Bi Yearly testing in 3rd. World Country
I have a St Jude pacer/Dedefibrillator installed early 2017 . I moved to Philippines 3 months later. I go to a cardiologist at Makati Medical, in Manila. I get tested every 6 months to keep an eye on my batteries, and to check for any events. I have a leaking Mitral valve (moderate) and I have to time my return to the US for battery replacement & valve inspection (probably time for repair). My point: The Cardiologist charges me: $37.00 for the test, shares the results on screen and answers my questions, then hands me the print out from Merlin at the end of the session. My Rythm specialist in Florida charged me a $175.00 co pay per session and wouldnt even let me look at the Merlin screen.