Mexico Dental & Prescription Info

I received a couple of email – concerning people obtaining their prescription drugs in Mexico.

Are you currently taking any prescription medications? This is just one of the many things to think of and consider when heading to Mexico for retirement, or just an extended stay. In Arizona and a lot of border states, it’s quite common for senior citizens to make a quick day trip to Mexico (driving as far as Phoenix and further) — simply to get prescriptions that they may not be able to afford in The States.

For example, with my insurance, if I don’t use a lot of the Mexican-available prescription medications, I fall into what is called the “donut hole”  where, after the insurance pays so much, they quit paying until the individual has then paid out of pocket quite a large amount, and then after that is paid, the insurance kicks in again – a terrible place to be in.  So, thank goodness for Mexico.

Here are the emails:

From: Connie

“Barbie: My husband and I are retiring end of 2011 and will be traveling with our RV we were wondering what is the process for medicine with scripts to purchase over the border in Mexico? Is this something that we will be able to do? Please let us know ASAP!  Thank you.”

My answer:

“Going to Algodones?

Basically, the minute you cross the border, you will be asked by people standing on the street “You want drugs?”  They mean prescriptions.  Just walk by them and say “Hi”, if you want – or just shake your head “No – thanks”…believe me, you don’t need help finding drug stores there – every other building has a drug store.  So, head to one of many, many, prescription stores – Dick and I usually stroll a while, checking the posted prices and then end up going to a store closest to returning across the border, so we don’t have to carry a sack around.  You cannot bring back more than a three month supply of prescriptions.  They are supposed to be for you only – you cannot bring “for friends” prescriptions back to the States.  You can buy, but can’t bring across “mood altering drugs”.  You don’t have to have prescriptions – you should know the generic names – that’s how you save the most.  Have you list written down – it’s easy to show the person behind the counter (and, if you want them to write you a prescription, they will) the name of what you want on paper.  Ask if there are cheaper versions – they are used to being asked questions like that.  You won’t feel strange – you’ll be there with lots and lots of seniors getting their drugs – just follow suit.  Best to you.  Barbie”

Then, concerning Dentists:

From: Emily
Subject: Re: Another American in Mexico confirms it…

Hi, Barbie.  Your email was very timely.  I am at the moment experiencing severe mouth problems (due to not going to the dentist for years because I could not afford it).  Even with dental insurance, dental work is far beyond my budget for anything other than cleaning, etc.  We are planning a trip to La Manzanilla/Melaque/Barra next April or May, and I am avidly checking out rentals and restaurants in the area, reading blogs, and looking at photos on their various websites. (And I am very interested in making a move there when and if we sell our house in Florida)

I don’t think dental work will be a part of that trip (sure wish it would be!) because the trip is going to take every dime I can scrape up.  I am still excited about the trip, however.  My grandparents took me to Mexico City and points south (i.e. Oaxaca) when I was perhaps 7 or 8.  The locals thought I was a native!  Maybe there’s some Latin blood in my makeup somewhere!

Anyway, I digress.  Your information is priceless.  If we do move to Costa Alegre, it seems like my options for dental care would be either Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara.

Any opinion between the two?

I didn’t even read the article yet, but I respect you as an expert and will read your information right now.

Thanks so much for the personal information.

P.S. Do you know anyone in La Manzanilla, Melaque, or Barra that I could contact for reliable information about the area.  I know most of the expats have already left, but perhaps you know of someone that could help.

Thanks again,
Emily Smith

I had to answer:

Hi Emily – Do check dentists on your trip. And no, no contacts there – sorry. Barbie

From Tony:

DEAR, BARB,

I AM WRITING IN RESPONSE TO YOUR E-MAIL ABOUT LOW DENTIST COST.  AND YOU ARE RIGHT, I AM HAVIG MY TEETH DONE NOW AS WE SPEAK. (OK,  AM NOT IN THE CHAIR, BUT I AM UNDER A DENTISTS CARE)  I LOST MY 4 FRONT TEETH BACK IN 2005, AND HAD NOT WANTED TO DO ANYTHING BECAUSE THE DENTIST WANTED TO CHARGE ME $4500, ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT THE INSURANCE WAS GOING TO PAY.  I AM PAYING $9000 PESOS FOR THE BRIDGE.  I AM THRILLED TO KNOW I WILL HAVE TEETH AGAIN, ESPECIALLY SINCE I NOW HAVE A TEACHING JOB TEACHING ENGLISH TO THE PEOPLE HERE.  THE MONEY IS CRAP, BUT THE EXPEIENCE IS EXHILERATING.  THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ MY E-MAIL.  BYE, TONY

So, thank goodness we do at least have the options for our dental and prescriptions!

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17 Responses to Mexico Dental & Prescription Info

  1. Joe Butz

    May 30, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Just curious is there places to stay away from, I read so much about drug lords ect so I assume there are places we never want to visit in any place. How does one know where not to go is the whole country corrupt? Let me know your thought as to what’s best

  2. Forrest

    May 30, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Hello! How funny that I just got an email regarding medicines and dentistry in Mexico just as I am getting back from a 9 day trip to Cancun. I have been going down to the Yucatan for years and plan on semi-retiring there one day. I had my first experience last week with Mexican dentistry and boy was I impressed and amazed. The facility I chose was more modern than the dentists that I use in the states. I was seen by several specialists to ensure total well being and health. The work that I had done was minor in health but major in cosmetics. I had a crown, a scaling, a cleaning, 3 fillings, a bleaching, and two veneers in the front to close a gap that was created accidentally by an American dentist. (Boy was I PO’d–but I did not litigate). Also I was given a custom made night guard that resembled my retainer from years ago. The two veneers alone in the US would have been well over $2000 USD not including the consultation and prep work. I got all of this work done for $1900.00. The staff was professional and caring. The work was high quality–they use the same materials that are used in the US. The facility and equipment was state of the art. And most of all they were affordable. I will never go to an American dentist ever again in my life and I’m only 42. I love Mexico!

  3. Bart cook

    May 30, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Can Tony provide the name of his dentist and where he is located?
    Thanks
    BArt

  4. Barbie

    Barbie

    June 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Again, just read the info available to you here on my post – you’ll probably find your question answered many times. Barbie

  5. Barbie

    Barbie

    June 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Yep :) Me too! Barbie

  6. Barbie

    Barbie

    June 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Tony has choosen not to reply as yet, but, if you read all the articles available here on my site, you’ll find out there are good dentists, with excellent prices all over Mexico. There are LOTS of them. Barbie

  7. Patricia

    June 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Barbie: I do believe that if Tony was happy with the work done and the cost of his dentist in Cancun there should not be a problem in giving out the name of his dentist. It would save a lot of time for readers and it’s nothing more than his experience and one could make up their mind. Nothing like getting the opinion of someone who has that personal experience. I go to a dentist in Costa Rica and when asked I am more than happy to give his name. It sure beats just reading about a dentist.
    Also when asked about certain areas to avoid just say it as it is or direct us to the exact article rather than us searching for the info.
    There are other sites that will do just that. It’s just my humble opinion.
    Sincerely….Patricia

  8. Ready To Smile Again

    June 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Forrest and All,
    Any way you might be able to share th ename of the dentist andhis coordinates. I am looking to get some work done too.

    Thank you.

  9. Ron Karch

    June 12, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Hi Barbie, this is for Emily, the writer who asked about dentists in Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara. My wife and I both had dental work done in Puerto Vallarta in 2011, very reasonable, and very professional. There are many such dental office’s in PV, and they are all pretty much the same. Since there are so many American and Canadians there, you only have to ask any of them where they go for their dental work, they will be happy to tell you.

  10. Barbie

    Barbie

    June 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks so much for the info Ron. Best to you, Barbie

  11. Temjem

    July 9, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Even for Mexicans is difficult to think of Los Cabos and Baja California Sur as part of Mexico, ggaorephy, culture, economy. It’s like a big island isolated from the rest of the republic. It touches a nerve when some news considers that Cabo is painted with the same brush as other parts of Mexico.Geographically, even with Tijuana or Ciudad Juarez, there is really no comparison. Baja California Sur state (where Cabo is located) has no history of reported violent cartel activity. Cabo is at the end of a 1000 miles two lane road, with not much strategic importance to anyone but vacationers.There are bad people everywhere, even in Cabo, but the sensational drug cartel violence that plagues some parts of Mexico, and we can see in the news, has not been a safety issue here and we doubt it ever will be.You may, however, find the same small time drug dealers and petty thieves that you would find back home, so follow your standard precautions with that.

  12. dominic

    July 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Dentalin Yucatan:
    My partner and I moved here in Jan2012 from San Diego. We have experienced Dental work in Tiajuana and except for the 2 hrs waiting to cross back into the US, the work done was extremely professional and top quality and the most accomidating and friendly staff. For a Root Canal and 2 posts and 2 new crowns with a bridge, the cost was $600.00 usd in 2004. We had 2 estimates of $4500.00 from 2 high powered and friendly dentists, how ever our insurance wouldonly cover $1500.00 usd in San Diego. Today as I speak, I am now having dental work done here in the Yucatan, that includes Root Canal, posts and new crown, plus cleaning, and some gum work, and all this is now costing me under $800.00 usd.
    This a family dentist who has done work for many years for the family. Ciau

  13. Dave Wood

    July 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Barbie,
    I have read your book, and I know it said you had problems finding insurance coverage for Dick, with his history of heart problems. I’m assuming you found coverage for him there. Do you keep your Medicare in force as well, for when you come north? With a supplement? Also, my wife has been diagnosed with MS. Are we going to have similar problems getting her covered there? What about here medication for that. (Her Avonex is around $900-$1100 a month here. Thankfully her insurance currently covers most of that cost).
    Sorry for all the questions, but would really like to move to Mexico, and would like as much info about this as possible.
    Thanks again,
    Dave Wood

  14. Barbie

    Barbie

    July 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Dave, Yes, we keep our Medicare and a supplemental policy. In fact, Dick and I are seriously considering changing our supplemental when the application period comes this year. Depending on where you live, there should be several different insurances you can choose from – the best for your situation. Go to some of the seminars that are put on by the different companies – that’s what Dick and I are planning. We are pretty happy with what we have, but, unless you shop around, you never know.
    With your wife’s medical condition, yes, she may be rejected for the Mexico National Ins. Or, she may be accepted and just not have that particular illness covered for a year or so – in that case, you’d carry double ins for that period. You will not know whether she is accepted unless you apply. Any ins person in Mexico can help you with that.
    Read:
    http://moneysavingmexico.com/?p=3705 and http://moneysavingmexico.com/?p=105 and, you can just put “national health care” in the search box on my site, and many more articles will appear for your info.
    Best to you. Barbie

  15. gloria anguiano

    August 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Hi barbie I have read about the fantastic dentist in Mexico and the great inexpensive jobs done. However it would be nice if we had some addresses, the closes one to me is algodones. I need an address and name of dr.

  16. Barbie

    Barbie

    August 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    They are found on my site: http://moneysavingmexico.com/?s=gator+dental
    http://moneysavingmexico.com/dentist/dentists-in-algodones-mexico/
    Gator Dental is 2da Internacional/Calle/Alamo
    Los Algodones, B.C. Mexico 928 377 4562
    Rubio Clinica is Av. “A No. 139
    Los Algodones B.C.
    011 52 658 517 78 49
    These two are in Algodones, and if you live near, you know there are over 100 dentists there – pick one you feel comfortable with. Best – Barbie

  17. Lynne Wilson

    January 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I went to a wonderful dentist in Las Varas – an hour north of PV. His name is Teseo. His sister is a dentist in Tepic, and his son owns the dental lab in Las Varas! A family affair!!

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