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12-12-14 - DC: Got a note from a friend, MK, concerned about my condition as I have been reporting I've had some low level bug for the last couple of months here in Bali. He wrote:

I tried to do some research for you and copied Tindog’s post on Lonely Planet from about 4 years old. I hope a Catchpool has moved there since. 

DC: Dr Catchpool was a Brit doctor in Sausalito who was a specialist in tropical diseases. We both had seen him.

If you must go to a doctor you will, unfortunately, run into one of the more ugly aspects of Bali. Medical care - and medical competance - in Indonesia is not really up to scratch, and that very much includes Bali. To make matters worse, it generally seems that hypocratic oaths mean nothing on the Island of the Gods and a sick foreigner is simply an excellent business oppertunity.
There are various clinics and hospitals aimed specifically at foreigners, which inevitably charge sky-high prices. As a rule the small "clinics" dotted around resort areas like Kuta and Sanur are best avoided altogether. Judging by the stories that emerge from these places the competancy - and even the qualifications - of the staff are often in doubt.
There are more established "foreigner medical facilities", highest profile of which is BIMC on the main Kuta-Sanur road. Lots of hotels direct their guests there, and plenty of the less clued-up expats go there too. However, the prices are absolutely eye-watering, and a steady stream of stories suggesting that the staff might not always know what they're doing, and that business interest rule over those of care, emerge on the internet. And they send any really serious cases to the big government hospital at Sanglah anyway.

My recomendation would be to seek out one of the private hospitals in Denpasar not+ targetted at foreigners. Sadly all of these places in Bali also have triple pricing - one price for locals, one price (usually double) for resident foreigners, and another price for tourists (usually double again). But you'll still pay less than at BIMC, and will certainly not recieve any +lower standard of care.
I went to Surya Husada in Denpasar with a chest infection once and was quite happy with the treatment (though not with the price - there's none of this multi-tier pricing when I go to the doctor in Java)....

DC response modified and updated:

We're pretty well connected. Have written about Aussie Kim who's Katrinka's doc (nurse practitioner). Katrinka paid Kim about twelve dollars for a visit to get her blood pressure med which is just six bucks a month. We went to the clinic around the corner (and this is Sanur) for a weird infection we both had last February and that was about sixteen bucks each which included the medicine. Kat took a friend to the ritzy Kuta SOS (specializing in foreigners) and they spent hours carefully picking the gravel out of her face after a bicycle accident and she got stitches on her face which has healed well. Excellent English speaking Korean women doctors. That was expensive for here - three million - about 250 bucks. An Aussie acupuncturist tennis buddy has suggested a particular hospital or clinic for locals to me which he says is good and will be a lot cheaper than SOS or BIMC. We've got insurance but nothing yet that big. I'm thinking of going to that clinic. Driver Nyoman knows it. We just took worm medicine (about a dollar each). We read, mainly Kat, about all sorts of scams and people to watch out for but so far no problem and not hearing bad stories about medical treatment here.

Post note: I ended up getting acupuncture and Chinese herbal pills from Aussie buddy plus two visits. He was very helpful but I won't repeat because it's too expensive - but still about half of what it would be back home.

Katrinka read that at BIMC, 60 to 70% of their business is from people falling in holes in sidewalks and tripping on uneven pavement and so forth. It's one big mindfulness lesson to walk around here.