Published On: Wed, Aug 18th, 2021

San Miguel Expat says Mexican healthcare saved him from cancer

The man has used his experience to create videos explaining how the healthcare system works.

The owner of the YouTube channel “Retired Life in Mexico No Bull,” who goes online by the pseudonym Sirdragonx, says Mexican healthcare saved him from cancer.

A U.S. man who suffered from cancer has lauded his experiences with private Mexican healthcare providers and said that they saved his life. Better still, he said his U.S. insurance provider covered the entire cost.

He has also turned his experience into an opportunity to explain to other expats how healthcare operates in Mexico in a series of three videos, two of which are available on YouTube.

On the YouTube channel Retired Life in Mexico NO BULL, the presenter, who says he formerly worked as a U.S. diplomat in Brazil, explained that he found a lump on his neck in May 2019 while he was planning a move to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, but was still living in the United States.

After four weeks of medical appointments and billing insurance companies US $3,000, the all-important MRI scan was still proving evasive.

He felt unsatisfied with the care he was receiving in the U.S. and so traveled to the Hospital Zambrano Hellion in Monterrey to visit an ear, nose, and throat doctor. He was sent straight to an imaging lab for an MRI which cost US $270 rather than the thousands of dollars it would have cost in the U.S.

On review, the doctor said it was a cyst rather than cancer. However, during extensive surgery,  lymph nodes were discovered which turned out to be cancerous. The doctor sent him to an oncologist, who recommended radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The patient considered returning to Houston for treatment but was informed that a hospital in Monterrey had exactly the same equipment.

He underwent the treatment, which he describes tearfully in the video. His U.S. insurance company, Aetna, paid for all of the costs accrued in the whole course of investigation and treatment: $25,000 in addition to $2,500 out-of-pocket expenses.

Source: MND

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