Dios and doctors

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I’M SITTING ON a hard pew in the main cathedral of the state capital. Instead of praying or even reading the Bible, I’m waiting and occasionally reading Donald Rumsfeld’s memoirs on my Kindle. That fellow in the pew ahead of me is probably praying enough for the both of us.

God and doctors. That’s the theme for today. God because, well, look where I am, surrounded by religious trappings as only the Catholics can do it. I enjoy sitting here. Wish I had a cushion, however, for my skinny butt. Doctors, because my wife is visiting one right now.

Allow me to rub it in some more, to those of you who live outside Mexico, poor darlings, trapped by “free,” socialist, medical schemes in both Canada and, now, Barry’s America.

My child bride was unfortunate enough to have two medical crises at the same time, neither life-threatening but both physically unpleasant. It began on Monday, so we phoned Specialist No. 1 in the nearby state capital and easily made an appointment for the following day at 10 a.m.

Monday night, problem No. 2 erupted, so as we were driving to the state capital Tuesday morning, we phoned Specialist No. 2 and easily made an appointment for 11:30, 90 minutes later.

Can you do that where you live? Heck no.

While she was at the office of Specialist No. 1, I walked the four blocks to this cathedral. Yes, I’m not actually sitting there at this moment. Luckily, she finished in time for us to drive to Specialist No. 2, whose office is in the annex of the Star Médica hospital, a great Mexican chain.

Both issues were handily resolved, and we paid the reasonable charges in cash.

And that, mis amigos, is how health care should be handled.

Efficiently, intelligently, affordably.

27 thoughts on “Dios and doctors”

  1. I feel relief that both issues were resolved and hopefully will not return. The blog entries like today’s inspire me to move there (Mexico) ASAP. (Now where is that paint brush to finish the painting on the cabinets, then the fireplace, then the floor covering needs to be installed,…………… he muttered to himself)

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  2. I couldn’t agree with you more. We went to DF for Easter to visit friends and I came down with an internal infection and very high fever. Our friends called a large medical group who said to come in, go to a certain room and the doctor will see you. No wait, no hassle. Problem cured, doctor’s bill about $22 US, pharmacy, about another $22 US. Paid cash and went home. Match that NOB.

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  3. I like a good Catholic church for contemplation and meditation. I haven’t been to one or two services save for weddings or funerals because I don’t care for the stylized worship ceremony, but the churches are great houses for the saint and sinner to sit and wonder. Most newer Protestant assembly places look like convention centers or small meeting rooms at hotels, depending on the budget and size of the congregation.

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    1. Laurie: You can’t beat the Catlicks, as my mother always referred to them, for architectural splash. Down here in Mexico, I particularly like the bloody Christs.

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  4. Glad the wife is ok, and issues resolved. A church is a great place to sit and contemplate whatever it is one needs to contemplate. Definitely between regularly scheduled services, because then one has to sit, stand, kneel, hold the hands out, shake hands, and repeat for an hour until done. Being a recovering Catholic has made it difficult for me to enter a church until recently without getting the shakes. But, most importantly your photo is great! I love it.

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    1. Angeline: One of the greatest favors my parents ever did for me was to never send me to any church, especially a Catholic one. Catholics construct fantastic buildings, but the religion itself is quite creepy and emotionally unhealthy, especially when Latinos are stirred into the mix. You never hear anyone say they’re a recovering Presbyterian or Methodist, but it’s quite common to hear that one is a recovering Catholic. Catholicism is fun to watch, but not to be trapped in. That’s what I think.

      Glad you liked the photo.

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    1. JACQUIE: NO NEED TO YELL!

      On a calmer, lowercase, note, I assume you are referring to your general practitioner. I am glad for you. I’m not that familiar with the Canadian system, but I know that waits can be a problem even for you folks. May your good fortune continue.

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    2. P.S.: And, of course, your “free” system is funded by significant taxes up there in the frozen north. Down here, we pay straight to the doctor as needed, and it’s invariably reasonable.

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  5. Go to a blog called ‘Rat Race Refugee’ and read her post from Feb. 17, 2015, entitled ‘Introspection.’

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    1. Loulou: I had already read that. Poor woman has been through quite a challenge, and I wish her and Todd well.

      Now stop it with this anonymous business. You do know that I can see you through my magic screen, don’t you? If not, well, now you do know.

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    1. Ray: I don’t doubt your story for nanosecond. I wish you and the Redhead were able and willing to pull up stakes and start a new life south of the border. It’s quite nice down here.

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  6. I concur with you fully on Mexican medical care. My doctor will even stop by my house if the need arises. Fortunately, my need for medical care has been minimal here. But I am impressed with both the quality and the reasonable price. And when my pull date comes up, I have no fear that my doctor is going to squeeze as many tax dollars as she can in futile attempts to keep me alive — as would happen up north. We truly are blessed to live here.

    By the way, churches are great places to simply contemplate our place in the world. I do that quite often on my Mexican journeys.

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  7. It’s really amazing how you can blame Obama for everything. The nerve of that man! Wanting everyone to have access to healthcare!

    That said, yes, Obamacare has created a lot of change, and with that change inevitably there are screwups and difficulties, especially when a lot of state governors and members of congress fight it tooth and nail. But it should be noted that before Massachusetts adopted Romneycare, we had the highest per capita healthcare costs in the country. Within a few years we had dropped a half-dozen or so places. Not, it’s not cheap, but the cost curve has been bent. It’s not entirely ridiculous to believe that such a thing could happen under Obamacare.

    As for the evils of Obamacare, it’s worth nothing that pre-Obamacare, American healthcare was neither cheap, nor bureaucracy-free. And it rose in cost at a breathtaking pace. However, when you have access, American medical care is generally excellent.

    And I’d note that life expectancy in the USA is about two-and-a-half years longer than in Mexico. Not all of this is due to the healthcare system, but some of it is.

    You should also once in a while make mention of the fact that you and other Gringos SOB are “one percenters” (or nearly) in Mexico, and your experience of healthcare reflects that. The average Mexican’s experience is not nearly so lovely.

    And it’s the same in the USA. The top of the heap get all kinds of special treatment because they can pay for it.

    I’m delighted that your wife is getting great care, but a little tired of hearing how Obama has ruined everything. Yes, I have serious issues with Obamacare and what it didn’t do, and how it was structured. However, if you want to blame someone for the high cost of healthcare in the USA, blame the AMA, which deliberately restricts the number of medical schools so as to maintain high doctor pay.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where I can get on a subway, ride for 15 minutes, and walk into the Mass General walk-in clinic any time I want, and it’s covered by my insurance.

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    1. I’m in agreement with Kim, especially with ‘the average Mexican’s experience is not nearly so lovely.’ Actually, the experience of many gringos isn’t so lovely either. You’ve had good luck and that’s nice but if I get really sick in Mexico I’ll be high-tailin’ it back to the US. And, yes, I was aware that you knew who I was when I made reference to Rat Race Refugee. I didn’t think you’d permit the comment to be published as it’s a pretty graphic example of what can happen to someone with complicated medical issues in Mexico.

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      1. Loulou: The medical issues the Rat Race Refugee has experienced could have just as easily happened in the United States or most anywhere, for that matter. If you actually lived down here, I believe you’d have a better understanding of the excellent Mexican healthcare system. Same goes for Kim who does not live here either. Visits don’t really give you a good idea of most any aspect of Mexican life.

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        1. It’s true that medical screw-ups can happen anywhere. However, I know where I’d rather be if I was having a cardiac event. And you don’t live in the US anymore so, despite what you hear and accept as gospel from Bill Whittle and Fox news, you don’t really have a good idea of most any aspect of normal American life.

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          1. Loulou: Just found your comment in the spam file. Apologies. I did not do that.

            As for my not having a good idea of most any aspect of normal American life, I think that I do. The internet is very revealing. I have my eye on you people daily, and it saddens me.

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