Surgeries are expensive. Most people go into debt, just to try and cover this huge medical bill. If you have insurance, then this bill might be manageable. But, if you are lacking and your pockets are not lined with gold coins; you will find that these medical bills, after doing a fibroid surgery can become burdensome. In Jamaica, this is a common experience for sufferers of this black woman’s disease.
There are several hospitals to choose from, both public and privately run, in Kingston.
- Andrews Memorial Hospital (private)
- Kingston Public Hospital (KPH)
- Medical Associates Hospital (private)
- Nuttall Memorial Hospital (private)
- St. Joseph’s Hospital
- University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI)
Private hospitals are considered to be for people of means or people who cannot deal with the hassle and long waiting periods of public hospitals. St. Andrews hospital is one such. The cost for room and board could take half a year’s salary for most Jamaicans, if not all of it. Careful and precise planning will be needed, when one considers St.Andrews.
Back in 2000, a fibroid surgery, whether myomectomy or hysterectomy would range from $100,000 to just under $200, 000. I called several hospitals to confirm the costs in 2014; obviously the cost has since doubled. Jamaican women who suffer from fibroid symptoms, have to consider both the hospital fee, which runs over $150,000 and the doctor’s fee which amounts to over $200,000.
For anyone who has been ill, it is always one’s desire to recover in comfort, if you can afford it. If you are willing to sacrifice, private rooms average $6000 per night. At least you can have creature comforts such as air-conditioning, television, private shower, dresser and closet storage space while you recover. For most patients, after fibroid surgery, you generally stay for 3 to 5 days. This means you can easily spend $30,000 from your surgery budget on your room.
As I prepare for a myomectomy, I am desirous to stay in a private or semi private room. Being a light sleeper, very miserable when in pain and wanting the creature comforts of internet, if I can have it; a private room will be my heart’s desire. Now, whether my pocket can step up to that, is another story. I foresee a request to the doctor to keep me knocked out as much as possible otherwise.
Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe