Letter from the Editor -September 2012-
Last month was an exciting time for Guatemala: it won its first Olympic medal since it began participating in the games in 1952 in Helsinki. Erick Barrondo brought home the silver medal in the Men’s 20km Race Walk! Qué Pasa is proud to feature Erick’s image on our cover in celebration of this triumphant moment for him and for Guatemala!
This month, Qué Pasa is featuring a special guide to introduce you to some of Guatemala City and La Antigua’s top medical practitioners. Whether you live here or are just passing through, you’ll find that you can received 5-star treatment from internationally trained professionals at a fraction of the price you would in North America or Europe. Recently, I had reason to visit the doctor. I made an appointment with a specialist, an outstanding doctor who spoke perfect English and had trained at the best medical school in Guatemala and specialized in the States at a top teaching hospital. I didn’t need a referral; I didn’t have to wait for weeks to get an appointment. He was thorough; he listened to all my questions and concerns; he explained my condition and treatment options in detail; he did not rush through my visit. During my appointment, it was assessed that I needed a special test. I didn’t have to make another appointment with a tech. The doctor did it – right there, right then, in his office. This test in the States usually costs between US$1,500 and US$2,500, depending on the facility. The bill for everything: first time patient visit and test came to Q500… Guatemala is an excellent option for those seeking outstanding health care at affordable prices. Turn to page 77 to meet the doctors.