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Another positive experience with medical care in Mexico


Imagine riding on a bus through rural Mexico, bouncing around for more than six hours with a urinary tract infection. I did it, and by the time we got to Campeche from Chetumal, I was hurting.

Lucky for me, my husband spotted one of the many health clinics staffed by doctors in every major Mexican city right across the street from the bus station.

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These are walk-in clinics, staffed by doctors who often know English because they studied in the U.S. In my case, a woman doctor was in the office and she said my visit gave her the opportunity to practice her English, while I had another chance to practice mi espanol.

I described the symptoms, she prescribed a cure, I got meds, and the whole thing cost me less than $6 USD and about 20 minutes of my time.

The doctor gave me her undivided attention without feeling rushed. I paid $50 pesos (less than $3 at the current exchange rate) for her consultation. The cost was normally $40 pesos, but the price is higher for evenings and Sundays.

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Following the visit, I had the prescription filled at a nearby farmacia, which cost another $48 pesos (less than $3 USD).

It’s been nearly 30  hours since I started the meds. At this point, there’s no reason for me to think I won’t fully recover from this infection.

I don’t get UTIs often, but I have had them before a couple of times throughout my life, like millions of other women. In the U.S., I’m certain the comparative cost of having this temporary affliction would have been ridiculous.

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My previous experiences with the Mexican health care system here were equally efficient (parasites and likely Chikungunya). I’ve recovered from both ailments (though I do still have a stiff neck and occasional knee pain from Chik-V).

This efficient and economical health care is why American expats, retirees and patient-tourists visit Mexico every year, and it’s why Mexicans plan to build a new medical facility in Tijuana that will feature a health hotel  targeted at Americans.

Viva la Mexico!

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