dottiejane Posted December 14, 2022 Report Share Posted December 14, 2022 I have been here for exactly 6 months and it has been a very expensive (for me) and stressful one. I thought I did the necessary research before coming down but did not consider as I should have, the possibility of a serious illness and what it would cost. I will not go into details but quite obviously since I don[t have medicare or medicare advantage which I had in the states. the cost of paying for many blood tests, doctor visits and a Pet Scan for $1400 US set me back far more than it would have in the states. The symptoms started appearing barely a month after arriving and knowing very few people, I had to maneuvre the very different way of doing health care here pretty much on my own. I know I am in Mexico - I love it here - so please no GO BACK HOME replies. I am just trying to alert people to consider how they will pay out of pocket once here. I Knew I would not have insurance but being very healthy and hardly ever at the doctor, i just didn't think about the What IF's long enough. I have no complaints about the quality of doctors but I didn't realize that when they order blood tests, they can cost a lot of out of pocket money and I would recommend asking the doctor why these particular tests are necessary l what he/she is looking for and then doing research as to whether or not you need that test. I had one well known doctor in town order a $700 US blood test which, when I did the research before having it done, found out was for a disease I knew I didn't have I didn't and don't have the disease in question and didn't get the test and changed doctors. The blood lady at Chopco and I became fast friends I was there so often and she told me she takes her father to GDL for his treatmennt since they cost half what they charge here. Luckily the Pet Scan showed nothing abnormal so it was worth the charge and obviously gave me peace of mind. The blood tests did show the possibility of a serious condition which is why I continued to track down what it could be. There is still no real diagnosis but I am still up and around plus it occured to me I would need a tranfusion if I gave any more blood.to Chopco. . I I know my way around much better and have a doctor who is not particularly well known or the owner of her own medical clinic, but comes with superb recommendations from people I trust. Don't know if this is or would be helpful to anyone - if not - just ignore it. If it helps, good. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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