Tuesday, September 1, 2009

One of Our Best Kept Secrets

What? I shouldn't tell you?

Too late. The cat is out of the bag. Susie Madrak ( from Suburban Guerrilla) has a post at Crooks and Liars that reveals one of the best kept secrets about moving to Mexico. I don't believe I have ever written about it in this blog. Yes, I have commented on the low prices for medicine and that most medicines are available over-the-counter. I get my bupropion (Wellbutrin generic), valproate, blood pressure meds, and thyroid meds for a fraction of the price I would pay in the U.S. -- even with my great retired teacher Blue Cross plan. What I haven't mentioned is that I have the opportunity, as a documented alien, to buy into the Mexican health plan. The price is based upon the decade you were born and will cover everything you need after 2 years. The first two years of the plan does not cover pre-existing conditions. It is a great plan that many in our expat community enjoy.

Take a look at Susie's article. Money quote:

MEXICO CITY — It sounds almost too good to be true: a health care plan with no limits, no deductibles, free medicines, tests, X-rays, eyeglasses, even dental work — all for a flat fee of $250 or less a year.

To get it, you just have to move to Mexico.

As the United States debates an overhaul of its health care system, thousands of American retirees in Mexico have quietly found a solution of their own, signing up for the health care plan run by the Mexican Social Security Institute.

The system has flaws, the facilities aren't cutting-edge, and the deal may not last long because the Mexican government said in a recent report that it is "notorious" for losing money. But for now, retirees say they're getting a bargain.

Shhhh. Don't tell the rich folks or Republicans. They'll want to fuck it up for us like they're trying to do with health care reform back home.

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