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Mexico In Top 5 Countries For Health Care

Monday, February 24th, 2014

A doctors office visit for $40? And if they come to your house the same price? Impossible you say? Not in Mexico its’ not, where an overnight stay in a hospital is less than $100 and a dentist visit is less than $30.

You will pay a fraction of the cost for all of your health care needs in Mexico compared to the U.S. and the doctors are well-trained and courteous. Most medium sited cities and all of the expat havens have at least one first-rate hospital with all of the latest technology and equipment. Read more here  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/internationallivingcom/best-countries-for-health-care_b_4773837.html

Health Care In Mexico

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Mexican Doctors and Dentists

Many Americans who live near the border get their medical and dental needs by crossing into Mexico. If it wasn’t a good idea they would try it once and never go back. But go back they do, and not just because the prices are right…they also receive excellent care. The same is true throughout most of Mexico, especially in those areas where expats are living. Many American doctors have gone to Mexico med-school for their training since the U.S. medical cabal has intentionally limited enrollments at schools in the U.S. (supply and demand considerations, you know). And many Mexican doctors have done their residency in the U.S. and Europe.

Many of the Mexican doctors and dentists speak some English, even in small towns. And they still do house calls, which I have heard about but never actually remember where I live in San Diego. I feel fortunate when I get a phone call returned from my doctor. The cost of Mexico medical care is generally far less than one-half of U.S. prices. You can get a tooth filled for about $25.00, and a root canal will run about $300 -$400. A doctors visit runs about $20….about the cost of two movie passes at your local mall theater to see a film made for teenage girls.

There may be good reasons not to try living in Mexico for some people, but fear of not having access to good doctors and dentists is not one of them.

There Is No Medicare In Mexico…Yet

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

One of the most misunderstood considerations that puzzle many gringos as they ponder a life south-of-the-border is the health-care options. What happens if I break my ankle on one of those damn charming cobblestones? Or a coconut drops on my head (you’re probably dead) while swinging in my hammock, or my gastrointestinal tract slips its track? Do I have to evacuate to Phoenix or, if I don’t, does the local medic have any semblance of a license to practice medicine…on humans? And will he speak English, ‘cause I sure as hell don’t speak Mexican?

The fact is that if you are one of the 40 million Americans who have no health insurance at home, you will be much better off in Mexico, and if you do have insurance at home, you still might be better off in Mexico. (I can’t speak to the Canadian situation, eh?).

So, can’t I just use my Medicare benefits that I’ve paid into for 40 years? No, not in Mexico…not yet. There are studies now being conducted to figure out a viable way to integrate Medicare into Mexico, and as the number of Americans moving to Mexico increases, it should happen in the future. To do so would not only benefit the recipients, but would also decrease the costs to the U.S. government, as services are a fraction of the U.S. amount in Mexico. (see this web site for more info: http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~healthp/index.html.

With the number of North Americans (I know, Mexico is in North America, but here I refer to Americans and Canadians) moving to Mexico expected to skyrocket in the coming boomer-retirement years, there is a clear need for a consistent, easy-to-accomplish portability program for medical insurance. I expect this to happen in the near-future, but the feds are going to need to get involved to make it happen on a wide-scale. Already, there are U.S. companies that operate near the border on the north side who are covering their employees to have their medical care on the Mexican side…because it saves them a lot of money. It’s a great idea, and clearly illustrates the absurdity of the escalating costs on the north side, where a family of four, those who can afford it, can easily expect to spend over $1,000 a month for medical and dental coverage. Mexico, for the most part, provides care as good, and some people I know will say better, than the U.S. Many of Mexican doctors have been trained in North America and Europe and the system is designed to provide personal care, and not perpetuate the for-obscene-profit health-care corporatocracy that we have become. Health care costs have far out-paced inflation in our country as care has rapidly declined. There are many reasons why a person would not consider moving to Mexico, but fear of inadequate health services should not be one of them.