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Colombiano dentistas. ¿Si, como no?

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We have experienced veterinarian services on this trip, and have now decided to try out the dentists.
Douglas has had some tooth pain off and on, but since it went away, attributed it to sinus congestion. Well, the pain came back and set up camp this time. We visited the dentist down the street, and found quite a modern practice. The initial consultation was in one office. Next, we were directed to an office 1/2 block away for an x-ray. Then, back to the consult office, where they had rounded up a nice woman who speaks some English. She walked us to yet another office around the corner and partway up a hill.
There, the receptionist went through the usual series of questions using Google translate on the computer. Smart. We got a laugh at the question of whether Douglas eats nails.
Next, into the chair. The first dentist was there, and a doctor who looks to be about 25 (wearing a Real Madrid jersey--happy about today's match) explained, basically, that Douglas needs a root canal. Yahoo.
This will take place tomorrow morning, and we will need to wait 4-5 days for the crown. And the damages? In Colombian pesos:
$20,000 first consult & x-ray (full)
$80,000 for full exam, impressions, filing the present crown
$370,000 for the root canal
$80,000 for the crown
$14,000 pharmacy: 10 500-mg Amoxycillan, pain-killer shot, and 3 days of pain meds.
$564,000: total
$313 US dollars. Total.
I don't know about anyone reading this, but I have not gotten out of a dentist's office for a root canal and crown for less than $1000 IN ADDITION to what my dental insurance pays.
Makes it a little less painful . . .

Posted by ceastburn 16:34 Archived in Colombia

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