I saw the article also. The chamber is ran by DAN which is supposed to be non profit-I know some people that have a problem with this. i just renewed my DAN insurance but wouldn't use their chamber. There are four chambers on the island. Dr Piccolo at San miguel is the best IMHO. I will continue to use san miguel chamber if needed. I did meet Dario Gomes the DAN doctor and set next to his wife on the airplane.
I have also read about ambulances on the island intercepting calls and taking patients to their chamber when a call comes in. Being that my chamber ride was $8500 US getting a patient to their chamber i'm sure pays a nice commission. So if you have an emergncy make sure you know where you are being sent and that you actually go to the right place.
OKD...what is wrong with being non-profit? I know Dr. Piccolo too. He's a darned good guy. I did like what the article had to say about knowing when "not" to be put into a chamber as well as when to go into one.
It also sounds like money isn't an issue for DAN members:
"DAN's new Recompression Chamber Network Preferred Provider designation means......... the hospital administration has agreed to make the admission and treatment fees a nonissue for our members. All the member needs to do is walk in, receive care and walk out,"
Always good to have choices.
OK well I guess I didn't think about it like DAN members not having to pay anything. I was thinking of people that would not have DAN, Will the DAN chamber accept non DAN members? My primary insurance covered me 100% and DAN didn't pay anything, but for the annual price it is still worth getting.,
AWESOME we are Dan members. Good to know
DAN members are supposed to have zero out of pocket at any recognized chamber here, as long as DAN is notified and approves treatment, which it usually does. All of the chambers in Cozumel are recognized. In fact, most standard insurance policies (vs. travel insurance and other supplementals) fully cover chamber treatments under the emergency provisions of the policy. (DAN always files with the primary insurer if there is one and only pays the non-covered portion of that policy -- or a portion thereof as it deems.) If there's a deductible on his regular policy, the patient needs to settle that at discharge.
At our chamber, the patient's health is our first concern and we will find a way to make any necessary treatment -- whether for decompression illness or for something else -- affordable.
The issues with DAN-owned chambers is complex. For one, it means that DAN is both the insurer and the medical provider. Those should be separate to eliminate conflicts about treatment or protocols, which happens more frequently that patients realize. Another is that it is a US not for profit organization, partnered with offshore, for-profit businesses...
Thanks Deb- you say it much better. I miss seeing you at the airport. They said you are at the ports. Be back in sept. Take careEdited: 10 May 2014, 15:28
Haha. I love this place!! No, I'm not at the ports -- don't even have time these days to .buy groceries much less volunteer. Accepted a new challenge.
Oh, shoot. I mis-spoke. DAN membership isn't sufficient for dive accident coverage. You need to buy their insurance, too.
Ds2.....a couple of questions. You seem to have first hand information.
"at any recognized chamber here" -- what would be an example of a non-recognized chamber?
"At our chamber, the patient's health is our first concern" -- which chamber is your chamber?
"Another is that it is a US not for profit organization, partnered with offshore, for-profit businesses..." -- can you give us an example of this? Many non-profit organizations have investments in for-profit businesses as a means of growing their limited funds. Is DAN partnered with something in particular that we should be concerned about?
If your last post is correct, the article is definately mis-leading.
I've been a DAN member for many years. Luckily never had to use their services. Maybe I should know more about them than I do.
Thank you.Edited: 10 May 2014, 15:44
I've been a DAN member with DAN-sponsored insurance as long as I've been diving because that's the smart play IMO and I don't have a big savings account. If you would like to take the balance of my answers as a PM, that would be best as this is a travel forum and we are skirting the edge of inappropriate material.