I had a bad experience with Hospiten over the weekend. So I thought I'd share and let you know about a potential scam - this could catch out a lot of unwary tourists as well as locals. I went to emergency with pains in my right side and an allergic rash. After waiting almost 2 hours for the emergency lab assistant to arrive to take my blood and start the lab work (funny how a nurse doesn't seem to be able to take blood here) they took my blood and started the lab work. The results were quite fast. It seems that they had performed a whole battery of tests - probably eveything they could think of and definitely more than the symptoms called for. Doctor Ricardo Noe Lopez Plata pored over the results for at least 10 seconds and concluded that I had Dengue ... "probably". And he recommended that I be hospitalized immediately for observation. Strange I thought, I don't even have a fever... So I declined the offer of bed and breakfast and paid my bill of $282 which mainly seemed to consist of overinflated lab tests - but hey it was an emergency... and said I would be back if I started hemorrhaging from all orifices. Next day I went to our family doctor who checked me over and laughed at the battery tests they performed, and read the doctors report ("I can't believe he put it in writing!"). Apparently they'd performed a lot of unnecessary tests - actually they'd performed almost every test available except the all important Dengue test. The clincher being that they'd recommended hospitalization. No doubt at some stage they would have performed the Dengue test and then sent me home with a hospital bill to pay too. According to our family doc, this a common tactic at Hospiten. The worst cases are those of tourists where the Hotels and everyone in the chain get kickbacks from the hospital to make sure you arrive at Hospiten. Anyway I would avoid them. Oh the place is spotlessly clean and by all appearances is a reputable hospital.