Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Lake Chapala, Mexico
Last updated on Nov 02, 2022
Summary: Expats and global nomads in Lake Chapala, 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 Lake Chapala like?
When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Lake Chapala, they replied:
"Hospital San Antonio del Lago de Chapala is a private hospital and is known to charge huge bills to patients. We used to request for daily billing details about medicines, health report, isolation charge, the staff was least bothered about this. But at the time of discharge, we got final bill and we couldn't recognize all billing things. I felt helpless on discharge from the hospital management. There were so many things that didn't reached to us but were still added in the hospital bills. Request to patients who get hospitalized in Hospital San Antonio del Lago de Chapala. DO KEEP A WATCH ON YOUR BILLS! ," added another expat.
"We chose to self-insure in Mexico for now, but we still have Medicare in the USA just in case....," commented one expat who moved to Lake Chapala.
What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?
When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Lake Chapala, they replied...
"Most everyone is wearing a mask. No stupid protests about encroaching on their rights," commented one expat who moved to Lake Chapala.
"I had an extremely positive experience when I was ill from eating. Top notch experience. But they are not prepared for Covid," said another expat.
Are healthcare services good in Lake Chapala?
We asked people if they have access to good medical care in Lake Chapala. They wrote:
"A few weeks ago I used my GEHA (government employees health association) insurance at Hospital San Antonio. Well I should say I tried to use it. At first the staff at Hospital San Antonio said that my entire emergency would be covered but they charged my $25000 USD UP Front and I had to pay it or the administrative staff there told me they would send me to a public hospital in the worst part of Guadalajara. They bullied me and I felt so uncomfortable but I was not in a position to fight. I paid the up front fee and then on discharge they just deducted it from the bill which I still had to pay and they gave me a bill with codes to submit to my insurer for reimbursement...such lies and thieves trying to trick people about accepting insurances. I will never go back to Hospital San Antonio in Tlyacapan," explained one expat.
"Yes, but the quality is not uniform. However, as this area is growing in population (both Mexican and expat), new medical facilities are being built that should improve the quality, access and expense," said another person in Lake Chapala.
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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