An Inside Look at the Mexican Medical System

Hello fellow Dollar Vigilantes,

I hope you are all doing well today.  I just personally recovered from a stomach bug that had been ailing me for the last two weeks.  It got so bad that I finally gave in to going to the hospital for two nights to get hooked up to an IV as I was becoming very dehydrated and needed to replenish my electrolytes.

I am currently located in one of my “home bases”, Acapulco, Mexico.  I am a born Canadian but do not consider myself to be a “Canadian”.  I consider myself to be a citizen of the world and refuse to be limited by borders and certainly have no allegiance to any government flag.  My allegiance lies with freedom and I tend to gravitate to whatever places offer me the most freedom thus explaining why I’ve spent a great amount of time over the last few years in Mexico, one of the “free-er” countries in the world.

Having grown up in Canada’s socialist medical system I sure was glad that I fell ill in Mexico and not Canada.  To give you an example, my mother had fallen ill twice this past winter and neither time went to the doctor or the hospital.  Not because she didn’t want to.  She wanted to but was told both times that the waiting list to see the doctor was about 3 weeks.

Conversely, here in Mexico, on the first day I had a fever, vomiting and was feeling unwell I called a doctor who happens to be located right in the building where I live.  She was here in my apartment within 5 minutes and diagnosed me and gave me an injection which took my fever down.  She also put me on some antibiotics.  The cost, by the way, was very manageable.  About $50 for the in-home service and the cost of the medication she injected.

After I went off the antibiotics things got progressively worse and I again had a fairly high fever.  Again I called the doctor.  After consulting with her, again in my apartment, we decided it was best for me to go to the hospital and have some tests run and get hooked up to an IV drip to get rehydrated.

I showed up at one of the dozens of hospitals here.  They have a full variety.  Some are free and there are some very luxury private hospitals.  I chose a medium level private hospital.  When I showed up I was the only person there.  This is in STARK contrast to anytime I’ve ever been in a Canadian emergency room.  Average waiting times in Canadian emergency rooms in major cities such as Edmonton or Vancouver are anywhere from 2-12 hours – all depending how close you are to death.  Those about to die get priority.  I always thought that was nice.

But here in Mexico within 5 minutes of showing up at the hospital I was hooked up to an IV and put in a very nice private room with flat screen TV and wifi internet.

The service was very good and after 2 days I felt great and discharged myself.  The cost wasn’t “cheap” but I felt I got my money’s worth.  It was about $1,000 USD for the 2 full days in the hospital including the medications, food and numerous different specialists running a number of tests.  Of course, if you are worried about having a big one-time cost for any major unexpected illness or trauma you can buy insurance.  I have heard you can get medical insurance in Mexico for as cheap as $300 per year.

I have never been big on medical insurance.  Of course, in Canada, you are forced to pay for medical insurance.  Yet, somehow, if you talk to any Canadian, they always talk about how healthcare is free.  That is one of the biggest brainwashing successes of all time!

But as you have read in our Health & Safety sections I try to eat quite healthy and exercise regularly and therefore I rarely ever have any health problems.  The last time I can even remember being in a hospital was 20 years ago.  So, for me, it’s just better to pay as I go.  And here in Mexico, unlike Canada, and soon in the US, I have the freedom to make that choice.

In the upcoming October issue we will have a full overview of Mexico as being a potential place to reside.  If you haven’t spent much time here and get most of your information from the mass media you may be surprised by many of the things in our report.  I have traveled through most of Mexico, having traveled down the entire West Coast on my sailboat in 2004 and since having lived in Acapulco and visiting countless other towns and cities.

The full report in our Expatriation section will only be available to Basic ($15/month) or Full ($25/month) subscribers.  Subscriptions are available on a pay-as-you-go basis so you can try us out for a month or two and if you don’t feel you are getting a bang for your buck you can unsubscribe at any time.  Check out our Pricing & Subscription page to subscribe.

Next Stock Recommendation

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Ed Bugos, our senior analyst, and one of the most diligent gold mining stock analysts I’ve ever known has been busily finishing his due dilligence on our next recommendation which will be going out to Full Subscribers prior to September 16th.

Wild & Wacky Headlines

In the meantime a quick glance at the headlines, as usual, has left me shaking my head.  Most days I feel like Mugatu, from the movie Zoolander.  I feel like I am taking crazy pills!

 

 

Like, for example, this headline, “First Lady Asks Restaurants to Serve Healthy Foods“.  I mean, really!  It is pretty obvious that the great majority of Americans would be advantaged by a fairly significant change in their diets.  But, the wife of the President of the USA, going around to places like the restaurant association and asking them to “take a little butter or cream out of their dishes”?  What’s next?  Is she going to hold a press conference and try to admonish people not to run with scissors??

Meanwhile, her husband, the Nobel Peace Prize winner just sold $60 Billion worth of armaments to Saudi Arabia.  If you or I did that we’d be illegal arms smugglers.  When he does it, it’s a great economic triumph and another feather in the cap of the Prince of Peace!

And in our “this can’t be true” category, comes this headline, UK Teenager Banned For Life From America Over Obscene Obama Email.  There are so many things wrong with this story I don’t know where to begin.  But, let’s begin with this: the word he called Obama was censored in the story but they included the first and the last letter.  The word he called the President was P***k.  I’m just scanning through my known list of obscenities but unless he called Obama a Prank or a Punkk then I am presuming he called him a Prick.  First, is that even an obscenity??  And secondly, if this kid is being banned from the US for calling Obama a prick then what’s going to happen to me?  I guess I’ll soon be off to Guantanamo… the concentration camp, which still hasn’t been closed, operated by the Peace Prize winner!

But, let’s close today’s blog entry with a positive story!  This headline, from FT.com, Cuba To Cut 500,000 from State Payroll.  That is simply a massive number!  Cuba only has a population of 11 million and so that is an almost unbelievably huge figure – and gives hope that Cuba may finally be letting hold of the horrible communist system.

If the US were to cut the same amount per capita they would have to fire 13.5 million national, state and municipal workers!  But if they did then they might not have enough people to scan emails and ban teenagers from the UK to visit the US for calling the President a prick!

And with that, I will leave you for today!

Jeff Berwick

Chief Editor

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