Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Go South Old Man!

From the every informative USA Today

"It sounds almost too good to be true: a health care plan with no limits, no deductibles, free medicines, tests, X-rays, eyeglasses, even dental work — all for a flat fee of $250 or less a year.

To get it, you just have to move to Mexico.

As the United States debates an overhaul of its health care system, thousands of American retirees in Mexico have quietly found a solution of their own, signing up for the health care plan run by the Mexican Social Security Institute."

There's gotta be a catch, right? Right!

The system has flaws, the facilities aren't cutting-edge, and the deal may not last long because the Mexican government said in a recent report that it is "notorious" for losing money. But for now, retirees say they're getting a bargain.

and

The IMSS plan is primarily designed to support Mexican taxpayers who have been paying into the system for decades, and officials say they don't want to be overrun by bargain-hunting foreigners.

Oh.

Well, for the time being at least, I think our most cost effective form of health care reform is mandatory Spanish lessons for the elderly!!

Or, as Mrs. Angus put it, health care runs downhill. Canadians come here, we go to Mexico, Mexicans go to ..........??




4 comments:

Anonymous said...

"...the Mexican government said in a recent report that it is 'notorious' for losing money."

Ha! How strange but honorable to admit such a shortcoming.

Jon said...

There's no honour in pointing out your predecessors failing programs.

I believe the UniHeaCare in Mexico was instituted by the PRI.

Tom said...

"...the facilities aren't cutting-edge" ?! Compared to what? I'm sure that the level of care would compare favorably with 1960s U.S. care. Even here, that level of care (if you can find it) will be very cheap. And here is, maybe, the solution to the expense of universal coverage: let GovCo pay for all the care that 50 year old technology can provide! (Don't worry - this, too, improves with time.)

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