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  1. This is the ninth in a series of audio podcasts by Chiriqui.Life. The subjects of this podcast are Keep It Simple, Panama (a healthcare advocacy business), and Rodny Direct, (a subscription-based Emergency Helpline Service). Irma Smith is the representative for Keep It Simple Panama; Rodny Moreno is the representative for Rodny Direct. Irma and Rodny were invited to speak at the Tuesday Morning Meeting series on July 25, 2017. Here is a link to the meeting announcement: http://www.chiriqui.life/calendar/event/829-tuesday-talks-at-bcp-keep-it-simple-panama-aseguradora-la-floresta/. Introduction After the usual announcements at the beginning of the weekly BCP Tuesday Morning Meetings, emcee Nikki Steele introduced Irma Smith and Rodny Moreno for this well-attended presentation. It was a standing room only event, with not one unused seat and many people sitting on the floor and standing around the railings in the theater. This posting documents that meeting, including the contact information, the presentation materials, a picture, and an audio recording of the presentations and Q&A session. Contact Information Irma C. Smith Keep It Simple Panama, INC +507 6705-9845 (cell phone) +507 730-5263 (office) EmaiL: keepitsimplepanama@gmail.com Rodny Moreno Rodny Direct +507 6573-0141 email: rodny@rodnydirect.com www.rodnydirect.com Presentation Materials Click Here to download a PDF format of the presentation materials used by Irma for her discussion about healthcare advocacy. Next is a brochure that was handed out at this presentation. Audio Podcast To listen to this Keep It Simple Panama and the Rodny Direct audio podcast, click below on the white, right-pointing triangle (arrow) on top of an orange circular background. If you see two options below, we recommend using the "Listen in browser" option as opposed to the "Play on SoundCloud" option. The podcast is 1h 26s duration. If you would like to provide feedback about this podcast, or discuss other matters related to this podcast series, please either reply to this posting, or send CL Staff a private message (@Moderator_02 is the correct display name to communicate with), or email to support@chiriqui.life. If you would like to share this podcast with family and friends, simply provide them the following URL, but remember that CL membership is required to view this content: http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/6716-chiriquilife-podcast-09-bcp-tuesday-talks-irma-smith-of-keep-it-simple-panama-and-rodny-moreno-of-rodny-direct/
  2. It all started a few days ago when Keith took me to task on this forum for commenting about what was said in a Tuesday Talk without providing full reporting about what had gone on for those who couldn't attend. I agreed with Keith's comments, so I decided to video the talk this Tuesday by Dr. Digna Diaz of the Alpha Clinic here in Boquete. Being a person who seldom needs medical help, I barely knew that the clinic existed, right across from Mailboxes Etc. So I did video the presentation, which was excellent and informative, and Wednesday morning uploaded it to YouTube for all to see, thank you Keith. After that I ambled downtown to do some errands and stopped off at Mailboxes. As I prepared to cross the street to return to my car. I stepped up not quite all the way onto the pavement, my heel rocked back, I heard a loud POP and found I was hustling across the street with one leg working and the other about as useful as a stick. Instantly I realized that the Alpha Clinic was only ten meters away, so I hobbled in their door and collapsed in a chair. As I knew from just having watched their presentation, the Clinic operates on appointments and is not an emergency room. None of the principal doctors had yet arrived for their 4PM appointments. However, the receptionist was very accommodating and within five minutes an on-call internist appeared and diagnosed my injury. Fortunately it was not as serious as I feared, the nurse gave me a painkiller shot and in less than 20 minutes we were done. All for the princely sum of $25. Later examination by a senior orthopedic surgeon friend who happened to be in Boquete for a dinner party confirmed both the diagnosis and the quality of the doctor who attended to me. Leaving the clinic, Dr. Sue and Dr. Diaz had arrived along with a gaggle of mothers and children. I couldn't help noticing the friendly and personal doctor-patient relationships that were expressed. Two of the people in the waiting room had been to the Tuesday Talk and were there to sign up. Which brings us to the topic of improved primary clinical care in Boquete. Had my injury been only a little more severe, I would have been schlepping down to David for a visit to an emergency room for an ultrasound, at huge cost in time, frustration and money. Why don't we have this basic equipment in Boquete? Medical providers frequently use pre-paid medical plans as a way to raise money to improve facilities and services. In the last two weeks, we have had two plans presented to us - one from the Panamanian-serving hospital Cooperativo in David and this Tuesday, the Alpha Clinic in Boquete. It is not my purpose to do a complete comparison, but having seen both presentations, one huge item jumps out. The Cooperativo plan provides discounts on some covered procedures. However, the math doesn't add up. If you purchase the plan direct from the hospital for $120 and receive a 30% discount, it means that you have to spend $400 at the hospital - on covered procedures - before you begin receiving ANY discount - you have to "pay off" your initial payment. For jubilados, the scenario is much worse. Dr. Wong is undoubtably a wonderful and sincere doctor, but this is a structural problem with their plan. With the Alpha Clinic plan in Boquete, you pay $200, but that includes three free email consults with each of the principal doctors at the clinic along with other discounts. In short, the doctors are investing their own time and effort to match your financial investment. If you have chronic medical problems, or had a serious procedure at the hospital and need local followup, this could be worth the price of admission alone. They also provide discounts to Rodny Direct members even if you are not in a plan. As the expat population in Boquete grows and ages, there is great need for a fully-equipped primary care clinic in town. If you watch the Alpha Clinic presentation, you will see that they have such a plan for growth and are evolving it to better meet the needs of the expat community. I was very impressed with both their forward-thinking professionalism and the friendly atmosphere of the clinic. In Coronado, Rodny's sister helpline, the Panama Helpline, partnered with the local Rotary Club to deploy defibrillators. Maybe it's time for some of our forward thinking expat community leaders to begin working on how we might "invest" in equipping a first-rate clinic that would benefit everyone in town and in the end save us all a great deal more money than simplistic discounts and more ambulances. Thanks Keith, without your prodding and an unplanned slip in front of Mailboxes, I wouldn't be writing any of this today - from my bed with my leg up... Best wishes to all for a great Christmas. Mark
  3. On the 19th I transferred $80 from my bank to Rodny's bank account. I sent him the email, which is requested to notify him of payment. I'm still getting messages that I have not renewed my account with him. Does Mark Heyer still work with him? If so, can he take care of this? (I don't have Mark's email address.) Thank you.
  4. This is the first in a series of audio podcasts by Chiriqui.Life. The subject of this podcast is Rodny Direct, which is a 24/7/365 Emergency Helpline Service provided by Rodny Moreno in the Chiriqui Province of Panama. Mark Heyer is a volunteer assistant/advisor for Rodny Moreno, and is the person speaking on behalf of Rodny Direct. To listen to this audio podcast about Rodny Direct, click below on the white, right-pointing triangle (arrow) on top of an orange circular background. If you see two options below, we recommend using the "Listen in browser" option as opposed to the "Play on SoundCloud" option. This podcast is 21m 59s duration. The contact information and websites referred to in this podcast are: info@rodnydirect.com www.rodnydirect.com www.sleepwellpanama.com If you would like to provide feedback about this podcast, or discuss other matters related to this podcast series, please either reply to this posting, or send CL Staff a private message (@Moderator_02 is the correct display name to communicate with), or email to support@chiriqui.life. If you would like to share this podcast with family and friends, simply provide them the following URL, but remember that CL membership is required to view this content: http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/2111-chiriquilife-podcast-01-rodny-direct-emergency-helpline-service
  5. Meet Rodny in person, ask questions, sign up, get your house number - get $5 off your lunch compliments of Señor Gyros, Wednesday Jan. 27 - 11am - 3pm - Or Register online, pay later at: www.RodnyDirect.com info@rodnydirect.com
  6. Register Now - Pay Later Complete Instructions at: www.rodnydirect.com info@rodnydirect.com Rodny, The tee shirt is just a small way to say thank you for your service to our community and as well as others...and hopefully the entire country. You are an inspiration for all of us and as well an encouragement for each one of us to be more than we ever dreamed we could be...and to NEVER stop dreaming. We are happy to be part of your dream ! Sending our love, Alison and Bill Brundage Trust - Dedication - Dependability - Privacy - Knowledge
  7. NEWS RELEASE December 17, 2015 Today the Panama Helpline based in Coronado and the Rodny Direct Chiriqui Helpline announce the foundation of the Panama National Helpline Network (PNHN) This new national network means that wherever you go in Panama, bi-lingual help is just a phone call away. The Network means that you are more secure than ever, with backup operators and shared information. We are working on sharing other services of great benefit to our members, including group medical insurance, ambulances, medical equipment, secure document storage and more. As additional Helplines are opened in Panama, the Network ensures that you will receive seamless protection wherever you live or travel. The Rodny Direct Chiriqui Helpline serves all of Chriqui from the Costa Rica border, including Volcan, David, Portrerillos, Boquete, Caldera and East to the border at Guabala. The Panama Helpline serves a the area from Chamé to Penonomé and inland to el Valle, including Coronado, San Carlos and Santa Clara. Contacts: Rodny Direct Chiriqui Helpline Rodny Moreno, President 6573-0141 rodny@rodnydirect.com www.rodnydirect.com Panama Helpline T. Rob Brown, President 6501-9876 trobbrown@mac.com http://www.panamahelpline.org
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