There are lots of English-speaking doctors in San Miguel de Allende. I have a client who became a friend. He is 74 years old and his wife is 96 years old. I sold their house for them and found them another property right outside of town in a community that has small homes, big homes, an assisted living area, and a dementia area.
He is ill and in the hospital so I went to see him and he understands everything that his doctor is saying to him. But we have an organization that has been here for almost a year now that is called Medical Advocacy Group, which is a wonderful organization. There are three women involved in this group and they are nurse practitioners, which is almost like being a doctor, and they are bilingual. I called the Medical Advocacy Group to have them come for my friend because they not only assist you in any language situations but they will also oversee your medical treatment. They don’t come in and approach the doctors as if to ask, “What are you doing?” They come in because they want to understand what’s going on and make sure that the patient understands clearly what’s going on. Many people here are single and it is a wonderful service for them. There is an hourly fee for that. They will come in and cover a 2 or 3-hour analysis, where they talk to all the doctors, look at the situation, and get back to you or inform someone significant. For example, in my friend’s case, he has a housekeeper that is almost like family, and he has me. The Medical Advocacy Group are the only ones that really watch over them, to take the responsibility off of us and off of the patient being concerned if he is really getting proper medical treatment. That Medical Advocacy Group is a wonderful asset to our community.
We also have many doctors who speak English. We are a huge expat community and have been since the 1950s. One of the reasons why I chose to move here after the medical experience that I had in Chiapas was because San Miguel de Allende is pretty close to the border and if you have to be medevaced out you can do so although we have good doctors here that I feel very comfortable working with. We are building a new hospital right on the hills still inside of town. This hospital is the equivalent of a four-star hospital where we will be able to do open heart surgeries.
I just turned 65 years old so I had to decide what to do with my health insurance. I decided since I have Medicare in the States, to drop my international medical insurance because I felt comfortable enough with the ability to be stabilized by doctors here in San Miguel de Allende if I had to be medevaced out. I also feel comfortable enough with the fact that the stabilization procedure would not be too costly in comparison to not having additional insurance.
I also chose to purchase SKYMED insurance for less than $300usd a year, which will medivac me to the city of my choice in the US. Most medivac insurances are only to the “nearest” acceptable hospital for treatment.
Queretaro, which is about 45 minutes away from San Miguel de Allende by car, has amazing doctors, too. I just went for dental work there with doctors and I can’t even tell you how advanced they are with the work that they are doing.
(Pictured: The cafe at Los Labradores outside of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where there is an assisted living facility.)