Sistema de salud mexicano atrae gringos
21.09.2009 @ 12:45 \12\Mon, 21 Sep 2009 12:45:00 +0000\00 +0000 UTC
Oh dulce ironía o el IMSS to the rescue! Y todo por 250 USD mensuales o menos:
It sounds almost too good to be true: a health care plan with no limits, no deductibles, free medicines, tests, X-rays, eyeglasses, even dental work — all for a flat fee of $250 or less a year. To get it, you just have to move to Mexico.
As the United States debates an overhaul of its health care system, thousands of American retirees in Mexico have quietly found a solution of their own, signing up for the health care plan run by the Mexican Social Security Institute.
The system has flaws, the facilities aren’t cutting-edge, and the deal may not last long because the Mexican government said in a recent report that it is “notorious” for losing money. But for now, retirees say they’re getting a bargain.
Obviamente todo esto es pagado con impuestos mexicanos:
The IMSS plan is primarily designed to support Mexican taxpayers who have been paying into the system for decades, and officials say they don’t want to be overrun by bargain-hunting foreigners.
No es state of the art, pero funciona:
Most patients seem grateful nonetheless. When Michael Kirkpatrick, 63, of Austin, fell off his motorcycle near his home in San Miguel de Allende, IMSS surgeons gave him a stainless-steel artificial hip.
There was no physical rehabilitation after the surgery, just a checkup a few weeks later.
“There was not the kind of follow-through and therapy that you would expect if you were doing this in the first world,” Kirkpatrick said. “But it was satisfactory. The hip feels good.”
Y claro, el IMSS tiene la opción de BYOP (Bring Your Own Pillow)
Bob Story, 75, of St. Louis, had prostate-reduction surgery at an IMSS hospital in Mazatlán and discovered that patients were expected to bring their own pillows. It was a small price to pay, he said, for a surgery that would have cost thousands of dollars back home.
“I would say it’s better than any health plan I’ve had in the States,” he said.