Originally Posted by pappabee
Both, I went to IMSS and told them that I was diabetic and I was told not even to apply because I would not be accepted. I have spoken to many people here at Lakeside that had the same experiences. Now this might only be the IMSS here at Chapala but since a very large number of Lakeside residents are over 50 many are finding that IMSS is not available to them.
I wonder if this is because IMSS is in trouble for lack of complete funding. Excluding old gringos could be a way to save money in order to treat the old Mexicans.
I have thought about joining IMSS here in Xalapa, but I like my current heart doctor and don't want to change. Even if I did, I would have to wait a year or so because of the pre-existing condition. Not trying to be smug, but I can afford a private doctor and the medication he prescribes. (700 pesos per visit every three months and 1,200 pesos per month for the medications.) A few months ago, I was hospitalized for a kidney problem and the difference in hospitalization in the US and Mexico is baffling at times. The care was excellent and the cost was low (12,000 pesos for four days). They won't let you out until the bill is paid. Hospital medications are purchased outside the hospital at a local pharmacy by a friend or relative.