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    After a serious scare with my Son yesterday, it got me thinkin...

    What are the hospitals/medical care like in Alaska? IIRC Fairbanks has a top notch hospital. I'm assuming theres one in Anchorage? I just realized I'm completely ignorant on this part of Ak, and would like some information

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    Anchorage has 3 major hospitals. Providence, Alaska Regional, and the Alaska Native Medical Center. The later provides care based on your race or who you are related to. Providence is part of a national chain of church run hospitals. Regional is an Alaskan based hospital. All 3 of them are state of the art modern hospitals.

    There are also hospitals in Wasilla, Soldotna, Seward, Homer, Valdez and many other smaller cities. In between you'll find a wide variety of medical clinics scattered all over the place.

    To get to the hospitals, we have a lot of very able and sometimes highly advanced ambulance services as well and flight medic services. There are places where you can be a couple hours by road (or trail) away from medical care, but have a helicopter with a flight nurse & paramedic land to save your bacon within 30 minutes of calling for help. In many regards our systems up here rival the best that America has to offer.
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    Thanks JOAT. That eases my mind. A LOT. I appreciate the information!!!

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    Ok, one more question, if someone can answer...

    How is the Pediatric services? Our son has been having siezure problems (just started out of the blue), and while we're taking the steps necessary to get it controlled (meds, specialists, etc) a little reassurance would go a long way for me right now.

    Appreciate any information yall can give.

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    What part of Ga are you in?
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    NE, between Atlanta and the GA/SC state line.

    I'm just lookin for some info for when we make it up to AK.

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    There are specialists in Atlanta (between the volunteers at Shepherd's and private practice) that are far more experimental than most of what you will find up here. It's tough to give concrete data but I would say Anchorage is slightly behind Athens. The child psychology is lacking up here when compared with some of the work being done in Augusta.

    That being said, the treatment would probably be very similar in Anchorage unless you make a great deal of money.

    Your choices will be far more limited if you are thinking rural Alaska.
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    All 3 of the major Anchorage hospitals have pediatric units.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOAT View Post
    Anchorage has 3 major hospitals. Providence, Alaska Regional, and the Alaska Native Medical Center. The later provides care based on your race or who you are related to. Providence is part of a national chain of church run hospitals. Regional is an Alaskan based hospital. All 3 of them are state of the art modern hospitals.
    Be more clear.
    1. ANMC is a gub'mint run, BIA hospital for Natives and their dependents.
    2. Yes, a non-Native spouse could have work done there, but you'll be charged.
    3. Being a gub'mint run facility, you will want to have the work done in one of the other two. Based on hard experience.
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    Thanks a bunch yall. Eases my mind. Its enough of a PITA here. Hopefully things are well situated by the move. Then again.. I guess I shouldn;t worry. My Uncle was a NNICU Dr at Fairbanks back when, and I'm alive and kickin after bein born a premie in Fairbanks hospital Guess I've just had a d'uh! moment

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