This morning I stumbled on the link to a recent (Dec. 28) news video about Americans getting health care, this time a very good report by PBS. Here is the link to the video:
It’s so gratifying to see the US media finally checking their facts, and being positive about Mexico! This broadcast, and another several days earlier on CBS Evening News, are letting the world in on one of the secrets those of us who live in Mexico already knew: you can get excellent health care for very reasonable prices. In most cases the care we get in Mexico is better than we’d receive in the States!
Just as in the Canadian health care system, the larger the city (or the faster it is growing), the more demand on the IMSS system. In these places the wait for non-emergency care may be longer than in a small town. In such cases patients often opt out and go to a private doctor, which is incredibly reasonable. One cardiologist I know charges only 300 pesos (about $23 US) for an office visit. An internist may charge about $50 US for a house call.
Another option is to take out a world-wide major medical policy. My total yearly premium is less than I used to pay for the quarterly co-pay in the States! And it covers me world-wide. The only catch is that it’s only available to ex-pats; they assume you’ll get most of your care where it is more affordable.
Anyone who is considering retiring should consider making the move to Mexico, we’ve got more than wonderful weather!
Carol Billups is Broker/Owner of REALTY EXECUTIVES Los Cabos. A Certified Home Marketing Specialist, she has enjoyed working with both buyers and sellers for nine years and still thinks hers is the best job on earth. She is also the real estate columnist for Los Cabos Magazine and the real estate co-ordinator for the Los Cabos Now program on CaboMil FM (www.cabomil.com.mx). You can read more of her articles on www.reloscabos.com. You can reach her from the U.S. or Canada at 1-760-481-7694, or in Cabo at 044-624-147-7541.
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