Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Doctoring Differences

On Wednesday we took Esther for the second of her "six month old" vaccinations (she is nine months old today). They are on a slightly different schedule here.
In the states, we went to the health department for shots for the girls. Here you go to a doctor (not our regular pediatrician here)who examines the baby then gives the shot. They do two patients at a time to speed the process up, so there was another baby and his parents at the next exam table during our appointment (they don't seem to have Hippa regulations here). The exam and shot cost 8 euro total-so about $10.50. The previous one was just under 20 euro (about $26) because there were several vaccines in that shot. I was told that if/when our girls are enrolled in school here, their shots will be free. Now she doesn't need more shots until she's a year old.
Ruth is on a daily anti-biotic because of a minor kidney defect. We brought a three-month's supply with us from the states, but knew that we would need a Montenegrin doctor's prescription to get more here. When we took Esther for her six-month well baby check up, we asked that doctor to write Ruth a prescription, which she did (she did examine Ruth's medical history first).
In America, a 30 days supply costs $20 after insurance. Here, a 20 days supply was 1 euro (about $1.30)!

Before you think that everything here is cheaper though, a baby-monitor is over 100 euros, and a simple rattle or teething toy (that you could find for $1 in the states) is about 5 or 6 euros.

I threw in a few pictures of the girls, just for fun

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