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“How To” for Travelers’ Sickness | Mexico Pharmacies

Medical System Guanajuato MexicoBoth of us, at different times, have needed to get prescription pills in Mexico. For example, I ate some bad meat during our first dinner in Oaxaca and needed some antibiotics (Cipro).

We’ve been very impressed by the accessibility of the Mexican healthcare system for minor illnesses and infections. It takes less than 30 minutes to get checked out by a doctor, receive prescriptions, and buy your pills. And that includes the time it takes to walk back and forth from your hotel to the doctors office/pharmacy.

Basically, almost all pharmacies have a doctor’s office right next door. You just walk into the doctor’s office and pay 30 pesos ($2.40) for a consultation. (We’ve never waited more than 5 minutes to see the doctor.) After being checked out, you walk next door to the pharmacy with your prescription and buy your pills, which are also extremely cheap.

The total, out-of-pocket, medical cost for when I got a bacterial infection was around $16. I wish it was this fast and cheap in the US.


2 Responses to “How To” for Travelers’ Sickness | Mexico Pharmacies
  1. Nancy
    March 9, 2013 | 5:18 pm

    so what’s the cure for Jim’s case of Montezuma’s revenge (4 days in) post Puerto Morelos, QR, MX? God save us all.

    • fbaker
      March 9, 2013 | 9:32 pm

      Oh my. Tell Jim to give up the cow brain tacos. I hope he feels better soon!

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