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  1. You can sign up for health benifits online or over the phone. Once approved you set an appointment up with a primary care provider. Get some tests, talk about you’re healthcare objectives, get your VIC card and start a medical record. That record will follow you to any VA and accessible to you by accessing it through https://www.myhealth.va.gov/. Like Gringo said you can visit any VA but you need to register with the facility first. Since i usually fly up it was up to me where I wanted to go. I chose Northern Arizona since I heard good things. I’ve registered at Fresno, Phoenix, San Diego and Northern California. You guys probably know all this and I’m preaching to the choir. If I’m missing anything let me know
  2. I just looked up the VA hearing test and prosthetic coverage. I was not aware that even existed! Plus it’s not any old hearing aid but quality top 10% of all hearing aids. The VA is always surprising me with cutting corners here but channeling big money to something like this! I never imagined hearing aids were so expensive either! How long was your process from making an appointment to going home with a snazzy pair of Bluetooth ears? Does that mean you can answer your phone using those? Is there a list or resource of VA Benifits that a majority of veterans don’t realize exist? Thanks for that!!!
  3. 10% is something. It’s a foot in the door. But yeah. You’re looking at a 90% rating if you want some attention.You can always appeal. Ebenifits streamlines it the process and provides for a super speedy decision. But moving from 10% to 90-100% might be a challenge
  4. Don’t some patients have a colonoscopy as an outpatient? I don’t think you’re sedated unless you throw in an endoscopy too. Even then it’s conciosus sedation. One minute you’re listening to the GI doc go on about improving his stroke or the new putter he bought and the next minute you’re out the door having your wife drop you off at the driving range or looking for that club of discussion at pro shop. I for one have never had a colonoscopy in Mexico. If I was considering it. I’d research research research. Leave no stone left unturned. Interview the dr. Inspect the facility and team.
  5. Along the same lines. The VA has the “VA CHOICE” program. Essentially it allows veterans to seek care if certain criteria are met. Ie appointments booked over 30 days out etc. From my understanding the program ran out of funding a month after it was approved. I’m sure there’s money still in the budget but not like before. Either way, If I chose to use the standard veteran benifit will it cover me in Mexico. Or maybe choice would work? If what you say is true and the clinic has improved then maybe I’ll schedule some preventative care. Medicine is after all a business and sometimes it takes time to work out the bugs
  6. Thanks. I kinda figured it was something like that.
  7. Rumors? I gathered this data from personal experience and non stop denied EOB emails that followed. Of course it’s par far course any questionable expat experience that isn’t awesome and great is ruled fiction or untrue. Oh well. Positive note they sure have patient billing down. They’re still in business? I figured since I was the only patient in the huge building both times.
  8. I don’t see the US system as broken, just bloated and hard to maneuver.
  9. I was seen there a few years back for a separated shoulder. One initial visit and a follow up. Billed tricare nonstop for a month. Called ticare to separate my name from the fraudulent charges. Patient care needs work. Billing needs to be watched closely.
  10. What if you lost the FMM you filed for departure? Will my permanent residenct card and US Passport be sufficient?
  11. California. Some expats have convinced themselves Mexico is just as, if not better, than the US. As we get older every test, procedure or health concern should to be addressed as a priority by patient, a board certified physician, knowledgeable staff (competent and certified) and cutting edge technology. Not word of mouth or haggling at the local market. Yes costs in the US are outrageous! Fortunately, if it’s covered by insurance the out of pocket copay is negligible. In Mexico unless you have INSS you’re paying cash. In the US, patients have rights. Physicians have a responsibility. And if you are concerned about the direction your care is going you can always review policy and protocol, there’s always recourse. Of course there’s some outstanding Mexican physicians. However, a physician is only part of a healthcare team. Just curious what the verdict is on nursing.
  12. Appletv. Expressvpn provides you with a US IP address to enter on your Apple TV. US Netflix configured to lowest resolution. US amazon prime. YouTube. Hulu live. Not including the cost of the Appletv my bill runs $60/month i use express vpn for the customer support
  13. I’m not too with familiar FB friends. I usually like to meet people in person so there’s obviously some people who are very culturally accepting of this tradition that are posting on FB. Question, on my way church today i said hola to a young man sitting on the corner I’ve never seen before but I noticed his friend eyeing me the previous day and knew the scene from my years of teaching in the mission district SF. They probably have a stream on FB if you’re interested. For those who aren’t aware of the culture of the district it’s oozing with culture. Well I’m pretty sure he was selling drugs because he wanted to know what I needed and how much. It was in Spanish. And from my shopping experiences” how much” comes with selling something. Then the lookout came over because it looked like I was a buyer. I’ve never been able to purchase drugs even when I wanted drugs. In the states I’m usually pegged as an undercover cop. Or in Mexico I can’t get pain meds for the life of me when I’m standing in line with a separated shoulder. If I new I could by drugs on my way to church then I certainly would have been a buying customer when I was in pain. But now I’m not looking for drugs. Just not today. I’ve never been asked before. So do I load up now for the festival. They’re good to have and hard to find. But im sure I’ll walk by them at least for the festival. Why leave when business is boooming! I also said hola to an old man who had some back issues. He was Mexican as well. He was just up the corner from the young salesmen. Unfortunately he was stacking trash. I asked “Why are you working so hard? “I think I said it. But he wasn’t selling he was too busy stacking trash. He looked like he could have used some drugs. But he was too busy getting ready for the cultural festivities. I don’t think they would stream him as he obviously wasn’t too aware of the excitement of the festival. I kinda wish I knew more Spanish so I could help him understand his culture better. But he didn’t seem like he was too interested in Mexican culture as we are. Last question. I understand the explanation of testing sound systems in preparation. But how often do you need to test the fireworks? It’s my thinking if they work then they work right? Oh well. I’m still learning. And I’m not one to complain. And I guess today I learned where to buy drugs.
  14. Ok. So this the cultural celebration that has been celebrated for years filled tradition as expressed so eloquently on the other thread, Because I want that one. I think it’s sounds like fun. Sign me up! Im lost. Are we on the same festival schedule? Because what I’m listening to the last nights is nothing but greed and extortion of a small town? Sorry to offend the fans. Are these one and the same?
  15. I’m posting on the topic about a 9 day celebration of non stop entertainment. Is this the same noise uh umm music entertainment that were all listening too? Because this area has become one solid party in less than a year and they’re putting those speakers to good use! Definitely money makers for the the party until 4 crowd. I’m certain I would have noticed this last year but this year it’s becoming non stop action. Im still new. I’ve lived here for three years but in the last year there’s been some upgrades. I’ve lived outside US for 18 years so I’m not comparing this to anything particular. I say this because i see things for what they are and not what I’m sold or fed like I’m Fresh Off Thr Boat. it’s obvious this is a fast moving money-making opportunity. These boys are not from around here and have done this before. That sound system is made for Woodstock and not some small event, Thats no small town set up. I bought headphones and turn the tv on full blast and still I can here the singer or screamer counting numbers and screaming aye aye aye for hours. But nothings can stop vibrations that come with that top of the line sound system. I’m all for cultural expression and living then Mexican experiencing. But this is abuse and exploitation of a small town by a few individuals looking turn a profit. They are spending money on those speakers and definitely don’t care about a quality show. It’s an issue that needs to be addressed. I’m familiar with the drill and signing a petition or filing a complaint will not work. If nothing can be done then I guess we did our best and wait until the party burns.out or stops turning a profit. But I’d like to try something. I’m still up even though it fizzled out hours ago expecting the same grand finale that ended last night. I was planning on going over tonight to see if there were actually a local crowd enjoying the concert. But tonight’s performance seemed to end sooner than I expected. If I’m missing something then tell me. I’m not trying to change a popular local tradition and impose my personal values or culture views just because it doesn’t agree with my way of life. I’m not that guy. I’m just trying to figure out what my nightly 7pm church bells are being replaced by nad attempt at music and and when can innhave them back,
  16. Now now I know. It sounds lively. So how did I miss this the last two previous two years? I’m listening them practice now and can’t believe that in the three years I’ve lived here I’ve been living next to the celebration of celebrations. I understand and have grown accustom to the random and daily ordinances even as it became more frequent and learned ignore the vibrations that follow. I was listening to the music earlier and in my limited Spanish I made out singing at good enough volume so I could make out the words. He was screaming or singing UNO DOS TRES UNO DOS TRES UNO DOS TRES,. Which I believe is counting ipine two three for an hour with the occasional AYE AYE AYE!!! For a good hour. Sunday night he was counting to four but still stayed strong on that mic for an hour. So maybe he’s counting down days until the main event? The speakers helped of course. So basically I’m listening to the warm up. I thought I was listening to the end. But it’s only the beginning! I’ll definitely remember this one. The history of this festival. Is there somewhere that will give me some more information, I find conflicting information that comes up and the things that I find are are from this year. 2017 that it’s mentioned. Although there’s one man who was surprised by the fireworks, which weren’t we all we first arrived, that a local Mexican resident told him something different about some battle between the town thst lasted nine days and the cohettes he heard we’re sounds of battle. I don’t see anything as descriptive as you were describing. I’m curious as the importance an event that it practices during a nationally recognized holiday. Plus, I know I could never afford to take nine days off from work for after a two week celebration day of the dead. Who funds these events. I can’t the sound system system is surprisingly nice to be free. Or the musicians, do they work gratis. I’m either just waking up to the local entertainment or the entertainment has become local and more frequent. Either way. They have themselves a nice opportunity to become a slamming city that is known for it’s non stop party lifestye. Since Guadalajara is cutting back on noise I see a nice opportunity for and steady income from people who are looking to party! This town has moved almost overnight from boring day of the church bells and candles in celebration to a solid uninterrupted non stop 9 day celebration soon 365 days a week party! You have to fly to Vegas for that kind entertainment or find an underground rave that can only run 24 hrs before getting shut down. But not here. We’re on the upward swing as I see it.
  17. I’ve still new here, I’ve only lived in Ajijic for 3 years and on and off 18 in Mexico mostly traveling in Baja. This is probably the only time I’ve ever heard this much excitement for an obscure festival that is has only gained momentum since I missed the last two flew right by me. I think this would be something to add in the brochure or history books. 9 days of non stop music and “cohettes” randomly throughout the day. I do love festivals and this one seems driven with purpose. The 4am practice sessions finales are stronger than the previous days. And to think. They’re only practicing! It’s gonna chain when the they start on day one. Sunday’s was literally the most cultural experience I’ve experienced in the last years than I have in my 18 years of living oveseas. So what’s the history behind the 9 day celebration. I have no idea how I missed something that screams fun before the fun begins. I’m limited to research on the internet and it doesn’t show up on a search. I’m new here but the brief time I’ve lived here ’ve seen massive amounts of growth in cultural expression. They really seem to have turned up the culture this last year with technology and the festivals are starting to blend together. Is this for a saint? Or a famous post Independence Day. And where’s then funding come from. It seems things are looking up in this sleepy little village. Love it!
  18. I had that happen I could only get Mexican amazon movies. I’m contacted amazon and told them the issue and I was traveling to Mexico not but back in the states. They had to switch my country setting on their end. Just make sure if you open up your amazon movies your von is on. Also, sometimes with expressvpn the setting needs to be on la 3 or New Jersey 2. Amazon blocks some of the other cities. Just chat up expressvpn and ask them which setting is working and they’ll tell you
  19. I was just about to get up mu courage and ask if he found a home. It’s time
  20. I use expressvpn vpn that offers a streaming DNS setting and a blocker. Excellent customer service. Chat box pops up and walks you through changing vpn locations when one gets blocked. Use me as a reference and we both get an extra month. I had a problem with amazon because I signed up for amazon Mexico. I had to chat with amazon customer service and have them change my account from Mexico to US. Then vpn from there. But amazon got tricky.
  21. Still down for me... did you call TELMEX? I can't
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