Lake Medical Group is a Health Management Organization. Registering with them is easy and free. Being registered means you are covered in Mexico! They even accept Medicare Advantage and Supplement Plans.
Being in a different country is a wonderful experience; but knowing what to expect in case of a medical emergency beforehand and having a helping hand through the process can set your mind at ease. Lake Medical Group may be your best option.
San Miguel Times had a chance to speak to Dr. Javier Ezquerra, their Business Developer, to understand better what this service provides.
Lake Medical Group has been established in Ajijic,Chapala, Jalisco (home of the biggest foreign community in Mexico, located near Guadalajara) for eight years. Now they are offering their services in San Miguel de Allende through Hospital MAC.
They are similar to an HMO in the United States, and one of the best advantages is that they accept and work with 350 plus different American and Canadian medical insurance plans
Registered Members do NOT pay Deductibles or Co-Insurance. A nominal co-pay fee is all you will ever pay: $100 pesos for a doctors appointment, $500 pesos for an ambulatory event, and $3,000 pesos (approx $160 USdlls.) for any event that requires more than 1 day hospitalization, no limits on duration nor how many operations.
The other wonderful thing is that you don’t have to pay any money out of pocket to the hospital… that will betaken care of by Lake Medical Group.
The medical facility that Lake Medical Group has an agreement with is Hospital MAC in San Miguel de Allende and its physicians, specialists, labs, pharmacy, diagnostic and lab facilities and general medical services.
All the doctors in the Lake Medical Group Provider Network adhere to the stringent AMA (American Medical Association) Standards of Care. Plus they have a degree of proficiency in the English language, for you to feel safe and at ease If a doctor is extremely well qualified,but is not as proficient in English, a translator will be provided.
The headquarters for Lake Medical Group is located in Jalisco, where most of their enrollment is from, but they have participating providers, hospitals and doctors, all over Mexico located in the main cities where most foreigners are concentrated. They also provide ground transportation to the nearest hospital if you find yourself in need of medical assistance while traveling through Mexico
Canadian citizens normally acquire an extension medical insurance that is in place for up to 180 days while traveling outside their country. So you can also ask Lake Medical Group your if your extended insurance works with them.
We encourage all the San Miguel Times readers to contact them at 01-800-681-9396 toll free from Mexico or from the USA call 1-888-449-7799. The local line in Lake Chapala, Jalisco is 376-766-0395
A bilingual operations manager is available 24-7 to answer questions you may have regarding if your current American or Canadian insurance is usable in México. The Spanish proverb reads: ‘Mejor prevenir que lamentar’ which means‘Better to prevent than lament’. During your stay here in San Miguel de Allende have some peace of mind by having this set in place, just in case, at no cost.
Miss Goreti Reyes, head of the Enrollment Department and her team will be happy to assist you from 9am to 5pm Mexico City time.
For more information visit the Lakeside Medical Group website
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