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Irma recommends Dr. Cerrud in David as a pulmonologist. I think that's close to what she said his name is. Does anybody have any information on him. He's not in the Health Care Referral List.

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Doug and Jo are working with Dra. Díaz and will update the Health Care Referral List in the next few days.

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This is beginning to sound like a Boquete Medical Associates/Keep It Simple Panama referral list. 

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47 minutes ago, Pederhaney said:

This is beginning to sound like a Boquete Medical Associates/Keep It Simple Panama referral list. 

Not sure how to interpret your reply. First blush is that you are saying that CL is giving preference to Boquete Medical Associates. If such preference is what you are trying to say, then you are incorrect.

CL is NOT a sponsored website; there is no favoritism given to anyone. If you check it out, the healthcare resource listing is as comprehensive and unbiased as possible, and there are no recommendations given therein as to which service provider to use. It is simply a resource listing for our community to use, or not use, as they desire.

Marcelyn's reply above comes from the fact that Doug and Jo (CL's healthcare information coordinators) have been doing an exhaustive review and update of the information contained in the healthcare resource listing. We (collectively referring to Doug, Jo, and the two CL owners/administrators) were just about to release an announcement about the first major revision of that resource listing. Only four people know of that pending announcement. But then with the announcement made by Keep It Simple and Boquete Medical Associates at yesterday's Tuesday Talks at the BCP Theater (a surprise to us), we are delaying our pending announcement to be sure that Doug and Jo have sufficient time to modify the resource listing based on the new information released to the public yesterday. That is not a preference for anyone, but simply prudent operating policy on our part. The healthcare resource listing should be as accurate and complete as possible, and absent any bias -- that is our goal.

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1 hour ago, Admin_01 said:

with the announcement made by Keep It Simple and Boquete Medical Associates at yesterday's Tuesday Talks at the BCP Theater

..and the announcement was?

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There is a link to the Hospital Chiriqui directory in the CL Medical Resources listing already. Thanks for re-posting it here Samantha!

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27 minutes ago, Keith Woolford said:

..and the announcement was?

We are being led to believe there now may be some kind of an "alliance" or an "affiliation" (but not a "merger") between Keep It Simple Panama" (Irma Smith) and Boquete Medical and Associates (Dra. Digna Diaz and her associates at Clinica Alfa).

Doug and Jo are needing time to better understand how to document and represent this new "arrangement" between two of our healthcare resources in the Chiriqui highlands area.

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This was brought up at a presentation at the BCP on Oct 31st. It appears it is a work in progress. From what Irma said Alpha Clinic is expanding and will be offering more services and doctors. Evidently, they are looking for a bigger facility in the hopes of seeing folks make fewer trips to David for medical services. Irma and Alpha clinic is offering an inexpensive plan. Perhaps Irma will make an announcement here soon.

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The announcement yesterday in a joint presentation by Irma and Dr Diaz at the Tuesday Talk is that Keep it Simple Panama's health advocate service will be part of the Boquete Medical Associates membership plan. Dr. Diaz did use the term "merger", but it became clear that she didn't mean that in any legal sense. Instead, KISP and BMA will share medical files on patients needing medical care or Services in David,  set up appointments with specialists, procure ambulances, and obtain discounts beyond Jubilado at hospitals and clinics. 

Their goal is to provide health care for residents in Boquete as much as possible, but to get the best services in David at the best price for those matters that must be treated in that city.  It is important to note that you don't have to have a membership with Boquete Medical Associates to be treated at Alfa Clinic or to use the services of KISP.  But the membership plan does combine those services along with various discounts on Doctor appointments, dental cleanings, email consultations, death certificates, and various other benefits.

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25 minutes ago, Doug and Jo said:

The announcement yesterday in a joint presentation by Irma and Dr Diaz at the Tuesday Talk is that Keep it Simple Panama's health advocate service will be part of the Boquete Medical Associates membership plan. Dr. Diaz did use the term "merger", but it became clear that she didn't mean that in any legal sense. Instead, KISP and BMA will share medical files on patients needing medical care or Services in David,  set up appointments with specialists, procure ambulances, and obtain discounts beyond Jubilado at hospitals and clinics. 

Their goal is to provide health care for residents in Boquete as much as possible, but to get the best services in David at the best price for those matters that must be treated in that city.  It is important to note that you don't have to have a membership with Boquete Medical Associates to be treated at Alfa Clinic or to use the services of KISP.  But the membership plan does combine those services along with various discounts on Doctor appointments, dental cleanings, email consultations, death certificates, and various other benefits.

Great job here Doug and Jo. You are helping us (and others) to understand where this KISP and BMA thing is going.

Thank you.

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7 hours ago, Penny said:

Irma recommends Dr. Cerrud in David as a pulmonologist. I think that's close to what she said his name is. Does anybody have any information on him. He's not in the Health Care Referral List.

It's Dr. Serrud I think.  It appears to be on the list now.  I think he specializes in pediatric pneumonology, but if Irma recommends him, that's all I need to hear to at least give him a try.  

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Yes, it's Dr. Serrud and he's in passage way B at Hospital Chiriqui. He has a brother who is a pediatric pulmonologist. He is also an internal medicine specialist. I got several good recommendations about him.

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8 hours ago, Admin_01 said:

That is not a preference for anyone, but simply prudent operating policy on our part. The healthcare resource listing should be as accurate and complete as possible, and absent any bias -- that is our goal.

I share your goal.

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Hello all, 

ALFA MEMBERSHIP PLAN 

BMA is a group of Doctors, as  Dra Digna Diaz and Dra Sue King, as your first primary care physician in Boquete, who will follow-up your medical files in English,  share them with specialists doctors, if  needed, or give you a medical record in English in case of taking it back to your country.

The Alfa Group membership gives you advantages, as to receive better discounts than the jubilado discount, whether you're a jubilado or not, with Hospital Mae Lewis, Clinica Hospital Cattan and  Clinica TU SALUD IN DAVID, (ONLY FOR Alfa members).

Be part of our membership and get the best deal in Boquete and David, no more guessing!!!   KIS Panama takes care of setting your appointments for exams or doctors appointments, making sure you receive the best service with the best price. We get your appointments with doctors who speak English for your covenience, or if not,  we can translate for you. 

It is important to point out that this Membership is not an insurance plan. You will receive a card of membership, so in that you may receive the discounts in the clinics that Kispanama has special arrangements only for ALFA MEMBERS . Also, make sure of giving a call to Irma before receiving service at any clinic. 

Our flat rate only for members is $20.00 per hour starting in January (have in mind that we will keep the rate in $15.00 per hour only till the end of December 2017. Normal rate is $25.00 per hour beginning on January 2018. 

In regards to Dr. Humberto Juan Serrud, he is a pulmonologist who speaks English. He attends at Hospital Chiriqui, Monday-Friday 1 pm -5pm by order of arrival. For appoinments give us a call to 730-5263. 

Dr. Humberto Eduardo Serrud, (they are brothers) is a peditrician pulmonoslogist. He attends Monday-Friday 3-5 pm, Saturdays 12-3 pm and he also makes spirometry, from 11 am. In Mae Lewis.

KiSP also offer other services, outside the membership, as support with administrative and legal issues, paperwork, legal advocacy, accounting, insurance, real estate and translation. 

Hope to have responded to all your concerns,

Keep It Simple Panama.

info@keepitsimplepanama.com 

https://www.facebook.com/Keep-It-Simple-Panama-1682116172107578/

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I once went to a doctor at the Alpha Clinic.  I was informed that if my blood pressure, even once, ever exceeded 120/80 then I was hypertensive and needed medication.  No consideration of age, just a blunt statement. Funny, my cardiologist in David didn't agree.  Some doctors are more driven by drug company support than they should be, just sayin'.......

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On 12/13/2017 at 12:21 PM, Keith Woolford said:

FYI

Dra. Diaz fee is $55, discounted to $40.

This is more than double the charge at Clinica Especialista (across from Melo).

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Dra Diaz is a specialist (internal medicine). Dr. Gomez is a general practitioner. That would explain some of the differences

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