Mexico Medical Concerns
Concerns about Medical treatment in Mexico are very real and can
be a bit of a double edged sword. On the one hand, seeing a doctor
and getting a prescription for needed medication in Mexico are amazingly
inexpensive. While on the other hand, catastrophic care is not going
to be automatically covered as it might be in your country of residence.
It is advisable for any trip to Mexico to include a travelers insurance
plan which will cover any possibility including immediate removal
of your spleen or the need to medivac you to the US. The bottom line
in Mexico is the bottom line. If you think you have problems with
health care at home where you are insured, you have real problems
in a country that won't do a procedure they aren't sure they will
be paid for. So pony up the money to ensure that you and your family
are covered by a reputable travelers insurance company which covers
any medical expenses you may incur while in Mexico.
Many major tourist destinations actually have first rate state of
the art health care facilities available. . . and most of these are
privately owned, cater to the tourists, and charge you at least as
much as they would in 1st world countries (some times more because
you need it and they can). I'll say it again . . . get travelers
insurance that covers medical expenses including life flight.
If you are on any sort of medication be sure to bring enough for
your stay and write down the generic name of the drug in case you
loose it in your luggage and need to find a Mexican pharmaceutical
Most pharmacies in Mexico will sell things like antibiotics (and
many other meds) over the counter (without prescription) . . . but
you will need to know the generic name for them to look it up. This
being said, don't even think of bringing any medication purchased
in Mexico over the US border unless you have a prescription from
your US physician.