My Wife And I Ride Mexico For A Month

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    When I was in Mexico working, the private doctors and hospitals provided good health care, the state provided health care is where I saw some very poor care being given. Too many patients, not enough time? I don't know, I do know I did not want them treating me unless I was in a private system!
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    You do have a point, public health care is lousy, private health care is great.

    In Mexico, you have two basic public health care systems, IMSS and ISSSTE. The first one is for workers in the private sector and the second one for goverment employees. Both type of employees do not pay for health care, the employers pay for the employees health care.

    Both of them also pays your retirement checks.

    Now, in the big cities suc as Gdl. Mexico City etc. the public sector hospitals have state of the art technology, such as a hospital only for cancer patients, an eye hospital, transplant hospital and a womens hospital

    There is a new health care system in which families living in poverty for something like 200 pesos a year have health insurance. They will be sent to a hospital called "Hospital General", where they will be treated by specialist, and in case of surgeries, the cost is something like 500 pesos for baby delivery.

    One was built in Zamora a few years ago, it's still brand new with state of the art surgical equipment, but as you know, the capacity has been exceeded.

    The plus in public health care, is that the best and most expensive doctors in private health care, operate and treat patients in public hospitals for free.

    Me, I'm very fortunate to still be able to afford private health care.

    But let's ask ourselves, where in the world is public health care good?
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    I think the people in the US have answered that question, unfortunately, our politicians have decided we are not smart enough to make that decision and have made a different decision for us! :cry
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    And reading Abogado68's description we can see the direction we are being
    led: "affordable" health care results in overcrowded facilities which results
    in effective rationing (some get in, some don't) of health care.

    There is no free healthcare. When employers pay for it it is not free - it's
    simply money you will not see as salary. When the gov't pays for it it's not
    free - it's paid for by sucking money from the private sector and routing it
    through an incredibly wasteful, inefficient system that runs up the nat'l debt.
    Medicare is reported to be 30-40 trillion in debt. The gov't has
    no money to pay for anything - gov't can only tax us to pay for it.

    As political humorist P.J. O'Rourke said,"If you think healthcare is expensive
    now, wait until it's free!" :eek1

    Please forgive this threadjacking. Couldn't help myself. :cry
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    Donnie,

    Glad you had such a great ride. Congratulations to you and the wife.
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    Great report...you just lived what I dream to do someday!
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    No hay problema! :D
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    Thanks! I can't wait till next January to do it again! :D
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    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the report! Don't wait too long! :deal
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    regarding amputees,
    in general young amputees had some kind of traumatic injury that in many cases is to severe to try to perform a succsessful repair (re-implantation) of the afected area (auto accidents, agricultural machine accidents, work accidents).
    Old amputees are victims of diabetes (high blood sugar) wich is the number one cause of non violent deaths in Mexico, it has to do with irregular control of the disease because medical treatment is for life and $$$$$ or the patients don`t think that you should take medication for so long or if you aren`t feeling sick:eek1 .
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    Thanks! I was not aware that diabetes was a such a huge problem in Mexico. :eek1 Me and my wife are both diabetic and it was a challenge to find diet soft drinks at times! You had to specify no sugar to get coffee without sugar and only one or two places had a "sweet and low" type product. I took my own! :D Mexicans eat a high carb diet, which can be tough on us diabetics!
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    In the other hand....

    Also I knew couple or three persons with amputees, and they suffered that trauma because of ignorance and/or truly believe on home made remedies.

    One of them, an old good friend from high school, had missing the arm (down from elbow), when I asked how happened, he explained that was due an exposed fracture (while playing when he was kid). and that the cure used to treat fractures -on the far community he used to live- was to apply cowshit (no joke) on the injure, then wrap tight the arm.

    Is sad but true.
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    WOW! :eek1 My dad said when he was growing up his mom used kerosene for just about anything that ailed you!
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    +1 here
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    I'm ready to go back to Mexico! :cry I think Sheryl is as well!