Americans living in Mexico praise ‘Seguro Popular’ Universal Health Care

 

My doctor at CostaMed in Mahahual.  Dr. Karla Velasco, speaks English well, and not bad on the eyes either.

My doctor at CostaMed in Mahahual. Dr. Karla Velasco, speaks English well, and not bad on the eyes either.

There is a lot of problems and controversy in the USA at the moment over Obamacare and health insurance. A lot of citizens of the USA now are without health insurance. In fact, I had an uncle and a good friend of mine die because they did not health insurance and could not afford to go to the doctor. That happens a lot in the USA now.

Health care in the USA is not affordable to the average citizen now, and the number one cause of people going bankrupt in the USA is medical bills. Not so here in Mexico.

Health care in Mexico is still very affordable, and quite good. In most urban areas, and Mahahual for that matter all the doctors speak English. In fact to graduate from medical schools in Mexico now, doctors have to be able to understand and speak English. Merida in Yucatan has some of the best hospitals in the world, and is a hot spot for medical tourism.

Medical tourism is people from the USA or other countries coming here to Mexico to get medical or dental work, at a fraction of the cost as say the USA. Everything from major surgery to complete dental work is a fraction of the cost of the USA, and the average is around 30% what it would cost in the USA. I met a woman last night who is in Playa del Carmen getting some major dental work here, and it is only costing her $1,500 USD, compared to over $7,000 USA in the USA. She informed me, even including her airfare and hotel room, she is still saving over $4,000 by having her work down here. I also know a woman who had a triple hernia operation in Chetumal, and it only cost her $1,400 USD, compared to the over $45,000 it would have cost her in the USA.

In Mahahual we have CostaMed clinic near the port, and all the doctors there speak English, and are well trained. CostaMed also takes a lot of USA health insurance, as well as other countries. I have gone to CostaMed on several occasions and they have always taken good care of me.

I will be in the near future writing a post about healthcare in Mexico compared to Belize, and I will go into more prices and benefits of Mexican health care. I am enclosing an article below I got from the Yucatan Times, that is about Mexico’s own kind of Obamacare, it seems to be working, and a lot of ExPats from the USA are signing up and taking advantage of it.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Published On: Mon, Jul 14th, 2014
http://www.yucatantimes.com

Universal Health Care is currently at the center of a heated debate in the United States, but in the neighboring nation of Mexico, it’s a reality.

Yes, now Mexico offers coverage to millions of uninsured people, and even some Americans living in Mexico have taken advantage of this new insurance programme.

10 years ago, half of Mexico 110 million people had no medical insurance whatsoever, because in Mexico like in the U.S., most coverage was linked to employment, but now they have universal health care, thanks to the “Seguro Popular”.

An American couple living in San Miguel de Allende Mexico, the town with the largest concentration of Expats in this country, wanted the insurance in case of an emergency, so they enrolled.

A few days later both of them were involved in situations that required medical attention, they found themselves in the Emergency Room of the General Hospital in San Miguel, twice in a matter of days. They got X-Rays, and then a bilingual doctor explained them that there were no broken bones, etc., and at the end, they were simply amazed to find out there was no cost.

Premiums are charged on a sliding scale, home ownership is one if the deciding factors, anyone can sign up for the government funded programme, most people that make little or nothing, children are fully covered.

Though access has expanded, the quality of medical care in Mexico may vary from state to state, and it’s not as good in poor rural areas. But at least, in this region of Central Mexico (San Miguel Allende), people seemed very pleased with the service.

At this point, you might be asking yourself: What do an American has to do to take advantage of the “Seguro Popular”, first of all, let’s make it clear that you do not have to be a Mexican citizen, you just need to prove that you reside legally in this country.

The question is: If Universal Health Care is becoming a reality in a country like Mexico, why does it remain controversial in the United States?

There are also a lot of free clinics in Mexico, where doctors and dentists go to villages like Mahahual and provide free health care to the people and children who cannot afford to go to a big city.  Here are some photos below of a recent free clinic here.

There are also a lot of free clinics in Mexico, where doctors and dentists go to villages like Mahahual and provide free health care to the people and children who cannot afford to go to a big city. Here are some photos below of a recent free clinic here.

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4 thoughts on “Americans living in Mexico praise ‘Seguro Popular’ Universal Health Care

  1. Martha R Stevenson says:

    Do you have to go to same clinic you signed up for SP? Can you get booster immunizations there?
    Do you have the same doctor each time?

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