I was reading about how your son was lactose intolerant and had some medical issues.
My son was diagnosed with Type1 diabetes. Here in America there isn't an insurance company that will touch him because he has been "pre-diagnosed" or had an existing illness. So he is on the state system and that is what pays for his doctor visits, insulin, needles ect.
Our "plan B" is if that goes down we can go to Mexico to purchase Insulin and supplies, but there is no "plan C."
Following the 3 is 2, 2 is 1, 1 is 0 rule we have our current supply and then there is Mexico.
How did people in your country deal with an issue like this?
Were drugs like insulin hard to get hold of?
How many people died due to not being able to get their treatments?
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Hi R, yes, my son has a very mild lactose intolerance. That was the problem, it was so mild no one ( none of the dozens of Doctors we went to) detected that he had this problem, so he would drink a lot of milk each day and after a few months, for no apparent reason he had gastroenteritis. We didn't give up until we found one of these Docs, that did a real detective work (Mater Dai Hospital) and did a list of each and every possibility, and we checked them all until we found this mild lactose intolerance.
Here in Argentina you need a private medical care plan. I have Swiss Medical Group, which is pretty good and covers all these things, including unlimited hospitalzation if needed. Like you, we plan on ABC, Argentina would be our plan C once we move to USA, Spain and our EU citizenship would be B (free medicine), and our medical plan in USA would be A.
If you didn't have such a private health plan, you depended on the public health, which is free, but is unbelievably bad. There was a scandal not long ago about placebos being sold to the state health plans for cancer patients, many died of course. Oh yes, THAT bad. Not to mention the lack of basic medication for everything. Public health in Argentina is worse than you can imagine in your worst nightmare.
About finding meds after the crisis, for most common problems like finding insulin and other common supplies, if you had a good health plan and the money to pay for teh medicine, you usually find it.
For other more rare meds, it can be a bit more complicated. My father in law, may be rest in peace, sometimes had difficulties finding a medication he needed for Alzheimer. When these things happen, its important to have a friend or someone that you know that travels to Europe or USA often, usually a pilot or crew personal, that can get them for you abroad.
As usual, money makes things easier. Unfortunately it applies here as well.
"How many people died due to not being able to get their treatments?"We’ll never know. Those in the government, public hospital directors, doctors and nurses, they all make sure that no one will ever know that. Its' in their best interest. All I can tell you is that here in Argentina, if you can't afford to get private medical care, either by paying from your pocket or as a work contract package, you're considered sub human and I promise you, you'll get sub-human medical care.