May 7, 2003, 10:43 AM
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Re: [Tuatha_de_Danann] Tell me more.....
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Many of us try not to overburden a system that wasn't designed for us to begin with. IMSS, in my humble opinion, should be left to the use of the Mexican population most in need of it, and to the few gringos who require emergency or major medical procedures. Pay for enrollment (IMHO) but use the services as emergency back-ups. Most folks I've talked with or read accounts of are satisfied that they received excellent care in the Guad hospitals, even through IMSS. But then it's all in the research beforehand or the luck of the draw, just like NoB.
From what I understand most Mexicans who can afford to use private physicians. Look in the lobby of most pharmacies and you're apt to see the pharmacist/doctor diagnosing right on the spot, cutting out the middle man.
I've had specialized tests done down here, a minor surgery, and MRIs and CT Scans and have been pleased in all cases. Luckily, when faced with catastrophic medical costs I was able to go home to Texas for free treatment, although the back and forth costs came out of my pocket.
Dental work requires a bit of shopping but I'm pleased with whom I finally settled on.
As for animals, it all depends upon where you were raised I suppose. One of our Texas anthems is "There's a Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road (Stinkin' to High Heaven)" so if you grow up with the country carnage it doesn't have the same effect as it does on some others. I see the dead animals almost every day on each road I roll down. Empathy, but it's all part of life.
The lake is part of an on-going worldwide problem. Lakes and rivers all over the world are being abused and mis-used. Amigos del Lago is one of only two groups I belong to because I feel that in some small way I can help with their efforts. In some countries the situation is so bad that private companies are buying up the rights to manage and sell the entire nation's water supplies.
And last, having taken EMT training in Texas I can tell you that the exact situation exists in many, if not most, rural areas up there. When my son was horrifically injured in a motorcycle crash he was moved to a hospital for stabilization before he could be taken into the city for specialized surgery and care. That's a common situation in most developed nations unless you live in a city.
Sorry it's not working out for you guys but I know you've been unhappy here for quite awhile. As has been said on this forum many times, this place ain't for everybody. I hope you'll soon be able to find a place that suits you better. You have lots of talent and a willingness to help out in those areas you feel strongly about so I'm sure you'll find a good fit.
(This post was edited by DavidMcL on May 7, 2003, 10:47 AM)