Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Insurance Fun

One thing I love about the Foreign Service...Insurance.

Now, if you're Jen you'll completely disagree. But I've had nothing but good experiences from the Foreign Service Benefit Plan.

I love the system of paying upfront and then sending in receipts to get reimbursed. I love not having medical bills to worry about. I wish I could do this in the States as well, but health care in the States is so expensive, I don't think it would work.

Health care costs in Costa Rica:

Pediatric Visit: $80
Physical Therapy Appointment (for baby): $34
Complete blood count (nurse friends help me here: Why is it called complete and then they need to order other things? It doesn't seem so complete to me.) and extra labs for pediatric neurologist: $87
Prenatal Exam: $70
Prenatal Ultrasound $50

Being able to call the Dr's on their cell phones at any time: free (and priceless)

I have to say, I really am going to miss the private health care system in Costa Rica.


Dave Pernal said...

CBC = complete blood count... a count of all of the cellular elements of a sample of blood (WBCs, RBCs, and platelets) and their concentrations in a specific volume/sample of blood.

Sara said...

So, it only checks those three things?

Valerie said...

I know I am a little late chiming in on the CBC, but there is a lot more to white blood cells and red blood cells than you would think. A CBC checks the components of the actual blood (how many white blood cells and how many of each kind, concentration of red blood cells as well as number of red blood cells, for example) whereas other tests will check electrolytes, medication concentrations, hormones, etc.