Mar 15, 2009, 12:52 PM
Post #13 of 15
Good observation, Hound Dog.
I'm picturing the patient in serious trouble, but having lived in Mexico for some years and lost contact with his/her U.S. docs over time. So now, he's going to be skymedded to a U.S. hospital and then.........what?
I know there are some procedures that are not done in Mexico, and one poster has told us about his experience more than once. It was a good thing, for him. For the rest of us, 95% of our personal medical disasters CAN be taken care of very well in Mexico. I'm picturing myself or spouse having our family doctor here; a local hospital and a recovery in familiar surroundings. I find this much more appealing than being airlifted to a strange place and trying to cope with the situation.
For anyone who wants to know where U.S. hospitals rank in world-wide standards of care, it might be instructive to obtain the New England Journal of Medicine report from recent years. We (the U.S.A.) are a long distance from the top. Sad, but true.
Another poster wanted to know about Mexican health insurance. IMSS is the agency to contact. It is a no-frills health care policy with restrictions for the first few years, but the cost is very reasonable and it's a good "just in case" backup for those who are unable to get "regular" insurance because of pre-existing conditions or age. Cost: usually under $400 per person, per year.
Caveat: Those who have used the system point out that you really need a Spanish speaker to help you through the system. Once in a hospital, there are plenty of English speaking doctors...but not the other help. Speaking of help, you need to have another person with you during your stay to take care of food and other "nursing" duties. I understand a bed is provided for your assistant. Not exactly the Hilton, si?
(This post was edited by Gringal on Mar 15, 2009, 1:00 PM)