Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to choosing doctors in Mexico. In fact, ignorance can be dangerous to your health. “Common knowledge” among the expat community is that private doctors are the best doctors in Mexico. But, in fact, public hospital doctors are generally the best trained and most likely to be up-to-date on the latest…
Millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent in Canada repairing botched stomach-shrinking surgeries performed outside the country, suggests new research into the growing phenomenon of bariatric medical tourism. Researchers who surveyed Alberta surgeons estimate that that province alone is spending a minimum of $560,000 annually treating complications in people who have traveled to Mexico and other…
Up until now, most reports regarding the Zika virus have indicated that the mosquito-borne virus causes fairly mild flu-like symptoms and conjunctivitis and rash. But some very disturbing trends are emerging that point to serious congenital defects, like microcephaly (small head). Some health experts are saying that the Zika virus could be even more dangerous than the dreaded Ebola virus because some victims remain symptom-free. .
Jalisco’s Secretary of Health Jaime Augustín González announced the first confirmed case of the Zika virus on January 22, 2016, so it’s already here.
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In case you missed the very well-attended information session on November 19th regarding Mexico’s universal health care system, Seguro Popular, there’s going to be another one. Seguro Popular is free for most senior expats who have a residence visa (not tourists).
The FREE session will be held at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) in Ajijic on Wednesday, December 9th at 9am, and there’ll be another session at 10:00am. Although the sessions are free, LCS is requiring tickets to attend in order to manage seating. You’ll want to get a ticket in advance to make sure you get a seat – or, take your chances and buy a ticket at the door.
The sessions will be conducted in English, and will provide all the information you could possibly want about this wonderful health care benefit. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for it, if you want to. If you think you might want to, please bring:
- Copy of your residence visa (Temporal or Permanente)
- Copy of signature and photo page of your passport
- Copy of address verification (CFE or phone bill)
- Copy of CURP document.
As you’ll find out, there’s no reason to be caught without health insurance when you need it!
Agustin Jaime Gonzalez Alvarez, Jalisco Secretary of Health, alerted Jalisco this week of the presence of a venomous caterpillar called the La Oruga de Peluche (Latin name Megalopyge Opercularis).
There have been two cases of people being injured by the caterpillar reported by Cruz Roja in Guadalajara, and a suspected caterpillar has been found in Lake Chapala’s Chula Vista fraccionamiento.
This caterpillar (see photo) carries a neurotoxin that can cause serious injury, and even endanger the lives of people who touch it. The venom is carried by the thorns hidden underneath the outer layer of fur.
The caterpillar should not be moved or touched under any circumstances. Instead, the Department of Civil Protection and the local firefighters (bomberos) should be notified immediately at 766-5252 or 766-3615. They will safely remove it.
Here’s your chance to learn what Mexico’s universal health care is all about. If you’re retired and over the age of 60, you qualify. And, it’s usually free.
Bring your official ID (passport or Jalisco driver’s license), proof of residency (electric or telephone bill), and your CURP document to sign up for the insurance.
The information session will be held at the seis esquinas (six corners) centro de salud (health center) in Ajijic on Thursday, November 19th at 1pm. The address is Ocampo #102. The session is free. You’ll find out (in English) what services and procedures are covered, and how the whole system works. Check here to do some advance reading.