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Old 01-02-2005, 09:17 PM
andromeda1111 andromeda1111 is offline
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Okay, obviously I know not what I need to do to pay for the surgery, and hear the terms Euros. and International creditors mentioned, and to top it off I have Dyscalculia (look it up on the net) basically a learning disibility in relation to numbers and how to utilize them, I need help in how to transfer US dollars into Euros? where do I do this? I wired some money for my second opinion to Zeegers but they never got it and my credit union did not understand how to wire the money to begin with, (they are morons) they kept asking for a route number. I gave them all the information possible that was provided to me by alpha klinik... so what happens...they lose my money, I certainly do not want to go through that again.

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Old 01-02-2005, 11:04 PM
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Here is a currency converter I use:

http://fxtop.com/

Type in the $ amount in Euros - hit Enter - and it will show you how much it will cost in US dollars. Be aware that the conversion % is the amount used for "millions".....the rate is actually a little higher for amounts less than $1M (however it will give you some idea of the cost). Your bank should be able to provide you with the accurate exchange rate.
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Old 01-02-2005, 11:24 PM
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I use www.xe.com
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:13 AM
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I always use this particular site for currency conversion it's a "realtime" one and does the conversion for you as the exchange rate varies.

http://www.gcitrading.com/converter.htm

I would have thought that your banks would do currency exchange for you?

I paid for all my ADR at the Alphaklinik on my credit card. I had to increase the limit on it of course but the Alphaklinik were happy to have credit card payments. It could be a good idea to e-mail the finance administrators at the Alphaklinik to see if that is still possible? However the dollar taking a dive at the moment it could be a good idea simply to buy Euros straight from the bank
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Old 01-03-2005, 07:57 AM
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So when Alpha Klinik sends you the estimate is it actually more? It was listed at around $18,000 plus extra $1,000 for back brace more for extra MRI, which is what I hear other people spending for Charite. I asked my friend this... she use to live in Germany and said that they would have sent it in US dollars.

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Old 01-03-2005, 09:25 AM
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Hi Laura,
I will send you a copy of mine. The brace is compulsory and should be included

They stuck to my quote to the penny
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Old 01-03-2005, 09:45 AM
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Here it is for everyone


From secretaresse

To: Alastair

Sent Saturday, February 02, 2002 9:27 PM

Subject: cage or dp 1 level


EXPENSES

Corresponding the guidelines of the �Deutsehen Bundespflegesatzverordnung� and �Deutschen Geb�hrenordnung f�r Ante (GOA)�

Cage or Disc-prosthesis 1 level
I. Preoperative examination internist en anesthetist: ca. � 281,20
2. anaesthetist fee ca � 1.278,25 - � 1.789,50
3. exclusion of thrombosis with Duplex-Doppler-sonography � 143,15
4. Pee of orthopaedic surgeon, assistant of orthopedic surgeon,
Stand-by fee vascular surgeon, cost of physician fee
for postoperative supervision, physician fee for clinic visits,
check-up and dressing the wound and 24-hours service in the clinic � 2.684,30
5. Surgery related cost (the all-inclusive price for this surgery
mci.: implants, dressing material,
pre-operative, intra-operative medication
use of the operating room, use of the wake up room, wake up room assistant fee,
anesthesia assistant fee,
overhead cost
� 6.571,35
6. 4 hospitaL days at � 596,40 2.385,60
8.956,95
� 16%VAT � 1.433,10
� 10.390,05


total cost

� 15.288,08


Half of the amount is due at arrival in the clinic; the other half at the day of departure.
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Old 01-03-2005, 09:47 AM
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yes, 18000 quote would have been in Euros. And since the US Dollar has been pretty crappy it takes about $1.35 US Dollars to purchase 1.00 Euro right now. Prob. even as much as $1.40 to buy a Euro. The quotes that we get from Europe are in their currency. My surgery was quoted for about 30,000 Euros and it ended up costing me about $38,000 US dollars becuase of exchange rate. Didn't include flights or hotel either. I was a 3 level but not of Dr. Zeegers so prices differ.
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Old 01-03-2005, 10:10 AM
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Alastair,
This typo gave me a good chuckle "Pee of Orthopedic Surgeon"...
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Old 01-03-2005, 11:19 AM
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The second figure after the first is after adding Value added Tax, chargable in the UK and Europe - -this is just the surgery and aftercare and no flight or hotel
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