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:
“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.”
“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:
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.
I had to answer:
Hi Emily – Do check dentists on your trip. And no, no contacts there – sorry. Barbie
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!