Photographic Adventures in Paradise
Hola to my readers. This is something different as there might not be many photo’s. I thought that those who might be considering moving to Mexico would find it interesting on how some of the medical aspects of living in paradise work.
I’m including the cost in USD of each step. I should also mention that residents of Cancun pay about 1/4th what a tourist would be charged.
I have a hernia on my abdomen. It is next to my belly button. I’ve had it for about 2 years but lately it has enlarged it’s so time for a surgical fix. Surgery here is much different than in the US. Here is how it works.
1. An office visit to my surgeon (this is a young talented Mexican doctor that performed my gall bladder surgery 2 years ago) to discuss my options and seriousness of my condition. His name is Dr. Juan Francisco Valdez Hashimoto. Office visit $33.00
2. Several days later we call Dr. Hashimoto and tell him I wish to proceed as soon as possible.
2. Dr. Hashimoto emails us a list of requirements for us to chase down and provide to him ASAP.
3. We go to a local Xray clinic and have a thorax xray taken. Which we receive in 1 hour to take with. $22.00
4. We go down the block to the laboratory and have my blood drawn and a urine sample analyzed. Results come in 4 hours,
and are emailed to my doctor and also hard copies are taken with. $63.00
5. We go to our cardiologist for an EKG and take it with us along with a letter stating her findings and clearing me for surgery. $102.00
6. Office visit to give Dr. Hashimoto the xray, urine, blood workup results, and the EKG. Then we discussed when and where to have the surgery. We elected to use a clinic rather than a full blown hospital because the cost would be about half. Doctor Hashimoto calls the clinic and reserves a time slot at the clinic. The visit was included in Doctor Hashimoto’s surgical fee…….$1213.00
7. We go to the medical supply store and purchase the surgical mesh that will be inserted under my abdominal muscles. We are to give this to the surgical team prior to the surgery. $66.32
7.We are given an admittance letter to present at the clinic at 6am Monday Feb. 1st. Surgery should commence around 7am.
At this point we hit a glitch at the hospital. We checked in, filled out the paperwork and I was admitted. I was given a really nice private room with an futon for my wife to rest on. In Mexico it is normal for a family member to stay in your room while you are there to help with your recovery process and to keep you company. They asked me to change into one of those hospital gowns that we all love, you know the ones where is bare ass is hanging out in the wind. Anyway, once comfortably in my bed a nurse came to my side and inserted an IV into my left hand. Meanwhile another nurse took my blood pressure on my right arm. She asked my wife if I had high blood pressure and my wife told her yes but I was being treated for it. Then the anesthesiologist came in and expressed concern about my B/P. After he left the room my surgeon Juan Hashimoto came to talk with us. Together we decided to abort the surgery because of concerns of a stroke or other problems due to the issue with my blood pressure. Now the plan is to try again after I get my pressure under control. So the IV was removed and we checked out. The bill for this short stay was: $79.56.
There was no charge from our doctor. We pay for all these type of medical issues out of pocket because they are so affordable.The grand total so far: $365.88 ( I backed our our Dr.s fee as his work has not been performed at this time).
We do have catastrophic/evacuation insurance through a British company called BUPA and we are enrolled in the Mexican Social medical system. We could have elected to have this done thru them and the cost would have been $0. Stay tuned and when I proceed I’ll bring this article up to date with the complete costs.
Please let me know if you liked this kind of article then I will know if I should do more of these in-depth ones about living in Mexico.