The Hunt for Quality Healthcare In Jamaica

Suffering from Back Pain

Suffering from Back Pain

There is peace that radiates from becalmed plaques of Caribbean Sea decorated with happy families bobbing and weaving in its cool waters. That calm is not mirrored when forced to examine the Jamaican healthcare landscape. On several occasions I have found it difficult to find a doctor or locate and access medical services. I have also had difficulties to find the best available doctors that specialize in patients with autism. Laboratory and diagnostic testing, general practitioners, dentists, chiropractors, nutritionists, physiotherapists, rheumatologists, audiologists, speech pathologists, pediatric neurologists, bio quantum therapists, you name it- I’ve had a problem to finding it!


A few years ago I suffered an injury to my back , that’s when I realized that the general listings in the yellow pages was not a comprehensive database. It gave little idea of specific services offered.

I had to call to find out availability of appointments, general fees, accepted insurance providers, or even general customer reviews. Calling led to waiting and waiting and waiting. Did I mention waiting?

The frustration of finally getting connected and the all too familiar click of that automated voice reminding you to ensure you have enough call credit to make this call.

After a number of those frustrations, I did what most people do- visited my general practitioner and hoped that he would have some advice.

Luckily, after preliminary examinations my general practitioner referred me to an orthopedic surgeon he knew well. Now, I am grateful he knew him because he turned out to be really good and was further able to refer me to a physiotherapist he knew well.

But the condition persisted and the trauma of being injured and the uncertainty of what was wrong made not knowing who to consult, painful.

I wanted to consider alternative therapy and technique practitioners; as a patient you have a right to obtaining a second, third, fourth, and even a hundredth opinion, but,
unless your personal physician has an interest in such things, you will likely never hear about them.

Further, if you think about going to one of the major hospitals to get a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon or almost any specialist be prepared to wait! I don’t mean one day or two days I mean weeks, waiting on their receptionist to keep you in mind for openings in their schedule.

When I decided to move to another parish, I talked to several friends and searching the internet to try to identify alternative therapies available on the island.

That was a lot of searching, more calling credit and little result. I eventually went back to my general practitioner and asked him to refer me to another specialist.

I don’t know how someone else would’ve handled it, but I felt very weird asking my ortho to refer me to another ortho! Perhaps a stroke of luck , my general practitioner was able to refer me to a physiotherapist in that parish.

It took a lot of hunting, calling, visiting specialists, and again help from my general practitioner- bless his heart, to create a game plan for effective interventions and treatments. It took lots of patience to navigate the Jamaican health scene.

Imagine how much time could have been saved with a comprehensive and interactive online medical appointment system of available conventional and complementary health professionals and practices?

The Jamaican healthcare landscape needs such an innovation and one such site is taking on the challenge to provide this service.

I visited www.queuedoc.com; a website that promises to provide a database of doctors, allow patients to searched by specialty and offers features such as appointment scheduling.

This database will be available to the public for free. Patients who sign up will be able to manage their appointments and receive reminders so that we all can have the peace of mind that knowing brings.

Comments for The Hunt for Quality Healthcare In Jamaica

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Apr 29, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Its time for patients
by: Anonymous

Now there are sites like www.queuedoc.com where you can find local doctors by speciality

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Have_Your_Say.

New! How to find dirt cheap flights to Jamaica? We explore the best options for you here.

Read More ...

Recommended For You ...

And, Before You Go!

Here (below) are some sweet deals on matching products at Amazon that you might have otherwise missed. 

Amazon.com, by the way, is the internet's most reputable retailer and usually showcases only the best products that are related to your search. Be sure to check them out.

Note: If link does not show, please click here to be redirected to our page at Amazon.com.


Great Articles You Might Have Missed

data-matched-content-rows-num="2" data-matched-content-columns-num="3"

Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)

Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media: 
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Thank You!

P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?

Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool. It works!

Or, simply click here and here, to browse my library of over 500 questions and answers! Chances are someone already asked (and got an answer to) your question.


About The Author

wellesley gayle - booking link

A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' - since April 2007.  

To date, he serves over 8,300 unique readers / viewers per day.

His efforts have earned him featured positions in local publications, including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers, as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies and universities.

He invites you to join his friends list and stay updated on all the latest. You are also invited to join his exclusive patron community

copyscpe
Top Of Page
Wellesley Gayle

What's New? Click Here And See.

Trending Now

Site Sponsors

jamaica_click_down_here_visit_our_sponsors

Our Preferred Sponsors  & Friends (below)

(Our Sponsorship Policy)

Photographers in Jamaica
Wedding Photographers
Cars For Sale In Jamaica
Cars For Sale

JamaicaSunshine Tours.com

Click Here to Visit Our Sponsors' Page

Top Articles

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. Who Is Merlene Ottey? The Jamaican Athlete?

    Apr 21, 19 01:51 AM

    Meet Merlene Ottey – Jamaica’s Most Decorated Female Track Star Of All Time

    Read More

  2. What do Jamaicans do for Easter?

    Apr 19, 19 10:13 AM

    What do Jamaicans do for Easter? || by Aneisha Dobson, Associate Writer Easter is a popular holiday in several countries across the world, and Jamaica

    Read More

  3. Jamaican Easter Bun - Simple, Free & Timely Recipe :-)

    Apr 18, 19 05:14 PM

    Tis the season of Easter bunny, Easter egg, Easter egg hunt, Hot cross buns and the good old Jamaican Easter Bun.

    Read More

  4. Memorable Golf Vacation Jamaica - At Your Favorite Jamaican Resorts

    Apr 17, 19 12:26 AM

    Golf Vacation Jamaica? Yes, we offer that too - available at your favourite Jamaican resorts

    Read More

New!  I've created a Welcome Audio. Just click the Play button below to listen.

Please subscribe here to get my latest updates.