Low Cost Health Care at Lake Chapala Ajijic, Mexico

October 7, 2014

Hi Everyone,

Well, while the debate ranges on in the USA about “Health Care”, Mexico is revamping it’s public sector healthcare coverage thru a series of public clinics refered to as “Seguro Popular”.

Here’s a video from a while back, in which a retired gringo couple living in another ExPat area of Mexico, share their experiences using the Seguro Popular clinic where they live.

Seguro Popular is a series of clinics, hospitals and pharmacies, open to all. But, I’ve been told that if you have any other insurance you can’t enroll in Seguro Popular.

Some here choose just to pay for medical expenses out of pocket and this could be a good option for some.

To compare and contrast the various other Health Care Insurance Options, I recommend that you visit Parker Insurance Services on the main highway that connects Chapala and Ajijic. It’s called “la carretera” and Parker Services lists their street address as Hidalgo # 248 in the area known as Riberas de Pilar.

If you feel you would just as soon pay out of pocket and go without formal coverage in Mexico then you should check out the local Seguro Popular office in Chapala.

From what I’ve heard it’s very inexpensive, but being a government program it’s very bureaucratic, and Spanish is needed for at least the administrative part of the process…

So a bilingual friend would be a big asset to help you get enrolled, and tag along with you on your first few visits to “see the doctor”.

There are many private plans available that Parker Insurance Services can tell you about. (See above reference to Parker Insurance Services.)

If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield already, it works well in our area of Mexico (Guadalajara Hospitals for example).

I choose to pay a private bi lingual Mexican doctor (yet still inexpensive by North American standards) for regular check ups and visits.

If I had to be admitted to the hospital (Heaven forbid), I have the Mexican Social Security health care mentioned above, referred to as “IMSS” for which I pay a low annual premium.

This system is slowly going broke and as a result it’s much more difficult to get accepted now.

OK, now you know as much as I know about the new Clinic System so PLEASE, I can’t accept e mails for more information on the new clinic. I hope you understand.

Best to come for a visit and check out all the health care options here in person.

All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid

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