Living: I love Mexican Doctors!
Going to the doctor in Mexico is simply a
delight. There are several reasons for my enchantment with
going to Mexican doctors. One is that I can afford it. The
best part, in fact, about going to the Mexican doctor is at
the end of the visit when you have to pay less than $15.00
for an office call.
By Doug Bower July 6, 2005
I am sick. I don't know what's wrong nor if what I have
has an official name. Maybe they call it, "Ah-ha-now-you-can't-breathe-well-and-feel-like-you-are-going-to-die
virus. I don't know. I will probably go to the doctor tomorrow
if I am not feeling better.
Going to the doctor in Mexico is simply a delight. There
are several reasons for my enchantment with going to Mexican
doctors. One is that I can afford it. The best part, in fact,
about going to the Mexican doctor is at the end of the visit
when you have to pay less than $15.00 for an office call.
This is what you will hear your American doctor telling you,
"That will be all for today. Now be sure to pay your
$150.00 DOLLAR office visit fee so you can help make the payment
on my brand-new SUV. Be sure to take a look at it on your
way back to your little rust bucket of a car. After all you
are paying for it!" You instead hear this from your Mexican
doctor, "That will be $150.00 PESOS (less than $15.00
USD). Oh thank you very much," the Mexican doctor tells
you, "you are very kind."
Reason number two why I love going to the Mexican doctors
is that, if you are a man, they do not ask you every single
time to drop your pants to have a look at that worrisome prostate
gland. If you aren't a man then you have no idea of how obsessive
the American medical community becomes about your prostate
gland after you reach a certain age!
After I hit 45-years old, each time I would go see the doctor,
any doctor, they would always want to know when the last time
I had my prostate gland looked at. I would go to the doctor
* A sore throat: "Oh, that red throat sure looks bad,"
the doctor would say, "but let's have a look at your
prostate while you are here."
* A cut finger requiring stitches: "There you go. That
last stitch went in perfectly. Now strip off all your clothes,
put on this gown, and I'll be right back."
* An asthma attack: "Oh, oh, oh my God! The lungs sound
fine but I think I hear something in your prostate gland.
Quick, let's have a look!"
* The neurologist slithers in: "I think we need to look
at your prostate." "But doctor," you protest
weakly, "I am here because my right leg has been numb
for three months." "Ah, yes. I think the prostate
may be causing it. Bend over this table and let's have a go
at it, shall we?"
American doctors will go to any means to get to have a look
at your prostate. It is as though they win some sweepstakes
for the most prostate glands they get to "have a look
at." I just don't know!
The third reason I love going to the Mexican doctor is that
they actually care about you. I am not making this up: They
will call you at home, because they worry about your condition.
If you are suppose to return to the doc for a follow-up visit
and are one day late they call you to see if you are ok or
what has happened to you. Can you even begin to fathom that?
When we came back from a Puerto Vallarta vacation, I contracted
a jungle related rash. Don't ask me how. I was not swinging
from disease carrying vines or rubbing up against something
I should not have been. I just caught this hideous rash. My
Guanajuato doctor was treating me. It was rather a severe
case and he got worried when I didn't return exactly on the
10th day he asked me to come back. So he called me up to see
how I was doing.
I love Mexican doctors!
STORY COURTESY OF http://www.americanchronicle.com
Doug Bower is a freelance writer and book author. His most
recent writing credits include The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The Houston Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Transitions
Abroad. He is a columnist with Cricketsoda.com and the Magic
City Morning Star. His newest book Mexican Living: Blogging
it from a Third World Country can now be seen at Mexican Living