I was recently offered a position onboard. One of the next steps of course is the medical exam. I contacted the agency they recommend to get your medical exam complete. Said agency told me medical exam would cost me $863.
I'm American, and this is in the US. Part of the $863 is $125 for MMR vaccine. (My instructions indicate if I haven't been vaccinated in the past 10 years I need a booster shot.) I discovered my local health department can provide the vaccine for half the price, so that would save a tiny bit compared to the overall cost...
Unfortunately my previous (good) health insurance coverage expired days ago (just my luck). The new short term insurance I have now says only for medically necessary, which I doubt includes this comprehensive medical exam with blood tests and x-ray.
Also to note, I had blood and urine tests completed literally a month ago as part of my annual physical which included testing on half of the testing the cruise line is looking for. I'm hoping to not have to be re-tested for that...? ($$) I have a copy of the lab results. Would this suffice if I were to show the doctor who provides the exam?
This still leaves chest x-ray, stool testing, and drug/STD testing... as well as the regular part of the physical.
Any ideas to bring down the costs so I don't feel like I'm shelling out so much money? When I first heard practically $900, it was a bit of a shock! Is this cost normal for Americans without decent health insurance coverage? Is this a situation that I just need to suck it up? If so, please tell me -- it'll make me feel better I think.
Yep - it's not cheap. I once went to a 'walk-in' clinic and paid around $600 a few years ago. The Port of Miami medical clinic runs around $300 or so, I think . . . if you're anywhere near a coastal city that hosts cargo or cruise ships, look into the 'Seaman's Center' at the port and see if they can refer you to the clinic local ships use.