How far in advance do you contact the doc?

Discussion in 'International Locations' started by DonRobbie, Feb 10, 2018.

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    DonRobbie

    DonRobbie Active Member

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    I want to have Duodenal switch in Mexicali with Dr Esquerra or Wilhelmy. I don't have the money at this time. My current timeline is 1-2 years out depending on life circumstances. So I'm pretty sure now is too soon. But I assume some lead time is needed. Is it on the scale of a few months or a few weeks?
     
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    Munchkin

    Munchkin Full of Fairy Dust

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    Usually not long. Weeks! I would contact them as soon as I had the money. But there will probably be some preop testing to do first. You will have to talk to them about what you require.
     
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    Susan in Tennessee

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    It could be either, just depends on how flexible you are. They won't put you on the schedule and secure your desired date until you make a deposit. If I remember correctly it was $500.
     
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    galaxygrrl

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    I had to wait two months for a date with them. If you want to do it and you can swing it, I would just take out a loan. I know you will pay interest, but you will be thin for two more years of your life.
     
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    Munchkin

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    I agree! You may want to check on the new tax laws too and see if you can write off at least part of it. It used to be based on medical being over a certain percentage of your income but a lot of things have changed so make sure.
     
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    galaxygrrl

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    And you can use you HSA account. Really, don't wait. :)
     
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    bearmom

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    GalaxyGirl has a good point. I usually avoid loans for anything whatsoever, but this is important, and you can't buy years of life. This is as close as you get.

    Interest rates are no longer at that amazing low, but still pretty low making it look like an attractive option, especially since you know it will be paid off within a few years.
     
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    DonRobbie

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    Thanks all for the replies.

    Staying up late today to get to the Post Office to apply for passport cards for my wife and I to get that out of the way so I can move quickly once the money is sorted.
     
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    Munchkin

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    The cards are only good for MX and Canada. Just so you know!
     
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    Ever Changing

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    ... and passport cards can not be used for air travel. Usually best to get a traditional passport book.
     
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    RainCity

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    I love using my passport card to drive across the border to Mexico or Canada. I used it for my MX surgery trip. I also like using it as my ID instead of a driver’s license as it doesn’t have your address on it.
     

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