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Doctors, Dentists, and Pharmacies
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Doctors

Doctors in Mexico do not enjoy the same income levels that doctors in the USA do. This translates to more reasonable health care costs for Mexican residents and for foreigners who use medical services in Mexico. To supplement their income, it is not unusual for a doctor to own a pharmacy (Farmacia) as well as practicing medicine. The quality of doctors in Mexico, as well as most anywhere else, varies considerably. So for non-emergency medical services it would be advisable to get a local recommendation. If you don't know someone to ask, there may be a local tourist assistance group such as IFOPE in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, or Manzamigos in Manzanillo, Colima. You'll find tourist support groups listed in the Miscellaneous section of a City's web page on tomzap.com. You could also check for a "Best Of" page in the Index. Or you could ask on the Visitors' Comments.

Dentists

Dentist work in Mexico is much less expensive than in the USA. The quality of dentist services in Mexico, as well as most anywhere else, varies considerably. So it would be advisable to get a local recommendation. If you don't know someone to ask, there may be a local tourist assistance group such as IFOPE in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, or Manzamigos in Manzanillo, Colima. You'll find tourist support groups listed in the Miscellaneous section of a City's web page on tomzap.com. You could also check for a "Best Of" page in the Index. Or you could ask on the Visitors' Comments.

Pharmacies

Farmacias in Mexico are everywhere. A downtown area will have one every couple of blocks or so. As mentioned above, pharmacies are often owned by doctors. In some cases, if you don't have a prescription they can write one for you. The pharmacist can often be helpful if you just explain what your situation is. There is a vocabulary list on tomzap.com for medical terms that may be useful. It seems like the more technical the words become, the more similar they are in English and in Spanish.

As medicines become more numerous and more expensive in the United States the practice of buying them while in Mexico is on the increase. I don't know much about this so perhaps some of you readers could write in and share your knowledge and experiences here. Send email to tom@tomzap.com.

Traveling in Mexico with a Medical Condition

I get questions about this occasionally. If you have a medical condition that could require emergency treatment while you are visiting Mexico, I have the following suggestions.


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