Live or Retire in Mexico: Doctors and Honesty

Having Honest Doctors When You Live or Retire in Mexico:

A Personal Anectdote

Without getting into details, I’ll tell you one of my experiences with a dishonest doctor so that you’ll know what to watch out for when you live or retire in Mexico.

I got a referral for a doctor from a fellow expatriate from the U.S. The doctor charged a moderate amount on the pay scale (300 pesos per visit) and was a gentle, friendly person.

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At first I was very pleased with this doctor, but eventually came to a crucial cross-roads with him. I asked him for information about a condition that I thought I might have. He used that opening to withhold information from me about tests available from local laborartories and to recommend that he perform an expensive, invasive, and unnecessary surgery on me. …

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Professionalism in Their Offices

In addition to the huge difference in the morals exhibited by these two doctors, there was a difference in the professionalism demonstrated by their receptionists. The former doctor’s receptionists would make appointments for times such as 6:30 and 7:00, but when I got to the office, I would wait until 9:00 p.m. to see the doctor. If it was because he was regularly detained, why did they not use my phone number which they had in their appointment book to call me and ask me if I’d like to arrive later or reschedule my appointment?  As a retired person, I’m sure you don’t want to sit and get flat-butt in a waiting room for hours.

At the honest doctor’s office I wait….

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When you live or retire in Mexico, get referrals from friends and acquaintances, but be your own advocate. It may be necessary to switch doctors in order to get the kind of care you deserve.

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