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Old August 7th, 2006, 08:40 AM
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We are traveling on the Golden in Sept to the Mediterranean Hubby has certain issues that MAY require catherization We dont know whether to cancel the cruise or go . Will get Doctors input in a few days but the final decision will be up to us. My question: what are your experiences with the medical facilities on the Golden? Any input at ALL would be greatly appreciated and will help us with the final decision Thanks to All!
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flora,

We are traveling on the Golden in Sept to the Mediterranean Hubby has certain issues that MAY require catherization We dont know whether to cancel the cruise or go . Will get Doctors input in a few days but the final decision will be up to us. My question: what are your experiences with the medical facilities on the Golden? Any input at ALL would be greatly appreciated and will help us with the final decision Thanks to All!

Medical facilities on all modern cruise ships are set up to handle pretty much any conceivable emergency or "urgent care" situation. Princess's physicans actually specialize in "cruise ship medicine" which includes just about any conceivable emergency. The medical centers also have fully equipped operating rooms for emergency surgery and "telemedicine" links to specialists at a major medical center in the United States, where specialists can direct the surgeons onboard in a emergency situation.

That said, I would strongly recommend that anybody needing a specialized procedure such as cardiac catherization have it done before going on a cruise. I'm sure that you and your husband would much rather have such a procedure done by specialists at a hospital near home than on a cruise ship where that is not the physicians' specialty.

BTW, the good news about cardiac catherization is that the recovery is very quick. Most patients who do not have the procedure in response to a heart attack are back in full swing within three or four days.

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Hi flora,

Hmmm...

I didn't read your post the same way Norm did. My suggestion would be that you check with your hubby's doctor (which you are doing) and have him/her write a letter concerning what may have to be done.

You should also call Princess and ask whether these services are available in the Medical Center.
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Also consider this, they do not accept medical insurance. YOU must pay, on the ship, any medical treatment. No such thing as medical insurance forms on board.
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I think the OP is referring to urinary catheterization not cardiac. Having that done onboard should not be a problem.

Flora, I've not used the infirmary on the Golden but became quite familiar with it in April on the Grand, the Golden's twin sister. As a nurse I can tell you the facility and staff are equal to anything you will find in a small hospital in the US. My suggestions would be:

Try to contact Princess in advance for their input. Possibly they can put you in contact by email, with the physician onboard. Of course, the doc on board now may not be there on your sailing.

Take copies of any pertinent medical records with you.

If possible use the facility during its' normal hours. It's cheaper tht way.

If your husband is cathed on a regular basis at home, take your catheter kit with you in order to save money and be sure the size he is accustomed to is available. Should be anyway, but it's always a good idea to be prepared.

Norm is right. You will have to pay for services at the time they are rendered. They will put it on your ship board account and give you a form you can file with your insurance company for reimbursement. If memory serves me correctly an infirmary visit during normal hours is $130.

Hope that helps.
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One more thing. There are two doctors onboard and three nurses.
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Magnolia Blossom,

If memory serves me correctly an infirmary visit during normal hours is $130.

The amount of the charge depends upon the services provided. When I visited the infirmary aboard MV Sun Princess to get some indomethacin for a nasty gout attack a few years ago, the physician decided to prescribe a shot in addition to enough of the medicine to last until I could get more at home. IIRC, the bill came to $78 for everything. The charges for medical services are pretty reasonable.

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Yeh, you're right, Norm. As I look back over my bills on Princess it was $70 (which was credited back to us because it was Norwalk and they don't charge for treatment or meds), it was $130 on RCCL, but then I had a u/a and rx.
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if it's like the star (baltic's july 13) there is a doctor but be prepared to pay as they do not take insurance, $60.00 to walk in the door
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Definately call the cruise line (I would still do the cruise if your MD gives you the ok) & let them know of your situation. Ask them to input this into the computer system & alert the medical staff onboard the ship. At least they will have a heads up on your situation. It should not be a problem, airlines do this all the time, so the cruise line should not have any issues.
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