few days to take advantage of whatever medical services you can while you are here.



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