Doctors Office Visit in Bacalar

I was sitting here this morning going over some photos I took last week on my trip to Bacalar, and the Maya Ejido village David Gustavo. I took a bunch of photos and I was going through them picking out the best for an article I am in the process of writing.

I came across these 2 photos, and I had forgotten that I had taken, so I am going to post these photos today, and write a short post on a recent trip to a doctor’s office in Bacalar.

Last week, I went with a friend to Bacalar on the way to see the Ejido village I am working with. He needed to get his new driver’s license, so we stopped in Bacalar so he could take care of all that. One of the things he needed to do to renew his license, was to get a blood test, and a check up from a doctor.

So we stopped at a Simalres pharmacy in the center of Bacalar, because they have a medical doctor at most Simalres drug stores in Mexico, kind of a next door clinic. All the doctors are professionally trained and are real doctors, with medical degrees and everything.

So we walk in, doctor sees my friend in about five minutes. So I am sitting there and I look up and read the signs on the wall, and I noticed 2 signs, and thought to myself, you know this would be some photos to share to my blog readers.

Doctor's Consultation 45 pesos, that is about $3 USD, now think about that, $3 to see a doctor here in Mexico, a REAL doctor.

Doctor’s Consultation 45 pesos, that is about $3 USD, now think about that, $3 to see a doctor here in Mexico, a REAL doctor.

So I am sitting there thinking to myself, $3 USA money, and you can see a doctor here.  Then I looked over and read the doctor’s degrees on the wall, and I looked back at the sign, and I thought to myself, damn people are getting screwed in the USA on health care.  The degrees all looked good to me, prestigious universities in Mexico, and this doctor has a little office in Bacalar, charging about $3 USD an office visit.  I thought to myself, in the USA you can’t leave a doctor’s office without it costing you $100, even if you have insurance in some cases.

I then thought to myself, well maybe that is just to get them in the office, and maybe the procedures and other services will be high to make up for the only 45 pesos consultation fee.  So I got up and read this sign.

Price list of all the procedures and services the doctor provides in his office.  Notice not many of them are more 15 or 20 pesos.  You can translate if you really want to see for yourself, but most are just like stiches, cleaning wounds, stuff like that.

Price list of all the procedures and services the doctor provides in his office. Notice not many of them are more than 35 or 55 pesos. You can translate if you really want to see for yourself, but most are just like stitches, cleaning wounds, stuff like that.

I, myself have seen one of these doctors myself for my diabetes, and I can tell from experience, the doctors here in Mexico are just as qualified as the doctors in the USA.  Now the USA may have better specialists in some fields, but on the average the doctors here are good and qualified.  I just cannot believe they only charge 45 pesos for a doctor consultation.

I am a diabetic, and my diabetes medicine only costs me about $10 USD a month with no doctor visit to get my prescription, so I am very happy with my health care here in Mahahual and Mexico.

So as you are sitting around today after reading this and thinking, only $3 USD to see a qualified doctor in Bacalar and Mahahual, Mexico, why am I paying all these insurance premiums and doctor’s fees in the USA, and how can they do that in Mexico?

Just remember,there are a lot of other things here in Mahahual, and Costa Maya Mexico that are cheaper and better than in the USA and Canada.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South carolina

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