actually had a great experience at CIMA Emergency Room
- I haven't been real thrilled with CIMA ER services in the past...when my wife had a bot fly they did this complex out of the textbook procedure that ended with them saying that if we saw th bot fly rear up its little head to pull it out through their high tech bandage. Well we never saw it rearing its little head or when it did it ducked down again too quick.
Then we went to a country doctor in Atenas, she laid my wife down on her table, and pulled it out in less than five minutes with her bare (hopefully washed) hands. End of that story.
Later I had to take my mother there for a non-emergency situation (she insisted on the ER) and it seemed like it took forever to deal with all the paperwork and for her to be seen.
OK...but yesterday our six-year-old son had been throwing up a lot...there's a stomach flu going around. No big deal. But when he said his neck felt a little stiff and his teeth felt "tight." this raised a big red flag of the dreaded lockjaw aka meningitis...which can kill a kid in a matter of a few hours.
I rushed him to CIMA after the lame Emergencias Medicas didn't come after 15 minutes even though they are about five blocks away from us. "The ambulance is out," they said. Ha. What a lame excuse.
Anyway, we arrived in CIMA, I walked in and there were about 10 people sitting in chairs so it definitely wasn't a quiet time, but when I told the guy at the front desk about the stiff neck and tight jaw, a nurse came out in seconds and he was seen by a pediatrician about two minutes later.
Fortunately--very fortunately--he did NOT have meningitis...the doctor, who spoke very good English, explained exactly why he could determine that. He seemed competent, courteous, and put my son at ease.
At that point I was ready to pay $200 or whatever for a ER visit without complaint...I was so relieved that it was just a garden variety stomach flu. But to my surprise, I was only charged a consultation fee of about 30,000 colones...no additional hospital charges, even though we were in the ER for about 40 minutes.
I feel a lot better about CIMA ER now.
End of story.