Kudos and rabes to Hospital Especialdes

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Monday, October 09, 2017, 17:17 (65 days ago)

Just go home from a 30 hour stay at Hospital Espcialdes with a lower GI infection. Dr Molina and other Drs speak very good English and the nurses are very attentive and kind and progessional. a RAVE for all.

Overnight at hospital that included ALL services, total everything: Hospital room and all services, Doctors, many IVS and antibiotics and oral meds: out the door for 16,400 MXP. Lab work 2,000 pesos addtil and Prescriptions 2,00 (not all prescriptions needed as I had them at home).

A real bargain and care every bit as good as back in U.S. at a fraction of the cost (overnight stays thru emergency room and overnight in U.S. hospital would run $5,000 USD, been there and done that.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, October 09, 2017, 17:51 (65 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Just go home from a 30 hour stay at Hospital Espcialdes with a lower GI infection. Dr Molina and other Drs speak very good English and the nurses are very attentive and kind and progessional. a RAVE for all.

Overnight at hospital that included ALL services, total everything: Hospital room and all services, Doctors, many IVS and antibiotics and oral meds: out the door for 16,400 MXP. Lab work 2,000 pesos addtil and Prescriptions 2,00 (not all prescriptions needed as I had them at home).

A real bargain and care every bit as good as back in U.S. at a fraction of the cost (overnight stays thru emergency room and overnight in U.S. hospital would run $5,000 USD, been there and done that.

Glad to hear you are well after what must have been a terrible ordeal! ¡Cuídate mucho!

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Monday, October 09, 2017, 18:59 (65 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Hope that you are well on the way to feeling Right again!

Keith

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by karenanddick, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 06:33 (64 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Where is Dr. Molina and where is the hospital located? Hope we don't need it, but just in case.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 08:46 (64 days ago) @ karenanddick

And my post should have said raves, not rabes.

Assuming you are coming from the airport go to the intersection where a Bus station is on you left and a traffic light, there is a pedestrian elevated walkway over Hiway 200 and a Pemex station on your right. Turn right, up the hill almost to the top just before the "T: intersection, turn into parking lot. Helpful?

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 07:06 (64 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Good to hear you got through that OK. I know that Medicare won't cover expenses outside the US, but does supplemental insurance? We always buy travel insurance but, fortunately, have never had the need to find out how well it works.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 08:51 (64 days ago) @ frostbite

Some supplements have a wide range of coverage outside U.S. My "Supplement" is Tri Care for Life (retired military) and in the U.S. covers all Medicare deductibles and copays (seamlessly). Outside U.S. they pay 75% but I have to pay the bill myself and then submit receipts for reimbursement.

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by Linda from Canada @, Zihua and Grand Marais, Manitoba, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 09:16 (64 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

We also have been to this hospital, with excellent outcomes. Dear hubby parted with his gall-bladder there about 3-4 years ago. He was well attended. It was not "inexpensive"- 40,000 pesos- but included everything in the hospital-drugs, tests, the surgery, 3 overnights, and the return visit to check & remove a couple of stitches. The surgery itself was done "laparoscopic" -just as it would have been done in Canada.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:48 (64 days ago) @ Linda from Canada

To us in U.S. 40,000 would be a gift. True, the medical providers often "bill" one amount but often settle for half that amount from Medicare and other insurance plans.

Please correct me if I am in error but in Canada a major portion of medical costs are paid by the government single payer plan.

Not to start an argument but for me 40,000 is a bargain.

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by rdcosta @, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:41 (64 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

$40,000.00 pesos would be a bargain in Canada also, but most people never see the cost as the bill is paid by the government. There is very little Canadians have to pay for when it comes to medical.

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by ZihuaRx @, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:48 (64 days ago) @ rdcosta

In Canada the medical is paid by the "people" who pay taxes to the government so I would suggest that the people pay for the medical.

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by rdcosta @, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:52 (64 days ago) @ ZihuaRx

You are absolutely correct in saying the people pay for the medical in a round about way. The thing is everybody is covered, if they pay taxes or not.

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by HolyMole @, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 17:26 (48 days ago) @ rdcosta

You are absolutely correct in saying the people pay for the medical in a round about way. The thing is everybody is covered, if they pay taxes or not.

As it is in (almost) every other civilized industrial country in the world.

For you Americans (leave it alone, Rob), Canadian medicare funds are distributed by the federal government - the "single payer" - to the provinces, who administer their own versions of healthcare. Most provinces provide their residents with either 6 or 7 months' coverage out-of-province, which includes medical expenses incurred in either the USA or Mexico. The home province covers expenses up to what would be paid, had the medical services been provided within that province. That means that most medical expenses incurred in Mexico are usually re-imbursed in full, or at the very least, in large part. The problem for Canadians is getting sick or injured in the good 'ole USA, where the cost of a day in a Canadian hospital gets you a Jell-O dessert in the USA.

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by Mexalberta @, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 17:54 (48 days ago) @ HolyMole

It all depends if there is an agreement with the billing location. That agreement does not exist among all provinces of Canada. I would not gamble.

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by rdcosta @, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 18:00 (48 days ago) @ HolyMole

You are so right, there for the need for the evacuation insurance. If you need to go home you are covered every way

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by Altona Stu @, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 18:29 (48 days ago) @ HolyMole

Canadian medicare funds are distributed by the federal government - the "single payer" - to the provinces, who administer their own versions of healthcare.

The federal government sets national health care standards but only sends about 25% of the cost of health care to the provinces. The province pays the rest. In my province, health care is the biggest budget item for the provincial government. (No complaints.)

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by Linda from Canada @, Zihua and Grand Marais, Manitoba, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 16:47 (64 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

We had no problem with the cost for hubby's care.

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by jharrison, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 11:31 (48 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

That's a very encouraging story. Is there medical insurance that works in Zihua, or should we plan on paying in pesos if we need medical assistance? News story today (10/26/2017) about a horror story in Cabo -- a 20-something woman fell on a metal spike, (fence, I think) at her all-inclusive resort hotel, puncturing one of her lungs in two places. The resort called an ambulance that took her to the St. Lukes Hospital (the resort may have a contract with that hospital, the story says), which locked her in a room and would not treat her until a responsible party provided $50,000 US cash. Essentially a kidnapping. Turns out the US State Department issued a warning about predatory hospitals in the Cabo area last year. If she had gone to the Cruz Azul hospital, everything would have been OK -- she had US travel insurance that would cover emergencies (allegedly). Her boyfriend flew down there and her parents, who live in the same city as I do (story was in our local paper) ended up giving the hospital $30,000, and then she was transferred to another hospital. The US Embassy is involved, as are the local police. I hope some of the money can be recovered. I've been to Zihua a couple of times, talked to people who have had medical treatment there, and never heard of anything remotely like this. Still, I wonder whether there is short-term Mexican insurance that we might buy in advance of our next trip to Zihua, in February.

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by Mexalberta @, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 13:18 (48 days ago) @ jharrison

Just read the story, it says she had health insurance but did not have travel insurance. Stupid expensive mistake. I hope others read and learn.

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by rdcosta @, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 14:14 (48 days ago) @ Mexalberta

Medical is reasonable in Zihuatanejo, I have not been in the hospital there,but have been treated at clinica Maciel and found it to be excellent care. In the case where it may be something more technical I would consider going home. I represent an air evacuation company that will take you home to your home hospital and it is very reasonable I will be arriving in Ixtapa in December and I can tell you all about it, or you can contact me on my email

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by Mexalberta @, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 14:19 (48 days ago) @ rdcosta

Not me that has questions.
Other than why can’t people figure it out

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 14:26 (48 days ago) @ Mexalberta

It is a lot more complicated than you might think. Where are you going? How long are you going to be there? How much and what kind of coverage do you need? How old are you? What is your health history? And this doesn't begin to be all the questions that have to be answered. Been there, done that.

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by rdcosta @, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 16:49 (48 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Not all insurance companies are the same, granted,there are questions,but not as bad as you might think. I may well be worth a conversation

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by Mexalberta @, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 16:56 (48 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

My comment was in reference to the fact many Americans do not buy travel insurance. On the north side of the 49th we have you on this one.
We have been shaking our heads for more than 25 years.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 13:21 (48 days ago) @ jharrison

The insurance question is very complicated. I have Tricare for Life which pays 75% of my medical expenses outside of U.S. BUT I have to pay first and then submit for reimbursement. Hospial Especialdes doesn't address payment until discharge. They rake credit cards. I find them totally patient oriented.

As for what happened to the lady in Cabo all I can say is "S**t happens everywhere".