The X-ray routine


WE USUALLY get chest X-rays once a year. It’s easy to do and cheap to boot.

This is where we do it. You need neither a doctor’s referral nor an appointment. You just go inside and request it. It can be a bit crowded in the morning, so we always show up after 5 p.m. when there is little chance of waiting.

The place is open till 8 p.m.

You tell the receptionist what you want, pay 250 pesos (about $13 U.S. nowadays), wait a few minutes and get ushered into the X-ray room. The technician does his thing, and you return to the waiting room for a brief sit.

Ten minutes later, you get the results that have been interpreted by a radiologist. Yep, for that $13, you get not only the X-ray, but a doctor who tells you what it shows.

Our relatively new socialist president, he who shall go unnamed, has said he’s gonna give us a healthcare system like Canada’s, i.e. “free.” Let us pray not.

And we sure don’t want the type of system that plagues Americans.

We both got X-rays on Thursday, and we are free of problems. Good to go.

18 thoughts on “The X-ray routine

  1. I read about AMLO’s free medical care. Free doctor but pay for all the accouterment, depending on the need, bit by bit.


    1. Carole: The nincompoop has initiated a new healthcare scheme that was advertised as, you know the drill, “free.” So far, the people who’ve received treatment through the scheme have discovered that it’s nowhere near free or even “free.”

      This guy is a real piece of populist work.


  2. I’ve never heard of getting annual X-rays. In Canada they just shine a light in your eyes and ears and say you’re okay. Don’t get me started on doctors…


    1. Brent: Americans are fixated on the yearly checkup, probably pushed by the medical community since the dawn of time. I remember reading somewhere years ago that Europeans find this American habit to be laughable. Apparently, they do not do it. But the logic of it is inescapable. Some afflictions can be cured if caught early and cannot if caught late. Cancer is the most obvious.

      Since doing this specific thing here is so fast and inexpensive, we do it. Why not? I also get annual dental checkups, and things have been found that would have been worse had they been noticed later.


  3. You shouldn’t believe everything you hear about Canada’s healthcare system. While not perfect it is a wonderful system. My youngest son was diagnosed with cancer at 3 years old and needed chemotherapy and other treatments for more than 3 years. It never cost us a penny out of pocket. He is now 27 and healthy. My mother-in-law passed away about 14 months ago after about a five-week stay in intensive care before she passed, again no cost to the family. You have been listening to the Republican lies about universal healthcare, mostly if not complete fear-mongering.


    1. Karlos: From what I have read and heard from actual Canadians, your system has pluses and minuses, which is no surprise. If something is urgent, as your cases were, it can work well. If something is not urgent, it can take a long time to get done. But don’t think for a moment that socialized medicine is free. It just looks that way. You pay via taxes, of course. Free is an illusion. If you have a pricey emergency, it’s a good deal, the taxes you’ve paid. If you go through life with few or no health issues, it’s a bad deal for you. But no matter, everyone is coerced into it.

      The United States got a hard lesson about government healthcare with Obamacare, which was liked by some — mostly the poor — and roundly cursed by others, mostly the middle-class whose insurance premiums went up, sometimes spectacularly from what I’ve heard and read. It seems that Obamacare, while not repealed, has been gutted to a great degree by judges since Trump entered the White House. I’m unclear what’s happening there with healthcare payments and costs now. I’m just delighted not to be a part of it. I know the U.S. has the most expensive healthcare system in the world.

      I prefer what we have in Mexico. There is a government system that works well sometimes and some places, and sometimes not. It’s very inexpensive and at times free. It’s closer to being actually free because few people here pay income taxes at all. Completely apart from government healthcare is the private system. If you’re not dirt poor, you are better off with that, and that is what I use. The lab that did our X-rays is a private firm. Good to excellent doctors and facilities are available at reasonable prices in Mexico that you can pay out of pocket.

      Canada, the U.S., Mexico? To me, the Mexican system wins hands-down.


      1. Having never needed or experienced the Mexican or U.S. systems in my frequent visits to both countries, I cannot comment but also understand that the Mexican system has to be superior to the U.S. I agree the Canadian system is far from free and would actually favour a user fee for visits which would weed out many people that avail themselves of the system when not needed. This simply makes waits longer for everyone.

        Sadly, the idiot PM was re-elected on a promise of implementing a universal pharmacare system also. A promise he either won’t be able to keep or will destroy our existing system. Sadly the socialist favouring younger generations swallow his guano, hook, line and sinker


        1. Karlos: Now you’re talking! And yes, user fees are a good idea for the reason you state.

          Young people love the idea of “free” stuff. They are, pardon my French, imbeciles.


    2. Karlos, P.S.: What happened with your son must have been a horrible experience. I am delighted it turned out well. A couple I worked with at the newspaper in Houston had the same thing with a child about the same age around 1990. The child was treated and, as I’ve since heard, is doing well today. And it was done with private health insurance.

      Lots of ways to skin a cat.


  4. Felipe,

    The topic of your blog post is timely. Just yesterday I had a rather heated argument about healthcare with two Canadians and a career union guy from Alaska in the hot tub of my frac here in Gringolandia. The Canadians talked up their “free” healthcare, and the left-winger union guy from Alaska blamed everything on Trump for gutting ObamaCare.

    First time in a long while that I’ve allowed myself to be baited into a political argument.

    The impeachment of President Trump is what started the whole debate. Just incredible that seemingly intelligent people will blindly believe everything they’re being fed on TV.



    1. Troy: Arguing politics or religion goes nowhere, and now you’ve learned that lesson once again.

      It never fails to amaze me when people cite the “free” stuff they get from their governments The basic form of ObamaCare was to raise taxes on the middle class and use the money to buy medical insurance for poor folks. The middle class gets no say in this, of course.

      Stay out of that hot tub!


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