Trip to Mahahual Medical Clinic

Yesterday I went to the medical clinic here.  I have kind of a hole in the bottom of my foot, and I thought I should get it checked because I am a diabetic. It has not been healing properly, and I have been putting it off lately.

Well yesterday I moved from the Don Kike hotel to the Arenas Hotel on the very south end of the malecon.  My room was not going to be ready until 3pm, so I had some time to kill.

So I left my bags, and at about 11am, I got on the bike and headed up the malecon to get some lunch and hang around.  I knew the clinic closes at 2pm, so at the last-minute, I decided I had some time, why not pop in and see if I could get my foot looked at.

So I just walked in at about 11:30 am, and by  the time I could drop my back pack, and start to sit down, a nurse pops out from the office.  I told her, in Spanish mind you, that I had a problem with my foot.  She immediately took me back to the doctor.

As I have found out in Mexico, a lot of the doctors here are young attractive women.  In fact the last three doctors I have seen in Mexico were all young women.  So I took off my shoe so she could check me out, and she what she thought of my foot problem.

Dr. Tana Vazqez, from Mexico City, my doctor.

Dr. Tana Vazqez, from Mexico City, my doctor.

She told me there was no major infection, just dead skin she had to cut off.  She cleaned it, cut off the dead skin, and bandaged it, right on the spot.  Her and the nurse, washed it with antiseptic, and wrapped it up pretty good.  She then told me it was no major problem, just try to keep it clean.

She also spent some time and told me how to clean it, and gave me a prescription for some antiseptic cream, and something to put on it after I take a shower.  (What is funny, we were communicating in half English and half Spanish).  She also told me not to wear sandals or flip-flops, go barefoot, and wear socks and shoes.  (I do wear socks and shoes almost all the time, I learned that in the jungles of Belize, so I kind can’t figure out how I got this thing on my foot in the first place).

So while I was there I thought I might as well get my blood pressure checked, and get weighed.  My blood pressure was low, as usual, and I weigh 177 pounds.

My nurse, Lizbeth Reyes, from Chetumal.

My nurse, Lizbeth Reyes, from Chetumal.

So after we were finished with my foot and check up, like I always do… I asked if it was alright if I could ask her some questions.  I told her I was the Gringo with the blog.  I like to find out a lot about medical and health care here, because I get a lot of questions about the state and nature of the health care here from blog readers and tourists that come here.

My doctor was Tana Vazqez, and she is from Mexico City.  She graduated from Instituto Politecnico Nacianal University in Mexico City.  She is a General Medical, which means like a GP doctor in the USA.  She has been in Mahahual for one year, and she also works at the port on cruise days, doing like health inspections and things like that, I think.  She is a SALUD doctor. which is Mexico’s Health system, their Obamacare version.  The Salud doctors here stay in different villages and towns and rotate around.

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So I walk in at about 11:30am, and I am out of there at 12pm.  No waiting, no hassles, no tons of paperwork to fill out. good informative doctor, good medical care, and my problem fixed.  And here is my favorite part, all this only cost me 50 pesos, or about $3.00 US dollars. In the USA, I would have had to wait 3 or 4 hours and it would have cost me a couple of hundred dollars, and I would have been lucky if I got to see a doctor.

So this is another example of my experiences with the medical system here, and they have all been good.  The doctors here take their time, and ask a lot of questions and are very helpful.  The  medical and health system here I think is designed to keep people healthy, and not designed to make doctors and insurance companies rich.

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Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina


2 thoughts on “Trip to Mahahual Medical Clinic

  1. Steve Heide says:

    Great Blog Stewart! I hear a lot of my fellow gringos talking about how “third world” Mexico is. Most of us would probably go to the doctor more often here in the States if our medical system was more like Mexico’s. I can’t wait to experience third world living!

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