In a recent post, I wrote that we personally know more than two dozen people who chose to move to this part of Mexico as a direct result of reading our blog. Well, this post is about two of them, Jim and Angela.
Jim and Angela moved to Mexico from the United States about three weeks ago. Neither of them speak Spanish but that hasn’t hindered them at all in getting things done here in Mexico. In fact, they seem so comfortable in their new surroundings that a casual passerby would probably think that they’ve lived here for years.
The other day, Linda and I met them for dinner to see how things were going with their transition to life as expats in Mexico. They both related that things were going very well with the exception of a recent incident where Jim’s dentures broke while he was eating dinner. They then told us the story of how they got them fixed.
Two questions that many would-be expats ask us are: 1) Is it difficult to get by without knowing Spanish? And, 2) Is there access to quality, affordable health/dental care?
Jim and Angela’s experience helps to answer both of these questions. Fortunately for our readers, they gave us permission to share their story on the blog.
A Tale of Two New Expats
As I mentioned earlier in the post, Jim’s dentures broke while we he was eating dinner at home. The next day, Angela did a quick Internet search and located a prosthodontist in Playa del Carmen, about 35 minutes away.
Angela called the office and the receptionist naturally answered in Spanish. When Angela asked if someone there spoke English, a dentist got on the phone and he spoke it fluently. He asked if Jim and Angela could be there in one hour and the two headed to his office.
When they arrived, they were impressed with both the facility and the staff. The dentist that they spoke to on the phone saw them right away and the dentures were repaired while they waited. It took about 20 minutes and cost $500 pesos, which is roughly $26 USD.
Jim said that the quality of the work was excellent and the total cost was less than his copay would have been if he’d had the dentures repaired in the U.S.
Let’s Wrap This
When my wife and I moved to Mexico in 2015, I had it in my head that the level of health/dental care wouldn’t be as good as it is in the United States. I think that as Americans, we’re conditioned to think this way. This is how we justify to ourselves that spending more money per capita on healthcare than any other country on the planet somehow makes sense.
When it comes to Mexico, I cannot say enough good things about the private healthcare system. We live in a country now where doctors (and dentists) will give you their personal cell phone number and tell you to contact them if you have any questions. They deliver outstanding care that retirees like us can actually afford.