Medicare Coverage at Lake Chapala ?

August 11, 2008

I often get asked if Medicare benefits are available here at Lake Chapala Ajijic Mexico.

For the moment, the short answer is “no”. But, I have hope for the future.

As a service to those of you who want to know more about this important subject I want to tell you about a resource that I’ve found.  It’s a book by David C. Warner.

The below editorial information was obtained from 

Siempre tu amigo, Sid

Getting What You Paid For: Extending Benefits to Eligible Beneficiaries in Mexico (U.S.-Mexican Policy Reports)

by David C. Warner (Author)

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Book Description
This volume is the result of a year-long policy research project investigating the feasibility of extending Medicare coverage in some form to beneficiaries of the program who live in Mexico.

It is the fourth in a series of research projects that have touched on this ongoing topic over the last nine years. The book examines the present limitations on Medicare and Medicaid coverage, reviews the cost of living, incomes, and present health care structures available to Americans currently living in Mexico, and details options for extending Medicare benefits to Mexico and the issues involved in implementing such coverage.

It includes case studies of retiree communities in San Miguel in Central Mexico, Guadalajara and Lake Chapala, and the portion of Baja California that extends from Tijuana to south of Ensenada. The principal conclusion is that a research and demonstration waiver should be granted by the Health Care Financing Administration to test the impact on cost quality of care and access to care of covering services in Mexico for these beneficiaries.


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  • P Gralton

    RE- medicare-
    Hi Sid,I have heard that a person can get back the $96 the US gov. takes out each month from social security for medicare when
    they move
    out of the country.
    Can anyone tell me how this is done?
    Thanks, P Gralton

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi P. Sorry, I have no idea. Have you tried to find the answer on a US government site? Perhaps a club member may know. Sid

  • Bud


    In partial response to the question about what I assume is the Part B medicare deduction from a social security check by P. Gralton, this is not the authoritative answer, but I’m pretty sure that one CAN opt out of part B when they move out of the country by notifying Medicare AND the Social Security Administration, BUT one who does this may find it difficult if not impossible to get it back if one wishes to do so later.

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