A Canadian Speaks Out on Health Care in Canada, the USA , and Mexico (repeat)

July 22, 2009

Hello Sid,

I ran across some interesting information that got me thinking.

Did you know that according to the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) the United States spends $7,290 US per person on health care?

Mexico spends $823

Life expectancy in Mexico is 76 years and in the States it is 78.   How come so much more money is spent in the States with such a small amount of return???

There is a life expectancy calculator at http://www.livingto100.com/ that you can take.  I did it and when I was done discovered that I would live longer if I lived in Mexico!!

I had already figured that out before I read all these statistics

THAT’s why we sold our home after spending last winter in Chapala.

THAT’s why we have you as our agent helping us to find a home there.  (What a blessing to have found you Sid, you have been wonderful – thank you so much).

Here is why I know I’m going to live longer and better in Chapala.

When I wake up in the morning and it’s going to be a beautiful sunny day I just feel so much better.   Knowing I can make plans to meet friends and not be hampered by lousy weather also makes me feel better.

Having friends and things to do also makes me feel good.

Hearing the birds sing – looking at the beautiful surroundings – hearing laughter and music makes me feel wonderful.

Feelings affect our physical well being more than we realize.  All those hormones and endorphins jumping for joy are good medicine.

Not having to worry because I cannot find a medical doctor (in Canada there is a shortage).  The medical community have even come up with label - I’m a  “medical orphan” because I can’t find a doctor since mine retired.  There are LOTS of us here in Canada.

When I was in Mexico last winter I got an appointment with a wonderful doctor in Aijiic for the next day – he resolved my issues and the cost was $15.  That certainly reduced my stress.

As I get older it may will be more difficult to keep up with household chores, but in Mexico I can have some help for a few dollars.

I know one lady who did not want to go to a nursing home so hired a wonderful girl to come into her home daily, prepare her meals, clean the house and take her to appointments and to meet her friends – the cost was a fraction of a nursing home ($600 per month).

Imagine being able to afford help at home so we can be independent and together!!  This certainly reduced any stress I have about getting older on a pension.

Perhaps you can use some of the above to let people know what they are missing by being unsure and afraid to make a change.   One winter in Chapala will change them forever and I’m sure it will extend their life!

Thanks Sid


p.s. I’ve attached a picture of my friend, Pat, who was concerned because I was going to live in Mexico – I got her down for a visit – she changed her mind.  Now she is jealous and thinks I’m one smart cookie!

With surroundings like this who wouldn’t be jealous!

  • http://msn DON BENNETT



  • GailAnne

    Congratulations….Deanne on this article. Well written and most convincing. And to Sid also for being the support and person he is for people making this kind of life changing decision.

    My mind set is just not ‘there’ yet….but being in good health still and having the ‘means’ to stay in my homeland, I am content to travel for 5 months to Chapala for the winter.
    This alone is more than I ever expected from my life at this point in time…I am blessed.

    I still like to be here and near my closest family and friends and can find ways to ‘give back’ to my community in a charitable way that makes me feel good and happy as I do while in Mexico. I am blessed to be able to do both lifestyles for the time being. You are so right, it is all about the ‘feelings’ and good ones are best for one’s health, no doubt about that.

    But Chapala will be my first choice when that day aarrives and that decision has to be made, if I am allowed that chance!

    Enjoy your new life in your chosen home and may you find the contentment and joy you seek, and your spouse with you. One must be sure that both parties are satisfied and agreeable with this life change or there will be no joy.

    Good Luck and take care.

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

    Hi Don, Yes, some folks were able to open the original article and some were not depending upon their browser… but of course I wanted everyone to be able to read the article so all future articles should now be viewable from all the web browsers.

    PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF ANYONE CAN NOT VIEW ANY OF THE ARTICLES so I can try and find a way to tweak the software and make it work. Thanks for your nice comments Don. Siempre tu amigo, Sid

    Thanks again Don. Siempre tu amigo, Sid

  • Fred

    Thanks for re-posting this article, Sid. I’m quite interested in the subject (health care) and I was able to read it this time. As you know, we’ve purchased a Lakeside home with your good help and plan to relocate there next year. We completely respect GailAnne’s understandable desire to stay connected to her Canadian family and friends. We plan to do the same with Internet, phone, and occasional extended trips back to the U.S.

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

    HI Fred, Thanks so much for your comments. I’ve figured out the probloem and all futuire posts should be viewable on all browsers now. Thanks again. Best to your better half. Sid

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