Health Care is always an issue when traveling. Because we spend so much time in Budapest I have a cardiologist in Budapest. Because it is so much cheaper I also have a Dentist in Budapest. Another sizable market in Budapest is Hair Transplants. But that’s another story.
On 28 December my wife told me that she had what appeared to be a minor subcutaneous infection. The evening of 29 December it had grown considerably and turned extremely painful. I called FIRST MED, a private clinic in Buda and made an appointment to have her seen at 9am the following morning. On 30 December we arrived at about 8:45. Shortly before 9am we were taken to an exam room for a history and vitals. At 9am the Doctor escorted my wife to an exam room. The doctor was alarmed at the state of the infection and called a surgeon. We went downstairs and had a cup of coffee and returned at 11:30 for a noon appointment with the surgeon. The procedure started about 11:45 and ended about 15 minutes later. We returned on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day for dressing changes; each done by the doctor at the time assigned for the appointment. The cost was about that which I would have had to pay out of pocket on my “Affordable” Health Care plan. The major differences between care in Budapest and care in the US was the promptness, politeness, caring, consideration and general all around quality of the service and care in Budapest surpassed anything we had ever experienced in the US. I attribute it to the free market less regulated system for private health care that exists in Hungary. OR, maybe they are just special.
First Med http://firstmedcenters.com/
About a $8.50 taxi fare from the Opera House or you can reach it on the 4/6 tram.