Jul 18, 2017, 3:32 PM
I did a google search on ''Humira IMSS'' -- one result was a 2005 article that indicates that Humira is now included in the 'cuadro basico'' -- the list of basic drugs -- available to IMSS subscribers. That indicates that it's probably widely available in Mexico -- you can do a further search to get some ballpark ideas of prices. BUT -- you should check for limitations on preexisting conditions with IMSS. As I recall, there is at least a year waiting period before preexisting conditions are covered. Also, IMSS services vary from region to region -- some areas are oversaturated, leading to very long waits for appointments with specialists, and it's very typical for medicines not to be available (even though they are supposed to be). Also, your IMSS experience will be difficult if you don't speak Spanish -- although many doctors speak English, few nurses or support personal, including administators do. You would be very unwise to come to Mexico without private insurance and/or enough money to pay for private care and medications, at least for a while, or in the case of an non-covered illness. Good luck -- it's good that you're looking for information well in advance of your arrival in Mexico!
IMSS will exclude you from joining for some chronic diseases. They have a 6 month, 1 year , 2 year and 3 year waiting period on other chronic diseases and treatments and operations needed, It depends on what condition you are in when applying.
From the IMSS website:
Exclusions to join,
"• not subject to insurance people who have: malignant tumors, chronic degenerative diseases (late complications of diabetes mellitus), diseases: Hoarding (Gaucher disease), chronic liver disease, kidney failure: • Some pre-existing, such as illness chronic valvular heart disease, heart failure, sequelae of ischemic heart disease (arrhythmia, angina or myocardial infarction), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with respiratory failure, among others
• chronic systemic connective tissue diseases, addictions like alcoholism and other substance abuse, mental disorders such as psychosis and dementia; congenital and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or Human Immunodeficiency Virus positive of diseases (HIV)"
It also states there is a minmum of 2 family members to join.
"Individual must be at least 2 people, the head of the family group and your immediate family, as spouse or concubine , children, father, mother, or your additional family members, such as grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, cousins, children of siblings, siblings of parents. If you are the owner of the family group and if you reside abroad, you can also purchase this insurance for your family."
Seguro Popular takes legal residents of Mexico. Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente and anyone, any age can join with any pre-medical conditions and only about 2% of the 49,000,000 members pay an annual fee or pay on the 3 year contract for their family. Renters and people without a vehicle do not pay.
(This post was edited by AlanMexicali on Jul 18, 2017, 3:35 PM)