Are You Paying Too Much for Health Care? Not if you live at Lake Chapala Ajijic You’re Not!

January 6, 2010

The below video gives you an excellent overview of health care in Lake Chapala Ajijic and nearby Guadalajara.

But there’s more to the story you need to know. So for more information not included in the video you should e mail me, Sid Grosvenor (The Lake Chapala Information Guy) at

Let me share my “personal” experiences with Health Care  at Lake Chapala Ajijic.

I’ll fill you in on the pros and cons. All for now.

Siempre tu amigo, Sid

  • Erin Mc Nulty

    Hi Sid!

    I clicked on the video and I got a message saying, “This video has beeb removed by the user.”
    Since health care is very important to me (if I ever get to move there)I would like to see it if there is anyway.
    Would appreciate any help. Thanks!

  • Joan Wright (in Canada)

    Good morning Sid from the frigid North:

    Just saw the new post and went to check out the video to find that it’s been removed. Is it going to be restored? I’d love to see this one as health care is one of our main concerns when we move to Ajijic in 2012.

    Thanks again for the great posts – keep up the good work.

    Joan Wright in Canada

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Joan and Erin,

    I’ll be publishing an explanation about broken links on our Club website shortly.

    And, I do plan to do future articles on health care here at Lake Chapala… so please stay tuned. I know with the debate in the USA over Health Care that’s it’s a topic on a lot of minds.

    In the meantime here are a couple of links related to Health Care here in Mexico previous published here at and and one more

    Thanks again and watch for the article on Broken Links and for a future article on Health CAr.

    All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid

  • Terry Lowell

    Hi Sid-
    We will be coming to Lake Chapala in early Feb through Nogales.

    Do you have directions and possible hotels that take dogs and mileage? Also, what will tolls run and how long from the border to Ajijic in driving hours?

    Thanks for your help


  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Terry. Thanks for your comment/question. At the moment I don’t have directions from Nogales or the time factor, but one of our club members may have this information. If I can find a good route and time I’ll either post it or add an article. So stay tuned.

    Thanks again, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Again Terry,

    I’ve found a great route for your trip here from Nogales.

    My brother in law who lives in LAs Vegas put me on to this route. He says it’s easy driving on toll roads and easy to follow.

    He says the tolls run around the $90 USD (pay in pesos)

    Entering Mexico at Nogales you continue South on Mexican Highway 15 which appears to be a Toll Road on my map.

    It appears that you will stay with Mex. 15 all the way to Guadalajara.

    You’ll pass by or through the Mexican towns/cities in this order:

    Santa Anna, Magdalena, Hermosillo, Guaymas, Ciudad Obregon. Navojoa, Los Mochis. Guasave, Culican (by passit) and soon you’ll see the Pacific Ocean on your right and on to Mazatlan.

    Stay with Mex. Highway 15 to Tepic and on to Guadalajara.

    I think it will be at least a two day drive and possibly two and a half or three. Best to not hurry. The mileage chart I found shows that it’s 1,053 miles from Nogales to Guadalajara and about another 30 miles to Chapala.

    I found these notes on another blog:

    “Southbound, you can get your temporary vehicle importation permit either at the Km 21 checkpoint just south of Nogales, or at the Km 98 checkpoint south of Empalme on Hwy 15.”

    Also this quote about turning in your car import sticker on the way out of Mexico. This is important. YOU MUST TURN IT IN or face big problemes if you ever drive back into Mexico.

    “At Nogales, the temporary vehicle importation permit can only be turned in at a small office directly opposite the Km 21 checkpoint south of Nogales. The diversion from the northbound lanes of Hwy 15 is well signed, so it’s hard to miss.

    The facility at the Km 98 checkpoint south of Empalme only issues the vehicle permits. You cannot return the permit there. In fact, there is no way to (legally) drive your vehicle across the median to get to the checkpoint facility from the northbound lanes of Hwy 15. This facility is operated by Banjercito who processes the paperwork, takes your money, and issues the permits on behalf of Aduana Mexico (Mexican Customs). There is no actual Aduana office at the Km 98 checkpoint.”

    Dogs and Hotels in Mexico:

    I’ve helped clients bring in a total of 10 dogs. Here’s the rule we followed with success. Don’t ask… Don’t tell.

    Why, because the clerk may not know what the hotel owner’s policy is. He will be afraid to OK it since Mexicans have very strict chains of authority and push decision making up the chain.

    We always park off to one side out of site, enter the hotel, secure a room asking for one in the back away from the noise.

    Then, we drive the route to the rear room hoping the clerk doesn’t spot us.

    The hotel is likely to have a tile floor and it’s hard for a pet to do any real damage.

    If you’re challenged (never has happened to me) offer to pay a pet deposit. Better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

    Terry, Give me a shout when you arrive at Lake Chapala.
    You can pick my brain all about life here at LAke Chapala and I can pick your’s about you trip.

    I’ll be taking the same route in March en route to Vegas.

    All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid

  • Debbie Johansson


    You showed my husband and I property in Feb. of this year. We have now sold our home in NC and will be moving to Lake Chapala in July. We will be driving down. Is it better to cross in Nogales or Loredo?

    Hope to see you when we arrive

  • Debbie Johansson


    You showed my husband and I property in Feb. of this year.
    We are moving to Chapala in July.
    we will be driving, should we cross in Nogales of Loredo?

    Hope to see you when we arrive

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Debbie, Look forward to seeing you guys again. I can’t say that Laredo is better than Nogales.

    The Laredo route gets less press in the USA as far as safety is concerned.

    It’s been over a year since I drove the Laredo entry route. I did recently drive the Nogales route with zero problems.

    Finding the car permit place is easier on the Nogales route.

    It’s about 20 miles inside Mexico on the right hand side of the highway.

    DO NOT drive past this point without a car permit, even if you have to wait for it to open. This could get you in some fairly serious hot water.

    Perhaps others will have more recent info on the Laredo route.

    Siempre tu amigo, Sid

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