We signed Geneva up for SUAT Emergencia Móvil service yesterday. She had pinkeye again and I also wanted to get her ears checked since she had an ear infection last month. We did not like the idea of spending another 4 hours and U$S 120 at the Hospital Britanico, so we started looking into the alternative - one of the many Emergency/Urgent care services in Montevideo.
These companies offer Policlínicas (urgent care clinics) as well as ambulance service and in-home doctor care. It is essentially a Minute-Clinic with actual doctors on staff who also make house calls and can bring you to the hospital if needed.
We were thrilled with the service at the SUAT Policlínica just a few blocks from our house. Within 10 minutes of arrival, we were done with the sign-up paperwork, paid and in an exam room seeing a doctor. We had a quick exam and we were out again in about 30 minutes total, prescription in hand. Brad ran down the block in the other direction to the pharmacy, stopped to get some empanadas and was back with the eye drops and lunch in hand after only 10 more minutes (he claims it was only 6 minutes, but I digress...)
The amazing thing is the cost: about U$S 10.50/month for full-service membership. Yes, that is about $125 per year for emergency and urgent care. We got in a 6-month promo, which is only approx $5.30 per month ($ 127 pesos).
Many families that we've talked to here have this type emergency service membership for the entire family, in addition to their hospital or mutualista membership. Others have the additional emergency service just for the kids - for those unexpected "kid" incidents.
We'll probably just keep it for Geneva right now. It's the peace of mind knowing that we can call in the middle of the night and a doctor will come over, all paid with our monthly membership.
*We did learn at the SUAT Policlínica that we did not need a prescription for Geneva's eye drops, but with a prescription, we can get a discount at the pharmacy. We may need to check that out because unfortunately, now I have pinkeye as well ;(