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General Guide to Medical Care in Mexico a Must-Have for Aspiring Expats

 
Botanical store in Mexico

Ms. Paxon's book points out that Mexico, like most other countries, has long respected alternative and homeopathic treatments as well as traditional, conventional medicine.  This is an excellent botanical store in Guadalajara.

A month or so ago, the Ventanas Mexico blog announced that I would be spending some months gathering information of Mexico’s health system.

Those plans changed after reading Monica Paxons excellent general guide, "The English Speakers Guide to Medical Care in Mexico, 4th edition".

"The English Speaker’s Guide to Medical Care" in Mexico gives you all the brushstrokes to understanding medical care in Mexico within its cultural context and detailed listings that are hard to come by in one book. Many people look for information on medical care too late, after they’ve had a bad experience. 

The beauty of this book is that for a medical reference guide, it’s a painless read for a person only researching for the future, as well as a person in trouble.  You can read through this book in a few hours, and should do so before you even visit Mexico. 

For the expat, the English Speaker’s Guide to Medical Care in Mexico contains 17 helpful appendices including lists of medical schools, medical history forms, specialists and dentists. Several helpful sections give information on choosing what to look for in doctors and hospitals.

How to approach health insurance is probably the thorniest task in moving to Mexico. Paxon’s information gives you the specifics on the various types of public insurance available in Mexico for an expat.

For expat or someone considering "medical tourism", English Speaker’s Guide to Medical Care in Mexico contains 17 helpful appendices including lists of medical schools, medical history forms, specialists and dentists Several helpful sections give information on choosing doctors and hospitals, and the types of medical training you should look for.

How to approach health insurance is probably the thorniest task in moving to Mexico and Paxon’s information gives you the specifics on the various types of public insurance available in Mexico once you at least have a visa temporal. 

People have a right to be suspicious of treatments in the U.S. given the amount of money these companies and the doctors who prescribe them are often making.

The book also has source listings on homeopathic and alternative medicine.These treatments Americans are often cut-off from, most like because of lobbying efforts of special interest groups.  As the author points out, homeopathic medicine is widely accepted in Mexico.

I have become much more open to these treatments since in Mexico and seen how well-versed my Mexican friends often are in them. I have had minor ailments (such as skin infections) successfully treated by homeopathic specialists working behind the counters of excellent botanicals at pennies to the dollar of what treatments prescribed by doctors (both Mexican and American) cost

You should come away from reading this book feeling reassured. In many ways, medical training and processes are not all that different from the U.S. For example, as she points out, the quality of treatment often depends on where you are in Mexico, just like your care in the U.S. can depend on whether you are in Chicago or rural Alabama.

Once you are in Mexico, living in the culture, many of the differences in how the two systems work (for example how you are expected to keep your own medical records in Mexico) will make perfect sense, often much more sense than America’s current healthcare system.

A newcomer might wonder about why Paxon has so much information on insect bites in the book. I don’t. Dengue fever and other infections is quite common in Mexico.

The implications of an ignored, misdiagnosed or ignored insect bite make up a good percentage of medical horror stories in Mexico.  Medicines for reactions to some exotic bites usually exist, but in small quantities and are hard to get, hence the need for greater vigilance.

For the expat, the English Speaker’s Guide to Medical Care in Mexico contains 17 helpful appendices including lists of medical schools, medical history forms, specialists and dentists Several helpful sections give information on choosing doctors and hospitals, and the types of medical training you should look for.

How to approach health insurance is probably the thorniest task in moving to Mexico and Paxon’s information gives you the specifics on the various types of public insurance available in Mexico for an expat. As someone already living in Mexico with a few medical experiences under my belt, I wish I would have read this book before I got off the plane.

She covers homeopathic and alternative medicine. These treatments Americans are often cut-off from, most like because of lobbying efforts of special interest groups.  As Paxon points out, homeopathic medicine is widely accepted in Mexico.

I have had several minor ailments, like skin infections, treated by botanicals at pennies to the dollar of what treatments prescribed by doctors (both Mexican and American) cost.

While I still have plans to delve into the specific subject of cancer care and other specific disease treatments in Mexico, with this guide you have all the groundwork you need for knowing what to expect and what your options are for high-quality care in Mexico at a fraction of the cost of the U.S. 

 

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