Third of El Pasoans get medical care in Ju rez

Full story: El Paso Times 58
El Pasoan Luis Alvarado pays cash for his doctor visits and medicines in Juarez. Full Story
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Jack

United States

#46 Nov 13, 2008
I had to take my dog in to the animal emergency medical clinic on Airway a couple of months ago. It cost me $700 dollars for a seven hour stay. Acouple of days latter I took her to Dr. Ruiloba in Ciudad Juarez to get the catheter removed. I explained what her symptoms were and he told me the exact same thing as those crooks on Airway. Dr. Ruiloba's clinic is open until 9 and is so clean that you could eat off the floor. It looks a lot nicer and cleaner than the Animal Emergency Medical Center.

One time I fell off a bike and cut myself. I decided to let it heal by itself like I always do, but one week later it still hadn't healed. I really didn't want to go to an emergency room in El Paso because I knew that right off bat I would have to pay $50 for the visit to the emergency room, and one or two months latter I would start getting bills of items and services not covered by my medical insurance. I was sure that I would have to pay at least $500 dollars out of my own pocket. My wife took me to Juarez to the Centro Medico de Especialidades, a very descent private hospital. We went to their emergency room and within five minutes a nurse and a doctor were working on my cut. Bottom line is that I got first class service at a first rate facility and it cost me $50 dollars. I latter spent about $25 dollars on medications.
You just can't beat that in El Paso.
Obama the Arab

El Paso, TX

#47 Nov 13, 2008
Well, this is so much B*S*!
We just got out son out of 9 days in the hospital. We were the only non-Mexicans on the floor.
Every person that came in asked about our insurance and residence, like we were going to change the information!
I must commend the doctor's they were professional. However, like the person we asked directions when we got off on the wrong floor, at radiology, when asked directions, he replied "No se". And yes he was in hospital scrubs.
Mexico needs to go back to Mexico!!! And stay there!
Jimmy

United States

#48 Nov 13, 2008
TRDOFLZYPPL wrote:
I take my pets to Jz, they get great care, I can walk in, go right to the vet, he is a good friend now and the average payment is 20 dlls, that includes shots, blood test, check up, and fast service. Sometimes I have called him on his cell and he has given me advice on the phone, even on Sunday. Say what you want, but I wont got to vet here in El Paso for service. Its just to good over there. The only thing I get in El Paso is the Rabies shot.
Wow that's great, I didn't know that you could do that. Don't you have a problem bringing your pets back over to the US? Do they need certificates of vaccines etc?
Just curious that's all!
Whatever

United States

#49 Nov 13, 2008
Dorado wrote:
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If you or a family member pay the IMSS taxes, then you can use IMSS services no matter where you live. So treating El Pasonas it's ok as long as they pay their corresponding taxes.
BUT, this article is talking mainly about dentist clinics, ophthalmologists, MRIs, gynecologists, etc.. this article is not about tax payers paying for someone elses benefits. I agree with a post above. Why do people from Juarez go to ELP hospitals for medial treatment?
An MRI in Juarez costs $500 dlls and in EP is about $3K or $10K if you have insurance. Big difference. An eye doctor visit in EP cost me $270 dlls and a visit in Juarez $70 dlls. These services are private clinics that are not subsidez by the government.
The price difference between Mexico and the US is due mainly to 2 reasons, lower wages and lower cost of insurance for practitioners. A MD in the US that makes $250K per year might end up paying close to $50K just in insurance for medical malpractice. A MD in Juarez might make around $100K and pay at the most $5K per year on insurance.
Cost of buildings is cheaper, cost of transportation, which are other factors that affect the price difference.
Drugs aren't subsidized either unless you belong to Seguro Popular, or IMSS or ISSSTE and you have to get them at special location which are very hard to get. Drugs are just cheaper becasue of price fixing of US pharmaceuticals and simple supply side economics. People up north (NY, NJ, etc...) go to Canada for drugs also.
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Short story... I broke my ankle a year ago, and I went to thomason and ASKED how much everything was going to be. They quoted me around $800 for x rays and emergency room use etc.. My deductible on my insurance is $250 in case of emergency. I decided to wait and went go to Juarez to Hospital Gernika, a private clinic near the old US Consulate. Everything was less than $100 dlls.
Exactly! This is what I have been referring to. It is a fact that people will go wherever they need to to find a better deal, whether it be Mexico or Canada. People in Mexico benefit because it helps their economy. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same for people who get medical care or attend schools and do not pay their taxes. It is not xenophobia, it is a fact. This is why medical care gets more and more expensive; it is to offset the losses who do not or cannot afford to pay.

So let's just bury the hatchet, Ok Jonathan and Realist?
Whatever

United States

#50 Nov 13, 2008
...to offset the losses COMING FROM THOSE who do not or cannot afford to pay. (Sorry, I was typing too fast..)
Jennifer

Fort Worth, TX

#51 Nov 13, 2008
I was so desperate that I went to Juarez to get a tooth pulled out and guess what they pulled the wrong tooth out. But thats what happens when theres no funds to help us out because they help the people from Juarez here. My cousin who bought his title (doctor) in Juarez amputated my aunts wrong leg. Gee!!!!!!!!!!
The Realist

United States

#52 Nov 13, 2008
Jimmy wrote:
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Wow that's great, I didn't know that you could do that. Don't you have a problem bringing your pets back over to the US? Do they need certificates of vaccines etc?
Just curious that's all!
It's easier for a dog to come across than it is for a human. All you need is their shots record.
The Realist

United States

#53 Nov 13, 2008
Jennifer wrote:
I was so desperate that I went to Juarez to get a tooth pulled out and guess what they pulled the wrong tooth out. But thats what happens when theres no funds to help us out because they help the people from Juarez here. My cousin who bought his title (doctor) in Juarez amputated my aunts wrong leg. Gee!!!!!!!!!!
I think idiocy just runs in your family. Unfortunately it can't be cured, even by doctors in Juarez.
Gaser

United States

#54 Nov 13, 2008
Jimmy wrote:
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Wow that's great, I didn't know that you could do that. Don't you have a problem bringing your pets back over to the US? Do they need certificates of vaccines etc?
Just curious that's all!
Dont believe him, They always get mad at me when I try and bring back canaries and parrots.
The Realist

United States

#55 Nov 13, 2008
Your supposed to bring those across under your underwear.
Love for Juarez

Dallas, TX

#56 Nov 13, 2008
I had pneumonia when I was 15 days old. Doctors in El Paso told my mother to give me Tylenol. She promptly took me to Juarez and they actually took care of me.
Also, a family member was diagnosed with cancer in Juarez, after months of useless emergency room hospital visits in El Paso where their ailments were dismissed as indigestion. Pepto was their cure.
I go to Juarez for doctor visits, for medicine, for my pets.
In my experience, I find that doctors in the US rely far too much on Tylenol and machines to treat people. And then they charge you thousands of dollars for it.
I'm sticking to Juarez.
The Realist

United States

#57 Nov 13, 2008
Obama the Arab wrote:
Well, this is so much B*S*!
We just got out son out of 9 days in the hospital. We were the only non-Mexicans on the floor.
Every person that came in asked about our insurance and residence, like we were going to change the information!
I must commend the doctor's they were professional. However, like the person we asked directions when we got off on the wrong floor, at radiology, when asked directions, he replied "No se". And yes he was in hospital scrubs.
Mexico needs to go back to Mexico!!! And stay there!
Dude, you can't even express yourself in English, no wonder they didn't understand you overthere.
E Peel

El Paso, TX

#59 Nov 13, 2008
i am self-employed and not insured

i found washington dental clinic in 1992 when they didn't have the beautiful air-conditioned vans. nor did they have drivers that spoke english -- but they certainly did have thet quality of service. and when i returned to el paso in 2005 after having left in 1994, the first thing i checked on was -- is the washington dental clinic still in business?

washington dental clinic ROCKS!!!!!!! the best care i've ever had in my life on either side of the border or even overseas. i've had numerous root canals and crowns and major dental work.

they provide incredible service. i am now going to look into medical care at the 20-hospital network refered to. thank heaven for mexico! it's incredibly sad-sad-sad to think that the usa is so far behind the times.
Sargeant Stedenko

El Paso, TX

#61 Nov 18, 2008
Jonathan wrote:
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Then get off your arse and get a better job. Stop blaming others for your laziness. Typical xenophobia.
I currently have 3 jobs. Maybe I can add one more..........like kicking your ignorant but.
Craig Olson

United States

#62 Nov 18, 2008
3 jobs? Loser!!! Working at Circle K, McDonald's and Burger King aren't real jobs. Get a real one joto.
Gunslinger 911

El Paso, TX

#63 Nov 18, 2008
E Peel wrote:
i am self-employed and not insured
i found washington dental clinic in 1992 when they didn't have the beautiful air-conditioned vans. nor did they have drivers that spoke english -- but they certainly did have thet quality of service. and when i returned to el paso in 2005 after having left in 1994, the first thing i checked on was -- is the washington dental clinic still in business?
washington dental clinic ROCKS!!!!!!! the best care i've ever had in my life on either side of the border or even overseas. i've had numerous root canals and crowns and major dental work.
they provide incredible service. i am now going to look into medical care at the 20-hospital network refered to. thank heaven for mexico! it's incredibly sad-sad-sad to think that the usa is so far behind the times.
O.K. Molacho
The Realist

United States

#64 Nov 19, 2008
Gunslinger 911 wrote:
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O.K. Molacho
Another quality contribution from our local rednecktrailer dweller. I see that you changed your number from 915 to 911. Asking for help now, eh?
Jose Can You See By The D

El Paso, TX

#65 Mar 14, 2013
Not anymore thanks to Obama...Thank you mister President from all americacas.

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