Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Merida, Mexico
Last updated on Sep 08, 2022
Summary: Expats and global nomads in Merida, Mexico share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Mexico, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.
What are medical services in Merida like?
When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Merida, they replied:
"I had two routine check up procedures at Clinica Merida, and they were done very professionally and excellent at a low cost. Merida has two medical schools for doctors so health care in Merida is excellent," remarked another expat in Merida.
Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Merida?
"Medicare and supplements are only of use within the US except for certain life threatening emergencies when traveling. If you have substantial financial resources and a high respect for the health services in major cities you can pay for private care. Most insurance in MX will not cover preexisting conditions and the premiums are out of reach, especially for people over 70 or so. Staying connected with doctors and hospitals in the US is the most logical thing for us, we make several trips a year to see our doctors but are prepared to pay for care here in MX as needed," remarked another expat living in Merida.
"If you are planning on gettin a permanent recidency visa you could look into getting in the public insurance program, I think it is called IMSS, but they have a long list of pre existing conditions and some of those take years to expire, in other words if you do not have the conditions, but get it in a set amout of time, it will not be cover, you do have to pay a yearly fee but it would be cheaper than private. I think your best option would be to live close to the border and cover any minor issues out of pocket and cross to the US for anything major, there are medifvac insurance programs that you can look into," said one expat living in Merida.
"All hospitals and clinics are 10-15 minutes from any point in the city. Many. many medical options to choose from. They have both public, which might be a long wait, and private, substantially below USA costs," mentioned another expat in Merida.
What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?
We asked members about local medical facilities in Merida, they wrote...
"Mexico has overall been very good about lockdown and mask wearing, not gathering in groups for parties, etc. It has been much better than the US for the most part. It has curfews, etc," remarked another expat in Merida.
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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