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Old 08-28-2009, 09:01 AM
Location: Brigham, UT and Pflugerville, TX
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Originally Posted by redjed76 View Post
Any tips to save money?

Thank ye.
To leave comfortable! If you paid maid or somebody else to help you, 50$/mo extra.
try to live in rural areas, life is more tranquil there and people more friendly. Good areas in mexico are described here:
Redescubriendo Horizontes: Mexico
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:39 AM
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How much does one pay a maid who will be house cleaning, washing & ironing and cooking?
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:38 PM
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Steve, why not get into the Mexican SS system. I heard a show on the radio about a man who joined after 6 mo. in Mexico and his annual payment to join the health care system there was $117. Does Rosarito have a good hospital nearby?

Also, do Americans, especially ones who obviously have money (1M residence) have to worry about being kidnapped? I've heard Mexico is No. 1 in the world or near it for ransom kidnappings.
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Old 09-24-2009, 05:34 PM
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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To answer a couple questions with my limited knowledge.

The Mexican SS or Medical care is limited to Mexican Nationals with a National ID card.

A friend here tried to get me to pay a small yearly fee to Cruz Roja (Red Cross) in Mexico that would have a ambulance take me to the nearest hospital (Rosarito) or to the US border...I declined it.

A small new Hospital was built in Rosarito but I prefer going across the border to the VA Hospital in San Diego. All I need is a drive yourself or a ride to the border and can get a ambulance to take me the rest of the way if a need may be. I'm only 29 miles from the border.

Inland would be a different case...especially for those in Central Mexico or the far south. Air ambulance would be EXPENSIVE. Personally I would love to live in Vera Cruz or Cabo or Cuernavaca but have to consider my limited Spanish and my medicasl needs at my advaced age and yrs left.

While married to a Mexican National...she said that I would be covered as a spouse being she was a Govmt employee at the time.

Kidnapping? Possible it has happened but never reported to the public news people.

From what I've read on TV news...it has been to well to do Mexicans and not so much Americans.

Recent case was a Mexican TJ multi business owner who had a residence in San Diego that had a family member kidnapped in TJ for ransom.

Most of the people I know of here are not WEALTHY Americans but avg retired people living on SS or US military retirees on pensions.

There is bound to be some other forms of Medical Insurance out there but I'm not privy to them.

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Old 09-24-2009, 07:12 PM
Location: Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Steve and others ~~ foreigners can purchase IMSS health insurance.

Here is the google hits page for that subject.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Bixaorellana View Post
Steve and others ~~ foreigners can purchase IMSS health insurance.
With this information at hand, we recommend that individuals or families living in Mexico purchase an affordable, Mexican private health plan.
I wonder if the Mexican citizens run into the same problem there as Americans do here--refusal by health insurance co's to pay claims and cancelling policies the second a claim is put in?

A front line story of one such American who fled to Mexico for the health care:


Reads the comments section below the article. One person says:

I've lived in Mexico for more than 15 years and used their health care system frequently.

Every word in the USA TODAY article is the truth.

The doctors in Mexico seem to have this quaint goal of diagnosing and curing your health problem instead of wasting time with expensive and unnecessary tests.

My wife and kids use the Cruz Roja (Red Cross) hospital system for typical ailments. $60 pesos (about $6.00) to see a General Practioner, and $90 pesos ($9.00) for a specialist.

The difference? The doctors don’t need expensive malpractice insurance. They screw up and it is their fault, it is a criminal matter and they lose their licenses and do some prison time.

Another thing, medical services are not consolidated within a doctors office. For example, the primary care doctor determines you need lab work, you’re sent to an offsite laboratory for the workup (providing you’re using a private doctor) X-Ray, sonogram, that’s another lab. You go, you pay and take the results back to the PC Doctor.

If you are prescribed an injection, the doctor prescribes it, your go to the pharmacy and buy the solution, including the hypodermic needle, and either have a family member inject you. or you can return to the doctor, or the Red Cross and pay a nurse $20 pesos to do the injection ($2.00)

It’s a system that works and works well.

Last edited by thrillobyte; 09-24-2009 at 07:30 PM.. Reason: addition of links.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:46 PM
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My GF and I are retiring in Baja, Mexico near San Felipe. We have been here approximately two months. We live in a 1250 square foot LUXURY Condo overlooking the Sea of Cortez on a championship 7,250 yard golf course in a gated community . Rent? $600 US a month or about 7,200 Pesos. Food costs? Chicken Breasts about 75 US CENTS a pound, legs etc, 50 CENTS! Most Fruits and Vegetables, less than $1.00 US. Most liqueur, 1/2 what brands in US are, just by Mexican "Brands" (not necessarily from Mexico). Gas? Government regulated at about 10% less than US, or 15% less than California. (currently we are paying about $2.80 US a gallon).
Total cost of living per month for TWO living together? Well, we go out most nights to eat and party but hope to start drinking less and cooking at home more....soon....lol. But, without that constraint, we're spending about $2,000 US ($1000 each) a month. If we ever start cooking at home more than twice a week and cut down on going to the local "Hot Spot" bars four or five nights a week ..... I'm sure THE TWO OF US could EASILY live on $1,700!
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:32 PM
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
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I do not have anything against retired senior, but they should learn spanish, as mexican should learn it in the USA.

To learn a foreign language is not an easy task, and more for old people than young...brain issues

In Mexico City theres not too much retired american, life here is as in any metropoly of the world.

I have some cousins at San Miguel Allende and theres a lot of old american citizens. I think thay pass it well.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:28 PM
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Default steve

Can you still help with advice? I live in Texas and want to live in a tempered climate. Although I am only 35 I would like your advise on Mexico living.

Last edited by Poncho_NM; 12-09-2012 at 11:21 PM.. Reason: Fixed spelling
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:23 AM
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Bugsmack................name sounds like a VW freak like me.

PM me for off info dialogue etc. Steve
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