“An Overview of Medical Care at Lake Chapala Ajijic Mexico”

January 2, 2009

“An Overview of Medical Care at Lake Chapala Ajijic Mexico”

Medical Facilities

Modern hospitals, complete with sophisticated technology and highly skilled medical professionals exist in the major metropolitan areas such as Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.

These medical facilities, along with medical professionals, provide good quality care, on par, or according to some retirees in Mexico “superior” to care in the United States.  Most facilities in most parts of Mexico, however, are more modest and less comparable to facilities in the United States.

The larger hospitals in the Lake Chapala area have arrangements with private U.S. insurance companies including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Morgan White, Aetna, and ING.  Tricare, the U.S. military’s health system, has a global network of providers for U.S. military and their families to access health care, which includes Mexican facilities.

Mexican Hospitals Near U.S. Retiree Communities


Medical programs in Mexico require undergraduate and six years of schooling.  Although less than the U.S. pre-residency programs of undergraduate and six years, many medical students in Mexico began preparing for medical school in preparatory school and there are.

The Mexican government, through the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, along with civil, and professional organizations such as the Mexican Association of Faculties and Schools of Medicine (AMFEM) and the Mexican Council for the Accreditation of Medical Education (COMAEM) is improving the quality and uniformity of medical education in Mexico.  Although medical education in Mexico is structured differently than in the United States, U.S. retirees generally report a high level of satisfaction for the quality of care delivered by Mexican physicians.


Auxiliares de Enfermerias, similar to nurses’ aides, require 6-9 years of basic education followed by the successful completion of a training course lasting between 6 months and 1 year.

Enfermeras tecnicas, or technical nurses, must complete 9 years of basic education and a 3-year vocation course.

Professional nurses (enfermeras licenciadas) have 12 years of basic education and a degree in Nursing and Obstetrics from a 4-year university program.

Home Health Care

Professional nursing and in-home care services are provided for the communities surrounding Lake Chapala.  Services include 24-hour home care, specialized treatments, rental and sale of medical equipment and home delivery or pick-up of medical supplies.

Services are provided by registered nurses and nurse’ aides for short or long-term care.  According to our retirees, it is more common for doctors to make in-home visits in Mexico than in the United States.

The Mexico Social Security health care plan (IMSS) available to retirees here is addressed in other articles.

  • john

    can i get weight loss pills? phenteramine or anything good like that prescribed easily? where? please respond to me directly i am in ajijic jram36@gmail.com

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    I responded directly to John at his request, but thought I should also let the rest of Chapala Club members in on just how to determine if your meds are available here.

    Most all of the Farmacias’ here in the Lake Chapala Ajijic area like Farmacia Guadalajara have large books that list the various medications in English and their Spanish equivalents. Just go the prescription counter with your meds list in hand and ask, “Tiene estas medicinas?” and hand your list to the pharmacist.

    Then you can ask the price. “Cuanto cuesta?”

    Note: Many medicines which are prescription medicines in the USA or Canada can be bought over the counter in Mexico. Of course you should know just how particular medications affect you. A doctor visit here runs around $25 USD so it’s not expensive to get professional help to determine just what medication is right for you.

    Special Note: You may be asked as you re enter the USA about buying meds in Mexico and of course you should have a prescription. Any thing considered a Narcotic in the USA will need a prescription here.

    Most medications here are significantly less expensive than in the USA. Some are the same or even more expensive. Bring your list when you come to visit us to find out about your own meds.

    Finally, you can find generics here not available in the USA which can also lower your medical bills significantly.

    Hope this helps. Siempre tu amigo, Sid

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    A Mexican friend of mine, Paulo Aguilar from Guadalajara, has recently expanded his pharmacy business to include the Ajijic-Jocotepec area. He speaks perfect English and he will deliver your pharmaceutical needs directly to your home at no charge.
    I’ve found that his to-my-home-delivered-prices are anywhere from 25-45% less then local prices.

    Give him a landline call at 387-763-0506, or cell at 331-228-0224. For a good discount mention my name. You won’t be sorry you called him to enquire about his price for whatever !! I’ve been buying from him for about five years.

    Best regards, Dave MacMahon

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Dave is a long time resident of the area and all around nice guy.

    He sent me the above comment by e mail and I wanted our Club Members to have this “money saving” tip on medicines here.

    Lower prices than our regular low prices AND delivery too!

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