Jul 10, 2005, 10:36 PM
Post #7 of 15
I'll take a stab at some of your questions:
Re: [agathawords1] Newcomer to with questions
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>I'd like to have cable too if possible (out of pure curiousity-- what American programs are there? Are they dubbed or subtitled?) On this salary, is my idea of a fairly comfortable life reasonable? >
Over in San Miguel, both cable and satellite TV have the full range of US networks and a choice of specialty channels available for various prices. They're the regular US shows, in our case of DISH TV braodcast out of New York. We get the Comedy Channel and all the news channels and C-SPAN, among others, and we dropped our costly five HBO channels because we never watched them except for the few Bill Maher and Six Feet Under new shows a year, and we have too much to do to watch much TV here anyway.
The Mexican government fixes the amount of provable income a retiree must have to get an FM3 to live in Mexico, and it's about $1,200 a month for most areas, and that amount is very doable for a single person to live on, if you could live on around $2,000 a month back in the States. That's my estimate of what $1,200 a month here equals, depending on your area--you can't live like a rich gringo, but you can live decently and have a great time if you're careful. Learn to love fresh veggies and fruit, if you don't already.
Your dog--I don't know what to tell you. I'd hate to put my own dog into baggage, since there are many airline deaths a year to pets, but the vast majority do fly safely.
> What other inconveniences do I run into immediately if I don't bring a car? >
In San Miguel at least, you can survive just fine without a car, and actually you'd have more inconveniences right away with a car, finding parking. Taxis and buses are plentiful and cheap in Mexican cities. If you're not a walker now, I bet you learn to love it. Queretaro is a very large sprawling city, but still, taxis are great, and you'll learn the bus lines.
>Without a car, can Sears/Costco/etc. deliver these items? Are there less expensive places to buy used furniture than these big outlets? I've heard there are no "thrift stores" in Queretaro where one can buy used furniture>
I only know San Miguel, but I bet you can find most of your major purchases from garage sales and local classifieds there, too. And yes, Sears and Costco deliver.
>The school has told me that as a Mexican worker, I will have access to the public Mexican health care system, that many students' parents are doctors and can write me a script for whatever I may need. I'm suspicious. Do I need supplementary health insurance (I'm 27 and in good health)-- e.g. what would happen if I came down with a serious/long-term illness with no insurance in the U.S. or Mexico? Also, I need to have two prescriptions filled every month of fairly common drugs-- how are prescriptions priced at the farmacia?>
If you've read past threads on health care in Mexico, you can see the issue is complex. IMSS is pretty good for young healthy people, from most people's experiences, though it can be difficult to maneuver and not as efficient as you hope. Sometimes it is, sometimes you have problems just like wtih US health care.
Few drugs require prescriptions here--you just go into a farmacia and hand in your previous bottle and the clerk will probably be able to find the equivalent name in Spanish from a reference book and hand you a refill, no prescription needed. Ask around and see if there is a particular farmacia where there is someone with some expertise on staff to find out the equivalent for you. Often you can find that out in a google search yourself. Remember to check the actual chemical ingredients to get the exact same drug, not something "similar."
The only drugs that do require local prescriptions seem to be tranquilizers and heavy duty pain meds, far as I've heard, though some people have written that they have a particular drug need that is not available and then they have to work at getting it. In San Miguel to have prescription drugs sent from the US to here, they have to arrive through the U.S. consulate's office, with arrangements made ahead of time. I don't know what the situation will be where you are going.
Hope this helps,