Fees at hospital

How much did your husband pay, do you remember? And when was it?

I’m not saying I don’t believe you, but the hospital’s website seems pretty definitive on this. I wonder if there was something related to you having an ARC/them not applying the rules properly/it seeming cheap to you because you’re American.

I find it strange the OP, who I’m assuming is a migrant worker, doesn’t know a black market hospital in his or her area. There’s a black market dentist in the complex I live in and a hospital nearby. They offer services much cheaper than the legal ones and cater to migrant workers. The dentist office is actually way cleaner than most of the dental clinics I’ve been to in Taipei.

Just go ask them. They won’t make you buy anything. He paid a registration fee for the first visit maybe 250-400?? Then no more than 800 for the visit to the same dermatologist office that NHI people see including medicine. He didn’t have NHI at the time
The international priority care and the beauty med are beside each other. Of course, those are expensive and not covered by NHI.

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Priority care is 10k but gets you an hour one on one with a specialist.

For normal tear and wear, a 300 to 600 ntd visit is customary, with medicines included unless the meds are extra special.

I think you may have misread that. I’m assuming they’re a COVID refugee on an extended visa exemption, so maybe the less said about the working at home bit the better. :shushing_face:

OP still has time to edit. :wink:

Thanks for clarifying. OP can ask them if he/she wants, but I have no motivation to - it’s already stated on their website, and I’m already registered with other hospitals that don’t have this policy.

That seems to add up to 1050-1200 in total, which is definitely more than a normal hospital visit without NHI in my experience.

Singular. Athelete’s foot :grinning:

Thanks, that’s not a problem here! I should note that chlorhexidine is contraindicated for douching to treat vaginal yeast infections due to the risk of sensitization or anaphylaxis, though, in case you ever have trouble with those. :slight_smile:

Even if uninsured, doctors’ visits don’t cost that much here. It might cost you NT$5000 instead of the usual NT$450 that they charge for an NHI patient. Would you rather do that now, or wait until you require hospitalization/surgery and have even higher expenses?

I think you meant NT$500 rather than NT$5000? It won’t be NT$5000, unless we’re talking about unusually expensive drugs, blood tests, or imaging.

No, I meant $5000, because that’s what one hospital handed me as my bill when they didn’t think a foreigner could possibly have NHI. I waved my card at them and they cut the bill by 90%.

That wasn’t Adventist, BTW, it was some hospital near Shilin. Oh, and it was a dermatologist.

Diabetes whether mild or not is a problem in your situation. Marco has recommended you one of the best dermatologists in Taipei, it’s an good option, just remember to tell the M.D. that you have diabetes issues.

Development and Validation of a Diabetes Foot Self-Care Behavior Scale. google and read it will certainly help you some. Diabetes is a life-long existence, your metabolic function can not work as well as the regular ppl. You really should go see a doctor asap.

Hey everyone,

Thanks for all the replies. I want to do an update so others in my situation knows.

I decided to go to Taipei Medical University and here is what happened.

• I booked online one dermatologist
• I went there and waited 3 hours for my time
• They inspected the wounds and concluded that I had an reaction of my current cream and treatment.
• Received antibiotics and new cream
• Paid a chocking amount of NT$900 for the visit and medicine =). Note: No NHI or ARC.
• Been treatment for two days and already is getting better

Can update if anything would happen but for now it seems all good and I wish I had gone sooner if I knew that my initial cost estimate was way off.

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Glad to hear. I’ve been wondering.

I’d still recommend trying chlorhexidine as a long-term way to keep your feet healthy and clean.

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Thanks for the update. Good to hear it went well. :slightly_smiling_face:

Pro tip: Don’t ever bother going at the start of the clinic time unless you’re number 1 or you enjoy sitting around in waiting rooms with old people with nothing else to do. If you book an appointment online, TMUH is actually pretty good for giving the estimated time you should arrive on the confirmation screen based on your position in the queue.

But you don’t actually get penalized for missing your appointment number - they’ll just see you when you get there, especially if you smile and act like a confused foreigner. So I just tend to show up around the clinic cut-off time (usually 30 min before the end of that clinic session). After the nominal cut-off time it becomes hit or miss, and I think the doctor is allowed to leave then if they don’t have any other patients and you’re not there, but I haven’t found most hospitals to be strict about it either (I actually went to TMUH today and they let us register as a new patient and see the doctor after arriving about 8:45pm, but I wasn’t the patient this time and it wasn’t my fault :whistle:).

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I’ve found each department/doctor has different rules or procedures. At the dermatologist at Taipei Adventist, if you get there early, you can give the nurse your card and they will work you in early as they can. This definitely wasn’t true at other departments in the same hospital.
I was pleasantly surprised to find at the Far Eastern hospital today that I didn’t have to register as a new patient to get my Covid shot. I was directed to the area where they were doing the shots and everything was done there including payment.

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