JudyS Posted January 6, 2016 Share Posted January 6, 2016 (edited) I found an email from long ago from an expat who had successfully enrolled in the Panamanian health insurance program through Seguro Social. I had forgotten about it (2006) and don't know anybody else who has done it, but it might be an option. It would not pay for the private hospitals and clinics, but would pay for the public ones. Here is the text of the email explaining how he did it. Quote I went to the Panamá Seguro Social office in Beautiful Downtown Boquete, which is between BDB's main street and El Constructor, the big hardware store that is on the next corner on that side of the street. I presented our Turista Pensionado visa cards, mine, my wife's and our two childrens', and told them that I wanted to enroll us in their healthcare plan on a ' pago voluntario ' basis. They then filled out a form for an examination at their local ' polyclinica ', their medical clinic and asked me to go there for a medical examination. A medical examination was not necessary for either my wife nor for our two children. My age was 67 at the time of application. The next morning at 6:00 AM, I arrived at their polyclinica, which is approximately two blocks from Romero's in the direction of David and made an appointment for later that same day. There was a fee of 50¢ for the doctor's appointment that day since we weren't yet members of their healthcare plan. The doctor examined me, asked a series of questions relating to my health status and gave me several forms requesting various healthcare tests to be presented to their laboratory there in the same building. Following the doctor's request not to have anything to eat or drink after I woke up the next morning, I returned to the clinic with my various bodily function samples nestled in the containers that the clinic had previously provided and presented them to the laboratory with the appropriate forms that the doctor had given me. They then drew a blood sample for testing. I returned the next morning at 6:00 AM and made an appointment with the doctor for that day and picked up my lab test results. The doctor reviewed the test results and filled out a form stating that my current state of health qualified me for enrollment in the plan. I returned to the Seguro Social office, handed them the form that the doctor had executed and they requested that my wife and I take the form that then prepared to Panamá's immigrations office in David along with a copy of our Turista Pensionada visas and passports. I gave all of this and, as I recall, a $5.00 processing fee for each of the two requests, to the clerk there in the immigration office. Approximately one month later, the forms were completed and I picked them up and presented them to the Seguro Social office in BDB. We then made our initial monthly premium payment of ± $54.00. They said that all of the completed forms would then be submitted to their Panamá City office and would probably be approved in approximately six months. You've heard of something taking an Act of Congress, well that's we received in ± six months, the official approval document of our enrollment was an actual Panamá Act Congress. Well, sure enough, we were finally approved for enrollment and their BDB office give us the enrollment number for our family. A picture ID card is optional and the camera in their BDB office was broken, so I had my picture taken at their office in David there on the Pan American Highway and immediately received a picture ID card. And that's the way it was. I make my ongoing monthly premium payments to their office in BDB. We have only required their services once in the last year, we're all quite healthy, and the service there was on a par with any that I have ever received at any healthcare facility in the United States. Allen McDonald, El Galloviejo® Edited January 6, 2016 by Admin_01 reformatted the quoted text Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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