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Oasis of Hope Hospital???

5 years after a radical hysterectomy due to cervical cancer. My wife noticed a little bleeding which required a visit to a Gyn. 2 weeks a pap smear, that was normal, and CT scan that showed a Large mass 7 centimeters in and around the rectal area. She was refered to a Gyn/Onc specialist. A Biopsy was performed that is Non malignant, a Chest Xray and a rectal swab that were both Normal.
The specialist, still sure that this is a reacurrence of the cervical cancer, sent her to a Radiation Oncologist. (We are at this point now) This doctor was asked to set up a CTscan Biopsy to make sure it is or is not cancer,but wants to talk about Chemo and radiation before the Biopsy. We felt that the Biopsy should come first, so we made them aware of this and they did reschedule the ctscan biopsy this morning. To follow up with Radiation consult Tuesday.
  The Radiation Oncologist explained to us how the procedure will work, and
That they would enter the center of the mass to draw fluid with a very small needle, of course he would not be the person doing the procedure.
This is where a new Doctor told us how the procedure was really going to happen. They want to pull a chunk of the mass near the center . My wife was immediately not happy and asked a question that we have been asking since we found out it may be Cancer. If you  do the Biopsy and it does turn out to be Cancer, Will this cause the cancer cells to spread? We have been told yes by 2 doctors and the ones we have been paying seem to avoid the question.
Also the doctors are surprised that my wife is not feeling bad still has an appetite, not tired, no weight loss, Just pressure from the mass. If anyone knows the answer to this, please reply.
we have been looking at a Hospital called the Oasis of Hope in Tiajuana, Has anyone been there??
We are considering there program, and would like to know . We are needing a doctor that will not abondon us. 4 weeks and 5 different doctors 5 different explanations on everything. We just need the facts besides what you get off the internet.Please Help.  
  
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I am Not a Doctor, But I am mexican, and All I can say..is Mexicans who are used to really bad medicle care  wont trust a mexican hospital. Have you tried MD ANDERSON cancer institute. in houston texas, it is the number 2 hospital in all of the united states for cancer
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I started going to the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Aug. of 07.  I have breast cancer and that is what they are best at treating down there.  The hospital is as clean as any of the many hospitals I have been at here in the states.  The doctors are excellent and the treatment really does work.  I had less than a year to live and now the doctors think that I may actually go into remission! I swear by them and I know they saved my life.  The treatment is nowhere near as harsh as the treatments that I have used here.
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I started going to the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Aug. of 07.  I have breast cancer and that is what they are best at treating down there.  The hospital is as clean as any of the many hospitals I have been at here in the states.  The doctors are excellent and the treatment really does work.  I had less than a year to live and now the doctors think that I may actually go into remission! I swear by them and I know they saved my life.  The treatment is nowhere near as harsh as the treatments that I have used here.
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I have been going to the Oasis of Hope Clinic for over 3.5  years now. They have helped me, but I must warn you that I have paid over 300 thousand dollars so far.  The 25,000 that was posted here is just an introductory. If you have a severe case, you will pay a lot of money. I am fortunate to have some money from my aerospace company I founded, but my honest opinion is that this hospital will help you the most and get you better if you have a lot of money. They are in a figurative sense, milking me of my money but, I really have no other choice, while it is costing me a lot of money, they are keeping me alive. So I am grateful for that. They do ozone iv, uv iv, perftec, vitamin c iv, laetrile iv, vit k iv and nurtracuticals. Also they do light chemo too. The light chemo has helped me a little too.
The treatment is very expenisive at Oasis. The rates for medicines, surgeries are more expensive than in England. For example, an antibiotic in England cost me about say $30 US. The same at Oasis, they charged me $250 US.  To remove a cyst in England I was quoted about $500 US. I paid almost $3000 US at the Oasis of Hope Hospital. That is a much higher rate. A bone scan in England cost me about $400 US through a private company, at Oasis I paid a bloody  $1000 US.

My room was on the third floor and had a view of a newly constructed apartment building, really nothing special. There is a chapel near my room, where I like to go and pray. There is also a Chaplin there full time named Bruce. He is a shaved haired American guy, who dresses casually, with shorts and a pink polo shirt. His services were okay, but a lot of patients told me that he stared at them in the eyes too much and they got frightened by him with this rigid eye contact. He is a volunteer, and he does have a good heart though, but he has no idea about the financial side of Oasis.

The owner is Dr. Contreras Jr,, He is a very intelligent guy,first, his intelligence is in the form of being a clever businessman first. He really presents himself as a religious man, but I will say that after 3.5 years of getting acquainted with him, the man's first priority is money.

He uses religion to hide his somewhat money hungry side. He lives in San Diego in a large estate , just across the border. He also has a large property with maids and expensive furniture and antiques in Tijuana and a house in Vienna, as well as many houses throughout resort cities in Mexico and Europe. Most who work with him, think he is very humble person, who lives a meager lifestyle and is deeply involved in religion. Yet, he lives the life of a wealthy aristocrat. He keeps a very low profile on monetary matters.  He does very little there in terms of actual medical practice at Oasis, mainly he just checks on the business and make sure thing are in order. He comes in a few times a week to check up on things. He does meet once a week with his team of doctors and he does evaluate some patients.

But, his role is mostly a PR role and he mostly does question and answer interviews in the Oasis cafeteria and on the third floor in their meeting room. He is very charismatic guy, dressed in expensive Armani  suits with slightly grayed hair and skin that has been treated and pampered with facials.

His nephew is named Daniel Kennedy and he is the CEO. I met him many times too. He also presents himself as a religious guy, with a degree in divinity.

He would also tell me stories about how he was working on  a doctorate in psychology and that was his passion. He by training has an MBA and is the main person that took Oasis of Hope Hospital from a more Christian based hospital that was originally the plan of the founder Ernesto Contreras Sr (father), who sought to help everyone , to a more business run place with the first priority of making money first then helping.

Having talk to Daniel Kennedy many times, the financial side to Daniel Kennedy came out numerous times.

Actually under the leadership of Daniel Kennedy, Oasis Hospital shifted its business plan from charging marginally fair and competitive rates to charging far more expensive rates, well more than I would pay in the UK. Daniel Kennedy changed the pricing scheme to address the psychological impression that people have on price. His idea was to charge more money, as this would be associated with having better medical care.

Daniel Kennedy also developed a revenue sharing  model that allows doctors to acquire a commission of all charges incurred. So, doctors that perform extra tests and extra scans and procedures will get a percentage of these profits. This is perhaps the worse thing that happened to Oasis of Hope Hospital.

Daniel Kennedy's revenue based sharing has allowed the Oasis of hope hospital to substantially increase their profits. Patients may get extra tests and procedures in the process, depending on the doctor.

His fondness of wealth and business came out. Daniel Kennedy has expensive taste and he talked to me several times because they know I am successful , he talked to me about opening a clinic in England. He talked about the amount of money that could be made there if the proper people were involved. But, he did not mention about the people that could be helped.

He is a business guy who since his involvement with his uncle, has turned Oasis to a money making machine. Oasis profited over $20 million dollars US after expenses in 2006. That is how they can afford to be in Playas de Tijuana, basically on the beach in Tijuana, the most affluent part of Tijuana. It is actually across the street from the beach. There is an arena on the beach where they do bull fighting and other sports.

Considering the low gross domestic product per citizen in Mexico, $10,000 US is considered a good salary salary in Mexico. The low cost of labor, makes Dr. Contreras Jr. and Daniel Kennedy his nephew , very wealthy men.

Oasis Hospital by the way, does not engage in revenue sharing with other employees, from the lower tier rank and file. They earn the bare minimum, which is the a livable wage, but slightly above the poverty line there. As of today, I don't know their current financials now.  But , I would assume that it is in the millions, that is profit too.

Dr. Contreras is a very wealthy man, most do not know this because he presents himself as a devout Christian. He hides this financial side of him through religion and charisma.  But, if he indeed were pious, then try walking into his clinic with a little money and sick , service will be refused.

Hence the dominant customer base are folks like myself from the UK. I don't want to say that Dr. Contreras Jr. is not religious, because he is, but money is his first priority above everything, then comes religion, kind of contradictory to the Christian faith.  The money side to Dr. Contreras Jr. takes precedence over health care. The father Dr. Contreras Sr, was more of an altruistic person and believed that money should be secondary to helping people.

It is possible too that because they know I am wealthy, they feel that i should and others like me in my position need to pay more. I met other wealthy people, Oasis had definitely helped them get better, but it cost them some of their hard earned money. But again, I am alive and I guess this is the price to stay alive. I would rather spend $300,000 and be alive, then not be alive. I really thank Oasis for helping me, but don't go there thinking that you will only spend the bare minimum if you are very sick. Be prepared to pay a lot of money. There are many other clinics in Tijuana that are much cheaper if you can't afford the large amount you may end up spending. I figure that I will need to spend a total of 700,000  , because I have the  next decade for maintanence to stay alive.

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