Medical Facilities Nearby

Time seems to fly…

and the decisions we, as retirees, will face so soon, may seem daunting to some. One of the most important things people should consider prior to retirement is the availability of medical facilities located in the area where they are planning to live.

In the states, you will usually find good facilities within easy access – in most places in the states.  However, let me tell you this little story.

A few years ago, Dick and I had pretty well decided on heading back to Ohio (our home state) and build a little home on one of the lakes in the north-eastern section of the state, that we could use in the summer.  In our younger years, and when the three boys were still at home, we were fortunate enough and fully enjoyed having a summer house at one of the lakes.  Our memories were wonderful and so after talking for a couple of years about it, we decided to start the steps that would see our memories come back to life.

Over the phone, we had been assured that there were two lots available, and had checked the water situation and even where the utilities would come through.  Then, we decided the next step was to go back to the area, decide on the lot, and get the building process into action.

Tappan Lake, OhioWe did have a lovely leisurely trip back to Ohio, visited friends and then on the designated day, drove out to the lake.  It was a very warm spring day.  When we arrived at the preferred lot, we stepped out of the air-conditioned car, and looked around in dismay.  My gosh!!!  The humidity was overwhelming – we had been living in more arid climes for some time – and the humidity was way more than we could tolerate… then, we looked around at the beautiful hills surrounding the lake, the beautiful trees, the lake itself, and almost as one, looked at each other and said “Where’s the nearest medical facility from here?”   Over half an hour away – at least!  So, with our minds quickly changed, we jumped back into the blessfully cool car, stopped at the proper places and explained politely that we had changed our minds, and thanks for all the info, and headed home!  What had we been thinking of?!  So, we are thankful for our memories and will treasure those forever.

Now, as long as you are near larger cities, Mexico stands up pretty well in the respect that there will be medical facilities nearby. 

Also, in Mexico, there are insurance plans offered to everyone – even foreigners. The private insurance we checked on was very reasonable, compared to what we were paying in the U.S.  And there is a very reasonable National Health insurance offered – to everyone, with just a few exceptions.  I’ve written several articles you can access on the right. 

Generally, heath care in Mexico is much less expensive than you will find in the States, and the quality of health care, south of the border, can be very good.

I always laugh when I tell friends that we also get all of our dental work done in Mexico and hear the inevitable response… “But are they really dentists?”

Believe me, the good folks practicing in the health fields in Mexico have the same training and the same certificates as the good folks in the States. Sure, some are better than others, but that goes across the board everywhere …we’ve found.

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4 Responses to Medical Facilities Nearby

  1. Dale

    January 27, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I have been getting medical and dental care for years in Baja. Ive been paying out of pocket and have not had to depend on the mexican system for an emergency yet. When I fully retire I will purchase a health plan in Mexico. My nagging question to which I cant get a sufficient answer is… what about ObamaCare??
    How are expats going to skirt that issue?
    Have I missed any of your articles on it?

  2. Barbie


    January 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Dale – no, you haven’t missed any articles concerning Obama… I – oh dear – I really don’t like to talk politics – let’s just say … oh shoot …… this is hard … ummmmmmm … I best keep my opinions to myself……. “shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That’s, that’s about it.”

  3. Dale

    January 31, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Not so much about politics. It IS what it is and were stuck with it.
    How are us gringos in Mexico going to comply with the “Affordable? Care Act?
    Are we expempt, or have to comply? One of your readers must know the facts (and skip all the conjecture).

  4. Kay Luebke

    March 3, 2013 at 11:26 am

    No one has mentioned getting good plastic surgery–I have a home in Puerto Vallarta and would love to learn about great plastic surgeons. My husband had a recent ER visit to a brand new hospital in PV, had 14 stitches, CAT scan, and overnight stay. He reports a beautiful, clean facility with excellent care and numerous physicians. He saw his doctor in the US after returning, and they reported the stitches were superably done and he got great care plus our insurance paid for his visit.

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