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Parkinsons Disease

Post by Zenth » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:00 pm

Does anyone have any advice for someone just diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease wishing to live in Chile? My wife's aunt, in her 70's, is currently living in NYC but thinking of returning to Chile received her diagnosis a few weeks ago. Most of her family is in Concepcion.
If anyone can recommend a doctor or clinic for her to contact, it would be greatly appreciated. She understands she may have to travel to Santiago.

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Re: Parkinsons Disease

Post by admin » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:46 am

Zenth wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:00 pm
Does anyone have any advice for someone just diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease wishing to live in Chile? My wife's aunt, in her 70's, is currently living in NYC but thinking of returning to Chile received her diagnosis a few weeks ago. Most of her family is in Concepcion.
If anyone can recommend a doctor or clinic for her to contact, it would be greatly appreciated. She understands she may have to travel to Santiago.

Thank you,
yea, I would recommend doing major medical work in Santiago, unless it is an emergency. All the top specialist in the country are there, and if something goes wrong during a ho hum procedure, all the infrastructure is there.

I can not recall the name, but there is a dedicated neurological clinic / hospital in Santiago with the top neuro specialist in the country.

I have just seen too many kid doctors down in the south, completely screw-up very basic diagnosis and treatments.

A couple of years ago a relative had a muscle tick sort of thing in her face. The local neurologist in Puerto montt, screwed around for about two weeks, including almost a week in the hospital, before finally getting the diagnosis right. Then he got the medication for treating it right; except, he did not know how to prescribe it.

The head surgeon at the neurological clinic in Santiago was consulted. He said, "yea that is the medication, but you need to take it for at least a year".

The kid down south, had prescribed it for two week, like it was aspirin or something.

It was pretty obvious the kid did not read nor speak English, and thus was completely out of the loop on the latest research on the subject.

It is often the difference between a doctor that went to some second rate school in southern Chile vs. a doctor that went to school in the U.S. or Europe, that often practised or did their internship in the U.S. or Europe, and speaks and reads English.

It was my wife's aunt, who just passed 50 years of practising medicine (paediatrics) in Chile, once told me to watch out for doctors in Chile that can not at least read English. It is the international language of scientific research and medicine.
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Re: Parkinsons Disease

Post by Gloria » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:21 pm

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admin wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:46 am

It is often the difference between a doctor that went to some second rate school in southern Chile vs. a doctor that went to school in the U.S. or Europe, that often practised or did their internship in the U.S. or Europe, and speaks and reads English.

It´s obvious that the Admn. has been out of touch and out of everything concerned the US. .Second rate doctors are found everywhere in the world and more so in well developed countries where top notch technology is available. There have been too many to tell horror stories about doctors and surgeons from the US and EU. Medicine is about many things, vocation, dedication and caring. Unfortunately you´ll find some bad apples in the basket.
I could say that Chile´s Southern doctors also deserve respect and recognition. I found some dedicated ones in Valdivia. Look into Clinica Alemana in Concepción referrals. Also, due to the fact that Concepción is the second largest city in the country, must have other hospitals.
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