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sioux4noff

Dec 27, 2011, 9:20 PM

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The issue is that in many cases, low income, uninsured people use the hospital emergency room as if it were the family doctor, and often don't pay anything for their care. While others end up losing their homes over medical bills. There has got to be a better way to get folks the medical attention they need.
But, this is a Mexico related forum, and this issue is not a Mexican issue.
But since you asked, that's why.


Axixic


Dec 28, 2011, 1:56 PM

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I don't know what service is paying for braces on teeth. Medicaid stopped paying any dental a long time ago.

When one goes to an emergency room for care and doesn't pay, the cost is passed onto those who can pay, which is what has caused medical costs and insurance to skyrocket. Insurance is paying for those who do not pay. There is no free lunch.

The county hospitals in Texas are funded by property taxes. If an illegal rents, he is paying property taxes in his rent. He is also paying a larger percentage of his income in other taxes, sales tax, fuel tax, utility taxes, etc.

I'm always curious about teachers who do not capitalize correctly. The teacher must not have been an English teacher or it explains why Texas ranks near the bottom in education.

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martian95524@yahoo.com

Jan 7, 2012, 2:49 AM

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I was not aware the state of Texas was so generous with foreigners with no cash or insurance. In California no dental service is provided on Medi-Cal, even to state residents. Two million-plus U.S. ex-pats live in Mexico now, and many have expired visas.
They can get a permanent resident visa (used to be an FM-2, now it is called something else) and purchase Mexican National Health Insurance during the January enrollmemnt period, or buy private insurance a couple of years prior to moving down (using a Mexican address to fool the insurance company, so when they move there and terminate their U.S. health policy the coverage is seamless, as the two-year waiting period for pre-existing medical conditions has elapsed.) The coverage is good, although there are some exclusions in both the gov't and private plans, just as there are in plans offered up in the states. The gov't plan is about $300. a year. Private policies vary by company, but are cheaper than in the U.S., even when offered by companies based in the U.S., such as Met Life or Aetna.

The happiest ex-pats living there are the ones who "live in Rome as the Romans do" and do not talk down to Mexicans. We are guests there. To go there as "cultural imperialists" trying to remake Mexico in the U.S. image, with disregard for their traditions and rich cultural heritage, is wrong. If you learn the language and study Mexican culture and traditions you will have greater respect for the country and it's people.

You might discover that after the NAFTA treaty, U.S. companies flooded Mexico with cheap goods, devastating the economy
(particularly the small farmers) and put hundreds of thousands of Mexicans out of work. As there was not enough jobs in the cities, many Mexicans were forced to seek work in the U.S. Few chose to work for the drug cartels, which are funded and armed by the U.S. public.

Once here, most found jobs as pickers at farms until, thanks to "Homeland Security" they were chased out of even those jobs. Yes, they buy phony I.D.s. Those Mexicans also are paying millions every year into social security and medicare money they will never be able to withdraw from the system. This money will prop up both social programs. Current projections which show the programs will default fail to take those factors into account.

I hope I have provided you with some food for thought.


BILL


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Jan 8, 2012, 6:00 AM

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Well said Bill.


Axixic


Jan 8, 2012, 6:07 AM

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They can get a permanent resident visa (used to be an FM-2, now it is called something else) and purchase Mexican National Health Insurance during the January enrollmemnt period,
BILL


Are you describing Seguro Popular as the Mexican National Health Insurance?

Any resident of Mexico, legal or illegal, can sign up for Seguro Popular. It's Mexico's Universal Healthcare, and open to everyone, rich, poor, or foreign. The applicant doesn't need a permanent resident visa.

http://www.seguro-popular.gob.mx/


(This post was edited by Rolly on Jan 8, 2012, 7:32 AM)


skier14

Jan 11, 2012, 10:37 AM

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Update on by-pass surgery. Returned to Mexico Friday the 6th of January. VA San Diego did the by-pass(only two arteries were clogged) after the angioplasty and stent proceedure was ruled not the best idea via the wires inserted into both groin arteries. 6 days in intensive care and two more days in a standard ward and I was released to return to a motel to await a follow-up meeting with surgeons on th 4th of Jan. All told I spent 40 days in San Diego and the cost(about $10K USD) was living expenses(travel,food and motel), but at least I was able to use my credit card and pay back over time. I have only received a bill for co-pay medicines from VA. Maybe more later? Wait and see. I am a catagory 5 paitent. The VA has an arrangement with a suite hotel with mini kitchens for paitents for about $70 a night and right on the bus route to hospital. I am returning sometime the end of this month for additional follow-up by cardiac doctors and then we will see what next. I hope they can reduce the number of pilsl I take. I am off pain killers, but still have a lot of discomfort and am not allowed to carry(lift) more than 8 lbs. or drive my car until furthur notice. Blood sugar numbers have been higher than before surgery, but surgeons say the numbers will come back down. I have been a prediabetic for many years and have kept the numers in the 100-125 range. Walking exercise is now my most important activity and I am trying to educate my Mexican family on a healthy heart diet(not going well). I will probably just end up doing my own meals. I wish to thank those that were keeping me in their thoughts. HAPPY NEW YEAR AND FOR ME A NEW LIFE.


esperanza

Jan 11, 2012, 10:42 AM

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Skier14, thank you for keeping everyone on Mexconnect up to date on your experiences. Your sign-off on the last post brought tears to my eyes. God bless you and keep you healthy!

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Axixic


Jan 11, 2012, 11:59 AM

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Great news. Too bad it cost so much.

If you have to go back and stay a month, look for a monthly rate motel that has a kitchen, TV, WiFi, etc. Those are usually cheaper, average anywhere from $15 to $25 a night and there might be a lot of hookers in the area, but nothing you can't handle.

Stay on top of your diet and you will be fine. There is a vegetarian group stating a website on the other board.

Yahoo Group: lakesidevegetarians

Maybe you won't cut out all meats but cutting some will improve your health.


robt65

Jan 19, 2012, 7:53 AM

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Although I am a service connected Vet now, I was not at the time. I have had three major surgeries over several months at the La Jolla VA hospital in San Diego. They are one of the best hospitals in the area. They are a full service teaching hospital being staffed by medical doctors (of all specialties, including a great spinal cord injury care unit) from the University of California at San Diego (La Jolla). I could not say enough of both the surgical doctors as well as the hospital care (VA Staff Personnel). They are one of the best of many VA hospitals in the USA I have had the opportunity of being a patient at for medical care.

I don't think you are going to find too many (if any at all) of those cheap motels, hotels in the La Jolla area. If you do go down to the cafeteria, they used to have a staff bulletin board there. Sometimes a looking for rent sign on that board will bring some great results. I was able to rent a room in a nice area from a research nurse and that included really good support care at no extra cost. She really made sure I stuck with my diet and provide relief when I had questions. I will never forget that U.S Navy Vet Nurse. She was an angel!

Just a word of caution taking Plavix and any of a number of meds such as any of the "prozols" for stomach problems. Evidently they don't mix well. If any of your meds include any of the "prozols" such as Lanzaprozal (sp?) check with your cardiologist re any possible contradictions with the Plavix. they cut me off the Plavix after three or four months as it was not needed any more.

Good luck on your healing process. I had two stents put in at the VA and that was five years ago. They are doing fine. Probably have to have a third put in, in the not too distant future. I will be having that one done in Mexico City by a Mexican Cardiologist paid for by the VA Foreign Medical Program. Depending upon where you are living in México, you can have your med records transferred any time to the nearest VA to you NOB and go there for your checkups as well as any meds. You may have to fight a little for it but they can and will give you four months supply at a time. So three times a year is good for a visit NOB and getting any other things at your friendly Wal Mart, Costco or other NOB store during your time there.

Biggest thing that helped me was dumping any and all salt used in cooking or eating, as well as no more bacon, "crispy" fat from BBQ'ed steaks or turkey / chicken skins to eat any more, but I really don't miss them at all.

Good Luck, I’m sure you feel a thousand percent better already.

robt65

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