Published On: Mon, Jul 14th, 2014

Americans living in Mexico praise ‘Seguro Popular’ Universal Health Care

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Universal Health Care is currently at the center of a heated debate in the United States, but in the neighboring nation of Mexico, it’s a reality.

Yes, now Mexico offers coverage to millions of uninsured people, and even some Americans living in Mexico have taken advantage of this new insurance programme.

10 years ago, half of Mexico 110 million people had no medical insurance whatsoever, because in Mexico like in the U.S., most coverage was linked to employment, but now they have universal health care, thanks to the “Seguro Popular”.

An American couple living in San Miguel de Allende Mexico, the town with the largest concentration of Expats in this country, wanted the insurance in case of an emergency, so they enrolled.

A few days later both of them were involved in situations that required medical attention, they found themselves in the Emergency Room of the General Hospital in San Miguel, twice in a matter of days. They got X-Rays, and then a bilingual doctor explained them that there were no broken bones, etc., and at the end, they were simply amazed to find out there was no cost.

Expat living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Expat living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Expat couple living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Expat couple living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premiums are charged on a sliding scale, home ownership is one if the deciding factors, anyone can sign up for the government funded programme, most people that make little or nothing, children are fully covered.

Though access has expanded, the quality of medical care in Mexico may vary from state to state, and it’s not as good in poor rural areas. But at least, in this region of Central Mexico (San Miguel Allende), people seemed very pleased with the service.

At this point, you might be asking yourself: What do an American has to do to take advantage of the “Seguro Popular”, first of all, let’s make it clear that you do not have to be a Mexican citizen, you just need to prove that you reside legally in this country.

The question is: If Universal Health Care is becoming a reality in a country like Mexico, why does it remain controversial in the United States?

Source: KENS5 News San Antonio (TV Channel)

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