When flying or driving into Mexico, travelers are allowed to bring in certain medications, but others are prohibited. It is illegal, for example, to bring in certain common over-the-counter medicines, such as inhalers and some some allergy/sinus medications. Products that contain stimulants are prohibited, specifically medicines that contain pseudoephedrine (such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers)… Keep Reading
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… Keep Reading
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… Keep Reading
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… Keep Reading
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… Keep Reading
Many expats are aware that people with permanente and temporaral residence visas are eligible for free health care if they are 60 years or older through Seguro Popular (SP), Mexico’s universal health care system. Chronic problems are usually best handled at one of the SP hospitals in Guadalajara. These are mainly Hospital Civil Nuevo (new)… Keep Reading
The low-rent commercial district on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar has attracted another alternative therapy center (see previous article here about another one). An ad for the LiveO2 center appeared in El Ojo del Lago this month, with the subtitle “Oxygen of Youth.” What does that mean? Do youths have more oxygen? Can you… Keep Reading
Local attorney Spencer McMullen today confirmed that CURP numbers are not required for any prescription, regardless of the immigration status of the patient. The confirmation came as a result of McMullen speaking directly with representatives of COFEPRIS (The Mexican equivalent of the FDA). The CURP field is listed as OPTIONAL on the doctors’ online prescription… Keep Reading
The Mexican Government now tracks prescriptions with a new national computer database system. In order to track people, they have started requiring that prescriptions for controlled pain medications, like barbituates and opiates, must include the patient’s CURP number. This presents significant problems for people with tourist cards in Mexico because they have no CURP numbers.… Keep Reading
As you drive toward Jocotepec, there is a brand new hospital rising on the right of the Carretera— just before the entrance to the Las Fuentes housing development, and well before the new Jocotepec bypass that speeds residents toward Guadalajara. When we arrived, several people were getting off the bus directly in front of the… Keep Reading
It used to be called Clinica Ajijic, and it used to be blue on the outside instead of the current white. Meriza Flores, a medical engineer, has overseen these changes, large and small.Keep Reading
This doesn't mean you. You can quit any time. You just like the taste, a little buzz. It’s just something to do, and all your friends have fun when you’re all drinking. Plus, you don’t do it all the time.Keep Reading
It’s starting to warm up outside. Is that a good thing for the upper respiratory infections you have been seeing in the last few months?
Yes, they’re starting to slow down. And the allergy season doesn’t begin until about the end of March to the end of April. But I’m still seeing a lot of mononucleosis cases.Keep Reading
What’s new since last month?
Well, one of the things we do here is help people sign up for government health programs—IMSS and Seguro Popular. Those programs sometimes have very limited diagnostic lab capabilities, though, so people often have to use the medical labs in the area, which can sometimes be costly. But there’s a new low cost option.Keep Reading