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Let me just vent for a minute. This medical exam is too much!
They have raised the cost too high & not everything is even included!

My fiance went today for the medical exam at Akai House & it cost 1733ghc PLUS the cost of 8 passport photos.

He already had the Hep B vaccine.

So... 1733 ghc covered:

An X-Ray

Blood & Urine sample

3 Vaccines : Pneumococcal , MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella) & MenecVax (meningococcal meningitis.)

& He has to come back & pay 250ghc MORE for the next stage of the shots....

Like it is never ending!

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Let me just vent for a minute. This medical exam is too much!

They have raised the cost too high & not everything is even included!

My fiance went today for the medical exam at Akai House & it cost 1733ghc PLUS the cost of 8 passport photos.

He already had the Hep B vaccine.

So... 1733 ghc covered:

An X-Ray

Blood & Urine sample

3 Vaccines : Pneumococcal , MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella) & MenecVax (meningococcal meningitis.)

& He has to come back & pay 250ghc MORE for the next stage of the shots....

Like it is never ending!

I don't know what the worth of that currency is in dollars..... but yes the medicals are expensive. In Sweden it costs around $400 if you include x-ray... but without additional vaccinations which range from $30-120 /shot, or so, depending on which you are missing...it's crazy...


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The cost of the medical sounds about right to me to be honest with you.

1733 exchanges to £335.63

250 exchanges to £48.42

My medical at London Knightsbridge cost me £290 straight up. This didn't include any vaccinations. It was my urine sample, chest x-ray, medical physical check up including eyes and a nurse to review my vaccine history.

If I had of had the vaccines I required too then it probably would have been more like £400 maybe more as I don't know how much they cost but I know the vaccines are not cheap.

there are lots of expenses for the Beneficiary after the USC has paid the initial visa fee (or at least for the UK so I am guessing it is the same when it comes to other countries too)

Wait until the AOS has to be paid for... That will probably hurt more than that medical cost.

I was horrified at the £290 medical in London. The minimum wage which most average workers here get paid is £7.20, If you times that by a 40 hour average working week that is £288 before tax. Then your tax at 20% so you may bring home around £230-£250 a week. It took me over a week to earn the money to pay for a medical that took around 1 hour 30 minutes. Then of course its in London, so you had the cost of staying there for the night at £70 Which was cheap its normally more like £170 a night for a budget hotel. £45 to park my car, £12 congestion charges, £50 for the fuel... all in all it cost me £467 plus food and something to drink for the day :)

More than 2 weeks wages gone in one day all for a 1.5 hour appointment.

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It'a a major rip off in Philippines, like $335 now.

You can go to any hospital in the area and get the same stuff done for $50

And they make you go to one small crackerbox ghetto looking hospital in Manila. The whole country has to go there

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I have been following the medical costs around the world, just for my own amusement. The most expensive I have seen so far is Ireland. Although most European countries are not far behind.

The cost in Ghana is outrageous! Although it is similar to the UK cost, we must bear in mind that the average Ghanaian makes a lot less than the average Brit. I do think they should be in line with local wages.

After I paid my final $165 ELIS fee (a fee that spouse visa applicants pay after they get their passports back) I had myself a little celebration that the "please pay" part of this is all over for me now. Until naturalisation. I'm just grateful I don't have AOS or ROC to do.


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Yes if you look at what they earn compared to the UK as you say JFH then they are more than likely going to be different.

So I researched this on a job that I used to do.

According to online as that's all I can go on for another country this is what it works out at.

The average delivery driver in the UK is paid around £1200 per month before taxes.

The average for a delivery driver in Ghana is apparently paid 9000 per month before taxes I am guessing.

9000 ghc Which is the equivalent of £1714

This is only a theory so don't shoot me if i'm wrong as you can only work on averages but...

If a delivery driver gets paid 9000 ghc per month on average in Ghana then the 1733 is almost 23.9% percent of the monthly wage

If a delivery driver gets paid 1200 gbp per month on average then the 290 is almost 24.2% percent of the monthly wage

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I have been following the medical costs around the world, just for my own amusement. The most expensive I have seen so far is Ireland. Although most European countries are not far behind.

The cost in Ghana is outrageous! Although it is similar to the UK cost, we must bear in mind that the average Ghanaian makes a lot less than the average Brit. I do think they should be in line with local wages.

After I paid my final $165 ELIS fee (a fee that spouse visa applicants pay after they get their passports back) I had myself a little celebration that the "please pay" part of this is all over for me now. Until naturalisation. I'm just grateful I don't have AOS or ROC to do.

Almost makes me think that they are using the medical as a means of "weeding" out less serious or fraudulent ppl from applying....


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2016-07-13         NVC Left
2016-07-14         Consulate Rec'd
2016-07-19         Medical
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2016-12-03         Biometrics appointment in mail
2016-12-07         Biometrics (Early walk-in Desoto, appointment was for Dec 13th)

2017-02-17         Notice of card in production by email and text (@8:00 am CT, i-765) - Day 92

2017-02-22         Notice of approval by email and text (@1:00 pm CT, i-765 and i-131) - Day 97

2017-02-22         Notice of card being mailed by email and text (@7:00 pm CT, i-765) - Day 97

2017-02-25         EAD/AP combo card arrived in mail - Day 100

2017-03-03         Notice of green card in production by email and text (@4:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-03         Notice of approval by email and text (@6:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-11          Green card arrived in mail  - Day 113

2018-12-03          First day to file for ROC (i-751)

 

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Wow! Some of these prices are bad. In my country it was 195 dollars in total. They also added an additional test now which I didn't have to take... Only took x-ray, blood test and the general exam.


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1733 Ghana Cedi is equal to about $410 USD

250 Cedi is about $60 USD

We will be together soon though...poor lol but together

Let me just vent for a minute. This medical exam is too much!
They have raised the cost too high & not everything is even included!

My fiance went today for the medical exam at Akai House & it cost 1733ghc PLUS the cost of 8 passport photos.

He already had the Hep B vaccine.

So... 1733 ghc covered:

An X-Ray

Blood & Urine sample

3 Vaccines : Pneumococcal , MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella) & MenecVax (meningococcal meningitis.)

& He has to come back & pay 250ghc MORE for the next stage of the shots....

Like it is never ending!

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Lol Mrsboateng... That's funny.

We feel the same, This process skints you out something terrible and then you get blasted with the AOS.

I guess its a private practice so its going to be expensive either way. its not like it is either funded by NHS or covered by insurance :( Sadly!

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Right! The AOS is $1070 USD, correct?

I don't know how they expect you to pay for a wedding, pay for a honeymoon, & pay for the AOS within 90 days.

It is not realistic. Why should it cost so much to complete a form? The government really makes so much money.

Lol Mrsboateng... That's funny.

We feel the same, This process skints you out something terrible and then you get blasted with the AOS.

I guess its a private practice so its going to be expensive either way. its not like it is either funded by NHS or covered by insurance :( Sadly!

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the price of the AOS has gone up and I think the 1070 was previous price with the biometrics included, have a look on previous posts as I made one about the cost of AOS yesterday :)

Its not realistic unless you are a millionaire I think. Me and my fiance are having a courthouse wedding when I go over in Jan 2017 and then we will have a bigger wedding with all of the family and what not in 2018 possibly

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