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Old 12-14-2018, 03:50 PM
 
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Anybody in or around Alamogordo, Las Cruces, El Paso, etc, how are things such as glasses in Juarez? Other medical-related things as well.

I read some things online where some people say they go there for different medical things (dental was the one I remember, but I know there were other things). Experience tells me that people using it doesn't always mean it's good. Sometimes it's just a matter of being cheap enough. While cost is something I need to be concerned with, more important to me is quality.

Don't take that as an assumption by me that it means I suspect it's poor either. I don't suspect that any more than I suspect it's good. I simply don't know.

When I was stationed in Thailand I had 2 different problems that the Air Force people couldn't fix. They couldn't even do anything that improved things. When I got tired of them trying and failing, I went to a local doctor. In both cases he gave me a whole bunch of pills (take one every hour, take another every half hour, take these 3 every 15 minutes, take this one twice a day, etc). Both times just enough pills for 24 hours. Both times the problems went away and never came back after the pills were gone. I'm nearly 66 and still in excellent health, and apparently there was no detrimental affect. So I'm not afraid to go with something outside the US if it's suitable. But I'd like to have a reasonable expectation about quality rather than going in blind.

I don't think I'll use any of it except perhaps in isolated cases. But maybe I will for dental or glasses or something. So anything that you can offer will be much appreciated.
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Old 12-14-2018, 05:57 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Dental seems to be popular....

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Old 12-15-2018, 02:03 PM
 
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I've gotten glasses and dental work in Palomas. I don't think they are as good as what I'd get in the US, but they are "good for the money" and in the case of the dental work (crowns and bridges), I wouldn't have been able to get it done at all in the US. I got a crown and bridge for less than the price of a crown in the US. I'm perfectly happy with the crown but the bridge could be better. But its better than walking around with missing front teeth.



I've never been to Juarez and don't plan to go now that violence is on the rise again. There were a couple years where it was OK, but I missed that window.YMMV.
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Old 12-15-2018, 02:47 PM
 
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Yeah, I've read about the violence. But I plan on living in Alamo for good and the violence will likely wax and wane. If it really came down to it and I thought there was a real need, I could always head to points east for whatever I require. I don't expect I'll need much, but I always like to get everything I can sorted before a crisis, not after circumstances make me unlikely to think too straight.
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Old 12-18-2018, 01:35 PM
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Yeah, I've read about the violence. But I plan on living in Alamo for good and the violence will likely wax and wane. If it really came down to it and I thought there was a real need, I could always head to points east for whatever I require. I don't expect I'll need much, but I always like to get everything I can sorted before a crisis, not after circumstances make me unlikely to think too straight.
That's one of the wisest things I've ever seen posted on CD. I've lived it and I could not agree more.

I know a lot of people who go to Palomas for dental work and are happy. I would wonder if medical care at a decent hospital in Juarez (which I'm sure there are for the Mexicans with money) comes at as steep a discount.
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Old Today, 09:04 AM
 
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Yeah, I've read about the violence. But I plan on living in Alamo for good and the violence will likely wax and wane.
Keep reading. Other than a brief lull a couple years ago Juarez has been extremely and consistently violent for well over a decade and there's little reason to think that any waning will be significant or long-lived.

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Old Today, 09:12 AM
 
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You're probably right. But I was guessing that like most things it would eventually slack off because that sort of thing tends to keep people from going there, and there'd most likely be an effort to clean it up at some point. I still think that might happen down the road, but I might be misguided in how long it could take to get there.
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Old Today, 09:27 AM
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You can still go there, medical offices on a weekday morning would not be near the areas where gun battles are likely to take place. There is always the chance of getting caught in crossfire, of course. Not that it happens very often.

A lot of people, including hundreds (if not thousands) of US citizens cross the Juarez border both ways, everyday for work and school.
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Old Today, 02:20 PM
 
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You can still go there, medical offices on a weekday morning would not be near the areas where gun battles are likely to take place. There is always the chance of getting caught in crossfire, of course. Not that it happens very often.

A lot of people, including hundreds (if not thousands) of US citizens cross the Juarez border both ways, everyday for work and school.



Of course. But that doesnt change the fact that Juarez is on track to have the highest homicide rate in the world this year. I'm not sure why anyone would want to downplay that fact. Most people who don't have to cross, don't. if I didnt have to have my dental work done in MX out of financial necessity, I would definitely not go there to have it done. But to each their own.

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Old Today, 03:19 PM
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I went to Washington Dental Service in Juarez in 2014 for 5 tooth extractions and upper and lower partial dentures. The grand total was $600. My dentist at that time in Las Cruces would've charged me at least $5,000 for the same work. Google Washington Dental Service and get their phone number and call them up. I was given an anesthetic for the work and it was all carried out professionally. I would go back any time when I need more dental work. The process involves making your appointment on the phone first of all (of course) and then driving to the Sunland Park Mall in north El Paso. Park in the mall parking lot just south of Olive Garden and give Washington Dental Service a phone call to remind them you're there and you need a ride in their van.

Soon a Washington Dental Service van will arrive and a nice man will introduce himself and greet you. The ride to the border is fast because the Sunland Park Mall isn't very far from there. The border crossing is fast and easy. Washington Dental Service is right by the border and takes about 5 minutes tops to get there. Once inside you head to the receptionist and tell them who you are and that you have an appointment. There Coke's and cookies and TV to enjoy while you wait to be called back.

A medical assistant will guide you back to your room and make sure you're comfortable. Eventually your advisor will come in and talk to you about what you need, in detail. He will give you an idea how much it's going to cost, too. If he doesn't give you a good faith estimate, ask him for one. He'll give it to you as soon as possible.

The dental work matches anything I've ever had done in the U.S., and, believe me, I've had a lot of dental work. The work is done right the first time, and it's done in a timely manner. Once you're done the receptionist will call your name and invite you to come up to the front desk. There she'll tell you what's owed today, what you'll need in the way of a future appointment, etc. You can always grab a Coke and start the rotting process all over again, and feign ignorance if you want! Just kidding.

All in all, I left feeling grateful to them for giving me all that high quality dental work for such a low price, something I could never get in the U.S. Give them a call if you need dental work.

As for medical - there's a guy over on the Arizona boards who recently moved to Tucson from Las Vegas. He goes across the border all the time for medical - dental - med's for both, etc. He is the biggest proponent for Mexican medical/dental care I have ever seen. Here's an example. Have you heard of Albuterol for asthma? On the Mexican side you can score a 200-actuation canister of 90mcg Albuterol for a grand total of $2.00 American money. You won't need a doctor's prescription, either. How can you beat that ? I pay $40.00 a canister here for the same thing using my Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical insurance. My insurance is pretty good insurance, too. It's probably not the best but I think it's really good medical insurance. And that canister costs me $40, a full 20 times more than it costs in Mexico!

Hopefully this gives you something to think about as far as heading across the border for medical or dental work. Seek out more information about safety - I went 4 years ago - I asked the young Hispanic man who drove the Washington Dental Service van about safety of my trip over there. He said that at that time it was pretty safe, but not "3 or 4 years" earlier. It had to do with who was President of Mexico and what their view of border violence was. That's where my knowledge of what's current falls short, so please look in to it some more before you go. I think I would go now again if my teeth started hurting, I really do. The fact that they come and get you and escort you safely there to WDS, and drive you back means wonders to me. Yep - I'd head over there again. Oh, one more point. While researching the dental work in Mexico, I read that Mexican dentists rank #2 in the world for their work accumen. Guess who ranks first?

You guessed it - The U.S.

I look at it this way - it's just another perk of living here in Alamogordo, and, OP, you mentioned you're heading here to live. Dig it! That works out well for us, don't it? Spoken with a bit of an influence from listening to Robert Duvall speak in cowboy movies. Don't it? You will see the influence from our neighbors to the south and east of us, Texans. Oh, they love Ruidoso! A high percentage of those buying homes in the Ruidoso area are Texans. You'll see the familiar "star of Texas" logo on their address monikers and such.

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