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I just got off the phone with Heidi Piccolo of Hiperbarica De Cozumel, which is located in Clinica San Miguel on Calle 6 between Av. 5 and Av. 10
As I have mentioned several times before, and just again for clarification, Dr. Piccolo is in no way related to the SSS Chambers. In fact, Dr. Piccolo is the registered DAN facility in Cozumel, NOT the SSSI Chamber.
Dr. Piccolo has been working very closely with DAN during all of the SSS drama, and has reached an agreement with DAN regarding fees and payments. As always, Dr. Piccolo's chamber will continue accepting DAN and they will file your claim for you without problems.
Heidi relayed some additional information to me about the SSS situation, which brought many things to light regarding that chamber and the owner and previous owner.
Dr. Piccolo has been working very closely with DAN during all of the SSI drama, and has reached an agreement with DAN regarding fees and payments. As always, Dr. Piccolo's chamber will continue accepting DAN and they will file your claim for you without problems.
What are you saying?
Is there still a certain chamber there that will not accept DAN? Is this a different operation? A bit confusing.
I for one have had up close and personal experience with both DAN and Dr. Piccilo. They are both tops in my books. We had some minor problems with DAN at first but that was all worked out and everything was covered. DAN even paid the wire transfer fees from my bank.
Not to hijack here....but I also got word from John Moore of Dive BARBDOS and there is no problem with the chamber there in BARBADOS and DAN.
Plus...I got an email from DAN today saying that even at an SSS chamber....DAN is good even with them with NO out of pocket costs for the insured. Yes, DAN and SSS are having squabbles...but supposedly not to degree it effects a DAN customer.
In case you missed it - from a Sticky thread in Basic Scuba Forum...
Originally Posted by DocVikingo
Mauricio Moreno has sold 6 of the 9 SSS chambers involved in the dispute. He still owns those in Nassau, Cancun & Cabo San Lucas, and they're still not playing ball, but they're on the market. DAN has arrived at a payment agreement with the owners of the 6 sold units, although the amount of reimbursement is substantially above DAN's reasonable & customary fees.
For those heading to Thailand, the Phuket & Koh Samui facilities are in the clear for the DAN insured among you. For the CZM bound, this means that now both the SSS and Hyperbarica Cozumel facilites are accepting DAN.
In the meantime, Moreno is playing dirty; along with the gratuitous attacks on DAN for its for-profit subsidiaries and performance as a non-profit organization that appear on SSS's website and last email, he has deposed a silly number of DAN, NBS & AGI personnel and even named some in the suit. The suit is scheduled to go to trial in early May, but it's going to mediation in a couple of weeks and it seems hopeful that all will be ironed out during that proceeding.