Q. What papers do I need?
A. A passport and a temporary residency card for the resident is all that is required to get into Mexico. If an assistant is needed to get the resident to Lakeside Care, they can get a tourist card at the border or airport.
Q. How close are you to the nearest airport?
A. Guadalajara International Airport is about an hour away. We can also arrange pick-up including for ambulance pick-up if needed.
Q. What costs will I have other that my stay?
A. Your extra costs are doctors, special medical equipment, medicine and hygiene supplies. (Our doctors still make house calls.) We provide everything else including all meals, snacks, house cleaning,laundry, etc..
Q. How can we know if our loved one is safe from getting a serious communicable disease from other guests?
A. Unlike regular hospitals where sick patients are constantly coming and going, our guests and staff are, for the most part, permanent. Nothing is completely preventable in a communal environment. But there is a much lower chance compared to hospitals or high density communities for guests to come into contact with pathogens. We use hygienic protocols to keep pathogens as low as possible.
Q. Medicare will not cover any costs because it is in Mexico correct?
A. That is correct. Medicare does not cover any costs incurred in Mexico.
The cost of living in an assisted living facility is not covered by either Medicare in the USA or Canada’s public health care system. Assisted living facility costs in both countries is often more than double the combined cost of a Mexican assisted living facility and a private medical care plan combination.
As stated before, Mexico’s public health care is available to expat residents of our facility free of charge.
Q. Are we just to stop paying our American health care bills when our loved one goes to Mexico? Do we tell the current health care insurance companies that our loved one is now in Mexico? By not stating so are we going to get in trouble with the health care people.
A. US insurance coverage that does not provide coverage in Mexico should be cancelled. The Veterans medical plan, for example, is an exception that offers out-of-country coverage. Check carefully with your individual plan coverage to see if cancellation is best for your situation.
Q. If a person is very ill shouldn’t the person simply come back to the USA and get his Medicare/ or private doctor care rather than stay in Mexico?
A. Most of our guests are better off staying in Mexico for various reasons. Once a guest moves to Mexico and becomes very ill or aged, they are in no condition to be relocating back to the USA.
If the guest and family has done their research well, they have arranged for medical needs to be meet through in-house Lakeside Care services combined with the extended services provided by Mexican public and/or¬ private providers. This arrangement will vary from guest to guest depending on what their needs and budget dictates.
Q. Is there an emergency fund available to send the guest back ASAP to the States if necessary?
A. Insurance providers in Mexico offer such coverage as an option. We at Lakeside Care do not provide this service, nor do we recommend it.
Q. How much more is the hospice care?
A. Hospice care is an integral part of what Lakeside Care does. There is no extra charge over the normal monthly fee. Please note however, that doctors visits, a 24 hour nurse attendee, and medicine are charged extra to the monthly fee.
Q. We really do not understand the Mexican Insurance coverage. How good is it if my loved one needs a serious operation? How will we still have to pay if it very expensive?
A. Private medical insurance is about the same cost as subsidized American coverage, but with much lower deductibles then that available in the USA. This coverage allows you access to world-class private hospitals in Guadalajara, only one hour away. Be aware of age restrictions on most of these policies.
The state health insurance plan is free and eligible to all residents of Mexico, regardless of age or nationality. Once a guest has obtained a residency visa, they are eligible to apply for free health coverage. Although it is free, the system is under financial strain to meet the needs of the people. You should expect to pay for some supplies and medicines that may be in short supply through the system.
Most doctors in Mexico are very well trained, many receiving their degrees in the United States and speak English well.
‘Very expensive’ is a relative term depending on where your coming from. Canada covers for ‘free’ all serious operations, so any cost at all that they may charge in Mexico is more expensive. The advantage in Mexico over Canada is that there are no waiting lists for procedures or doctors when on a paid plan. United States is very expensive to what you would expect to pay in Mexico once the deductible is considered. Even private hospitals in Mexico are much cheaper than medical care in the United States with or without private insurance.
We suggest that everyone research this topic for themselves as it relates to their; or their loved ones; particular needs.
Q. How much to be cremated?
A. We use a local service provider that charges $750 to $950 USD.
Q. Can a person stay for three months like a trial bases?
A. Yes, first and last month’s admittance fee in advance are required.
Q. Is Mexico dangerous?
A. Yes, some places in Mexico are dangerous. So are some places in the U. S. and Canada…our lifestyle has not changed here in 12 years. We are in a secure compound with security cameras. Come visit.
Q. How will I know how my mother is doing?
A. We send pictures on a regular basis. Internet service provides telephone and webcam service via Skype.
Q. Can a person go visit for just a few days and check everything out…How much?
A. Yes, our fee is 800 pesos per night, your stay depends on availability of a room.