Lake Chapala Healthcare

Health care

When Dick and I began our discovery trek about retirement, insurance and health care popped near the top of our concerns list.

 I’ve had many email asking for info on the health care and facilities in and around Lake Chapala, so here’s this week’s article for your perusal:

We retirees seem to fall into two main categories when considering the direction we will go when moving to Mexico – Service persons and Civilians.  And then, there are subcategories such as those interested in private insurance plans, strictly using cash, veterans, civilians, Mexico’s national health care, etc.  Here, we’ll touch on the Lake Chapala area, and more specifically, veterans and civilians. 

For service men and women, you may qualify for free health care in Mexico.  The way I understand it, in order to qualify for benefits under the FMP you must have at least a 10% service-connected disability rating from the VA. The program is designed to pay 100% of all charges for medical care associated with VA rated service-connected disabilities or for care for anyone who is participating in a 38 USC Chapter 31 rehabilitation program while living or traveling outside the U.S. – check with your VA’s Foreign Medical Program.

healthcare, lake chapala

A fun, friendly place.

For us others – the Lake Chapala area has many English speaking general practitioners and specialists.  Many work out of clinics that offer emergency, short-term hospital care, and out-patient facilities, and the everyday care we may need.  These clinics are almost always associated with Guadalajara hospitals.  Both the Red Cross and the major hospitals have emergency ambulance service to Guadalajara.

Usually, the hospitals offer private insurance, and of course, there is IMSS that is available to almost anyone.

In my book, Retire In Luxury, I tell of how Dick and I explored health care in Mazatlan.

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5 Responses to Lake Chapala Healthcare

  1. Barbie

    Barbie

    November 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I received this email from John K. : Wanted to pass the info along – and thanks John!

    Hi Barb,

    My wife and I are currently living in the city of Guadalajara. For health care, IMSS is a good deal. Handles preventive as well as acute cases.

    Hope you are fine.
    John

  2. Allen Rogers

    March 5, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Dear Barbie,

    I think you need to rethink publishing articles with so called “input” from Jerry Draughon. I am personally aquainted with Jerry and he no longer lives in Mexico. I am disappointed to see that the information that you provide with your site in fact is not accurate and is used as you want it to be.

    Sincerely,

    Allen Rogers

  3. Gloria

    March 5, 2012 at 3:49 am

    HELLO
    JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW IWENT THROUGH THIS WHOLE THING WITH IMSS PAID OVER 3700PASOS AND ANOTHER 2000PASOS FOR HELP WITH THE PAPER WORK ETC WAS TOLD I HAD HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE NOT AT ALL TRUE AS I AT ONCE WENT TO A PRIVATE DR AND WAS TOLD MY BLOOD PRESSURE WAS VERY VERY GOOD IMSS DID NOT GIVE ME INSURANCE I DID NOT GET MY MONEY BACK WHAT A RIP OFF AS I LATER FOUND OUT THEY DO THAT TO A LOT OF PEOPLE BY THE WAY I AM IN VERY GOOD HEALTH NO MEDS

  4. Barbie

    Barbie

    March 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Hi – I have thought about deleting Jerry’s info, but, there is info there that still could be useful to people considering Mexico…I will seriously thing about possibly changing the info. Barbie

  5. Barbie

    Barbie

    March 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Gloria – that’s too bad! I have no explaination why that would happen! Barbie

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