One excellent clinic (Clinica Maskaras run by Dr. Garcia) is bilingual, fully equipped with laboratory, x-rays, pharmacy and much more and has access to nearly every specialist you could want. It is available 24/7. They have developed an extremely economical plan they offer to "Mexpats" (foreigners), where for one very low annual fee you can have as many doctor visits as you need and get a variety of other benefits and discounts. Even though we personally have private insurance, for our day-to-day medical issues we use this clinic. Dr. Carlos Garcia is one of our Expert Guest Speakers.
Maskaras Clinic Discount Program particulars:
- $2300 pesos (approx $200 U.S.) per year (adjusted to U.S. dollar exchange rate).
- Unlimited Clinica Maskaras office visits during normal office hours, with Dr. Carlos Garcia
- No age restriction
- No “previous condition” restriction
- Emergency pre-hospitalization medical physician consultations at Clinica Maskaras, with Carlos Garcia or participating MedCare
- Maskaras Emergency Care Physicians
- Annual EKG
- 20% Discount on all lab tests at Clinica Maskaras
- 10% Discount on X-Rays and Mammograms at Clinica Maskaras
- One free dental exam and 10% discount on dental services at Clinica Maskaras
- Two house calls per year
- 10% discount at the CARE X-Ray Clinic in Guadalajara (MRI, CAT, Ultrasound,etc)
- 50% Discount with the eye doctor for the first eye exam visit
Many of the expats that live in Lake Chapala will sign up for the national IMSS Health Insurance (see link in Navigation sidebar) and marry it together with the Maskaras Clinic Discount Program. Then for approximtely $500 U.S. a year they are covered for day-to-day issues and emergencies.
Pay as you go... and/or Insurance from back home
A small portion of people choose to simply 'Pay as they Go.' Given how affordable IMSS and the Maskaras Clinic Discount program is, we don't encourage this. Having said that, you will find excellent English-speaking doctors and hospitals where operations, tests, procedures, etc. will cost a fraction of what they would north of the border.
A certain number of people may still have coverage north of the border so they are in the enviable position of not having to worry about taking any additional health care coverage. Good for them!
Special Note: Dr Garcia is our Expert Speaker for the Focus on Mexico Educational programs in Lake Chapala. You'll learn first hand from him all about the IMSS system, Private Insurance, and the Discount Program offered through his Maskaras Clinic. You’ll find out what effect pre-existing conditions make on the various plans, the age limits and when eligibility begins. You’ll hear the pros and cons of each system and be in a position of knowledge to make your own decisions. You’ll get all the information you need to make an informed decision on which medical program is best for you. You’ll even get the contacts in each area so when you are ready, you’ll know where to go.