Cataract Operation in the Philippines? What’s that all about, Dave?
This post was originally published back in August, 2009, when I had my eyes worked on. It’s been significantly updated and corrected to bring it up to 2011 standards. I have a real treat coming up over the next few days. A whole new aspect of cataract surgery and how you can get it in the Philippines … no need to pay the prices in “old number 37 USA”.
Remember the old Johnny Nash (yes, Nash, not Cash)song,
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright Sun-Shiny day.
Well that’s the way things are for me these days, Living here in Marilao, Bulacan, Republic of the Philippines.
More cataract operation in the Philippines information here.
Cataract Operation in the Philippines — Who Needs It
Some people (me included) up until a few years ago think that cataracts are something that old people suffer from. Although I’m likely older than many who read this blog. I\m not really that old yet … I’ll be 64 in a couple weeks, I’m almost a Baby Boomer.
But my vision, especially my night vision has been affected by cataracts for years now
(How come so young? Maybe years of staring onto microwave antennas, it’s great when the government tells you certain doses of radiation are ok, and then tells you, ooops, only 10th of that amount is what we should have said).
Anyway, here’s a good illustration of that the problem is … note the before picture on the right, where the two little boys are not only blurry but dark and off-color … that’s the closest illustration I have been able to find to show how my vision has been, and after, the picture on the left doesn’t do justice to how good my vision has become after a simple, 20 minute totally painless procedure.
So you might be asking me why I have suffered this way for so long when the answer seems so easy. Well, in good old American retiree tradition I could just use the one most common word uttered about medicine these days in the USA, cost.
The most common 2009 prices I can find for the procedure I had are between $3,000 USD to over $4,000 USD per eye, depending mainly on the type of lens the patient and doctor decide to use.
That is the average price for those who pay for their own surgery in the USA, by the way (yes, imagine that, there are folks on this earth who are not held hostage by insurance companies. The prices for those using health care insurance and Medicare can easily go to 10 times the [price I just quoted.
Yep, you heard me right, this whole magical, miracle hoopla and semi-revolution going on in my beloved US right now is mainly to protect a racket … the medical health insurance racket that is holding America hostage.
Here in the Philippines, Medicare won’t pay (of course not, they would save billions if they did), so I have a choice of reactivating my Federal Employee retiree health insurance, which I have suspended, just in case I am someday forced to return to the land of the medical rip offs, or paying for the operation from my own pocket.
Cataract Operation in the Philippines — How Much Did It Cost?
So, I paid. Philippine 1,000 Peso notes. 38 of them. About $806 USD on the date I paid. Yep, that’s right. About one forth of the cheapest price I have heard of recently in the US … or maybe one fortieth of the inflated insurance scam operations.
Cataract Operation in the Philippines — Did It Work?
My doctor is top-notch, he has an office not 10 minutes from my hose, he has a great staff, the hospital we used is totally adequate, the level of caring of the people I came in contact with is just amazing … and here is the proof of the pudding.
I can see great after my Cataract Operation in the Philippines!
I see so many folks coming here to get information about a possible move to the Philippines and so many of them are literally hung up on medical insurance costs or Medicare regulations. It is as if the medical insurance industry controls the USA, right up to the highest levels of government … of course the medical insurance segment doesn’t really rule the lives of the citizens of my once free country … does it?
So what else do you want to know about a Cataract Operation.