Think You Can’t Afford Health Care? If You Live at Lake Chapala You Can!

August 7, 2013

I’ve been a member of IMSS (Mexico’s older health care plan) for well over 10 years. But, that plan has serious financial concerns and it’s not easy to get into now for North Americans, but now there’s a better plan. And, it’s almost free if you’re a legal resident of Mexico.
Watch this informative video about the new plan.
Hope you enjoy it.    Tu Amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Centro de Salud Chapala

    “F. Romero De Velasco # 406, Col. Centro, Jal.” 45900
    Teléfono: (376) 7656306

    Lunes a Viernes de 8:00 a 16:00 hrs.

    If you stop by share your experience with us here and with me at

  • Divergal

    Hi Everyone,
    I’m Sue and am new to the Chapala webboard. I am a permanent legal resident of Mexico and I currently live in Tijuana with my Mexican husband. We lived in Puerto Vallarta for 4 years before moving to TJ. Luis was in the Lakeside area 10 years ago and really liked it. We are hoping to visit in January and possibly retire there in 2-4 years. I look forward to learning a lot on this board and meeting some board members on our vacation.
    I’m glad that Seguro Popular is working in Chapala for the expats. But I would like to mention our story. Unfortunately, we had a much different experience in Puerto Vallarta. After receiving what I’m assuming were contaminated flu shots in 2011 by the public health dept., we both got very sick. Long story short, Luis was admitted to Hospitál Regionál, the hosp. connected with Seguro Popular. I am a nurse and I understand that Mexican standards/conditions aren’t the same as NOTB. But I was shocked that there was no hot water for bathing, no toilet seats, no meat in the meals, not all the needed medications (I went across the street and bought them at the pharmacy when they “ran out”), no Intensive Care, no diagnostic machines/tests, no functioning nurse call bell, no soap, toilet paper or paper towels in the bathrooms, no ventilator (for breathing under sedation) and one day, no drinkable water or clean gowns. I acted as his nurse for EVERYTHING except meds. The only time he was checked was during medication administration. The X-Ray machine wasn’t working for 4 days. The doctors would only listen to his lungs and then say he could go home in a couple of days. They would turn down the oxygen and leave, he would go into accute resp. distress and I would turn it back up again. After the machine was fixed another chest X-Ray was taken and that was when they told me that there was nothing else they could do and that he would most likely die. They could not even tell me what was wrong with him! They were giving him meds for pneumonia, a fungal lung infection AND Tuberculosis because they were “guessing”. That’s when I shipped him to the best private hospital in PV (and paid out of pocket). He was in ICU for 35 days, on a ventilator for 12 days. By the grace of God working through Dr. Rios, the best MD in Vallarta, he survived and returned to good health. We moved a few months later from PV to Tijuana so I could go back to work and we could start to rebuild the retirement fund. All the money was used to pay the hospital and MD’s. We’re both working, I’m a visiting nurse in California and Luis works at the TJ airport.
    Our experience with Seguro Popular may be unusual but please check it out and take a tour of your hospital connected with Seguro Popular (Hospitál Civíl in Guadlajara, I think). Maybe they have better facilities than Puerto Vallarta but it’s better to be informed of what your free or low cost insurance plan really covers. It’s not like it is back home.

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