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Judy Newell of Perfect Journeys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Mega supermarket, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMost doctors in San Miguel de Allende speak English. There's a large enough population of English-speaking doctors in this area. There is an English-speaking cardiologist, optometrist, and an English-speaking doctor of almost every specialty. 
 
I speak Spanish, but somebody can get by and go to the doctor by themselves even if they don't speak any Spanish. 
 
Our family doctor is Dr. Roberto Maxwell. His parents were both Americans. He is a general practitioner and is the doctor for many people here in San Miguel de Allende. He refers his patients to specialists as needed.
 
There is a new 24-hour emergency clinic in San Miguel de Allende across the road from Mega Supermarket, which just opened within the past six months. It's very easy to find and very convenient. Their doctors and staff are all English-speaking. They accept all kinds of insurance. They have an ambulance service, 24-hour doctors, and all facilities and equipment needed for emergencies. 
 
In the big hospital over at Querétaro, many of the doctors are English-speaking. Querétaro is an hour away from San Miguel de Allende, which is the closest big city to San Miguel de Allende. My cardiologist in Guadalajara is also English-speaking.
 
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Greg Gunter of Dream Pro Homes – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
bilingual medical care in san miguel de allende – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingReaders, it will be helpful for you to know that at the demographic level of a doctor, most all doctors in San Miguel de Allende are bilingual, the only varying factor is how bilingual.  There is so much medical tourism here, however, that there are fluently bilingual Americans who work with residents and visitors in San Miguel to bridge any potential language barriers so you can avoid the need for this dictionary pictured here. The biggest language barrier is with the staff who answers the phone to take your appointment, many of whom are not bilingual.
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Gringo Guide to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIt’s very easy to find an English-speaking doctor in “Gringolandia,”  which is what this area in San Miguel de Allende is called because there are more Americans here than any other place in Mexico. I have an English-speaking dentist and an English-speaking gastrointestinal doctor.
 
For people who don’t speak any Spanish at all, it wouldn’t be difficult to find an English-speaking doctor in San Miguel de Allende that they can be comfortable with.
 
Also, there are a thousand people in San Miguel de Allende willing to suggest names of doctors and other people you may need. San Miguel de Allende is the friendliest place I’ve ever seen, and whatever you need, somebody’s got an answer or suggestion.  
 
(Gringo Guide to Living in San Miguel de Allende, pictured.)
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Hospital San Jose de Queretaro, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are English-speaking doctors in San Miguel de Allende. For example, I had to have some minor surgery, and the doctor I went to in San Miguel de Allende is Mexican but spoke English quite fluently. Obviously it was not his first language, so there was an accent there, but I had no difficulties understanding this doctor. I have also had a dentist in San Miguel de Allende for 4 years who speaks fluent English. He, too, is Mexican, and he referred me to a specialist for root canal in April, who also spoke English, although not as fluently as my general dentist. 
 
There was never a moment that I was uncomfortable because I wasn’t sure of what was going on. My primary care physician here in San Miguel de Allende has an English-sounding name, but that was his mother’s last name. He’s Mexican too, and also speaks fluent English. Even the most important doctor I dealt with here, the veterinarian for my dear cat, spoke English quite fluently. 
 
I don’t think that finding an English-speaking doctor would be a problem for anyone in San Miguel de Allende. The hospital here in San Miguel de Allende has been upgrading in the 6 years that I’ve lived here. They have very strict standards now, and they have a new CEO and a new medical director who, interestingly enough, is a Mexican woman who speaks fluent English, of course. This is the private hospital, and the Americans in San Miguel de Allende go to that hospital, so the majority of their caseload in that hospital is from English speakers. 
 
The medical director of the local hospital in San Miguel de Allende recently told me they now have 45 specialists on staff, so any medical issue you have can be taken care of right here in this hospital. Four years ago, it was necessary to go to Leon or Querétaro, but it no longer is.  
 
(Hospital San Jose de Queretaro, Mexico, pictured.)
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Corner in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are lots of English-speaking doctors in San Miguel de Allende. My dentist is Mexican but she speaks perfect English. I speak Spanish fluently so that’s not a problem to me, but if you’re looking for English-speaking doctors, you’ll find more than one. For example, we have an acupuncturist who is Mexican and speaks perfect English.  
 
(Pictured: corner in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.)
Ivy Del Pozzo of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The cafe at Los Labradores, outside of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where there is an assisted living facility, – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere 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.)
 
 
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View of the nearby mountains from a rooftop in San Miguel Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingSan Miguel de Allende sits on a mountain at 6,266 ft. above sea level. Anyone with a lung or heart condition may want to take that into consideration before moving here. Medications should be easy to find at the many farmacias (pharmacies) around the city.
 
There is a good clinic and general medical practitioner as well as specialists in town who for the most part will speak English. There are some small clinics and laboratories and two hospitals. The practice seems to be that first you go to the lab for blood work; the panel will cost under $4 US. You don't need an appointment to see the doctor at the clinic; just take your copy of the blood panel with you. I don't think it costs much more then 350 pesos; which is about $19 US. Prescription meds are a lot less than in the US, too. For a while I needed to use an inhaler and it cost less than $14 dollars. 
 
The doctor at the clinic here is well known among the expats. “Dr. Handsome” is what they call him, I think. He speaks very good English and is married to a Brit. When I first moved here, I caught a bronchial infection and went to the clinic. Dr. Handsome was on vacation, so I saw his father who is also a physician. He did all the things I would expect; took my blood pressure, temperature and listened to my lungs. He prescribed some meds and away it went. The name of the clinic escapes me, but it is easy to find; on Hidalgo just down the street from the Jardin between Mesones and Insurgentes, on the left.
 
I love my dentist; she is great! She speaks perfect English, has a super modern computer for x-rays and she does not go overboard with all the injections like dentists do in the States. A teeth cleaning runs about $20 US. I needed a filling removed and replaced with a composite and that ran about $45 US. Okay, how about teeth whitening? Sure, I went for that too… $108 US total for 3 sessions. She'll even make trays for you for $22 US and sell you a tube of whitening gel for about $13.
 
There are plenty of plastic surgeons in town. If you want to do some rejuvenation, “youth-ing” all that is available and high-end skin care without a prescription, too.
 
(View of the lower elevation beneath the hilltop town from San Miguel Allende, Mexico, pictured.)

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