In the last few weeks, I’ve heard people around me having conversations about going to Mexico for health and dental care because the costs are so much lower than they are here – even in some cases – cheaper than co-pays, I understand.
One conversation was at work, after I’d brought my Zenni Optical glasses to the office to show coworkers, in case they could use a resource like Zenni. One of our managers brought a vendor to my office, and asked to look at the Zenni glasses. The vendor was impressed, and said he’d paid $160 for his glasses down in Mexico not too long ago, but he would have spent over $300 in the states. They proceeded to have a conversation for about 15 minutes about the dentist this guy goes to in Mexico, and how his parents (the vendor is at least 60) have gone to this dentist for 15 years. The manager talked about considering having an implant done (for one of his front teeth), how he was looking at $7000 in the states, and wondered what it would cost in Mexico. The vendor described the area he goes to (immediately south of the border) and said he wouldn’t go any further than the first four streets, and he said he’d never go down to the town square. He said the dentists were all board certified in the US, so they were legitimate dentists.
Another conversation was at church, where two couples were talking about getting glasses, and having dental work done. One couple was just down there right at the beginning of the Swine Flu scare. So far they have not had any symptoms, but the wife did complain about the pain she experienced while having her dental work done.
I don’t remember the other conversations but there were at least one or two more.
I seem to be surrounded by it.
I personally don’t like the thought of it. I know people go to Mexico to vacation all the time and think it’s great, but I guess I’ve seen too many movies to feel comfortable going south of the border.
I suppose if you were dirt poor and had no insurance and your teeth were killing you, but you could round up enough money for a passport and vaccinations, it might be your only and last resort to live without pain.
I hardly go to the doctor or dentist here if I can help it, choosing alternative care when possible.
Now, if Mexico had board certified naturopaths and homeopaths, I might consider that. But I don’t “do” vaccinations, which I’ve heard you need to cross into other countries (maybe Mexico doesn’t care?) so that would probably stop me dead in my tracks.
What about you? Would you go to Mexico to save money on health and dental care?