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Post by Flamingo on Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:12 am

We (dear husband and I) have tried three times to get an initial appointment at the Seguro Popular Clinic in Chapala. The first time we went fairly early in the morning and were told to come at 7:30 on Sat or Sun and ask for the English speaking doctor.

We went last Saturday and got there a little after 7:30, sat in line for 30 minutes and were told no more appointments, come back tomorrow.

This morning we got there at 6:45. There were 5 people there before us. We all went in and sat down when the building opened about 7:30. Lots more people had arrived by then. Some of the people were there to see the dentist and they went to a different desk. When the man at the reception desk finally started taking appointments, we went and got in line but were told no more appointments, come back tomorrow at 6 AM. I can't see that would do any good since most of the people in front of us were there for the dentist and we still didn't get an appointment. Husband is fairly fluent in Spanish but wasn't able to get any answers.

So, can we got to the STA Clinic instead, would the lines be shorter and if YES, where is the Clinic? All we really need is to get our books stamped for our first visit and see a doctor so we are in the system.

Thanks for your help
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Post by gringal on Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:15 am

There's gotta be a better way !
Anyone having that kind of experience with IMSS? Shocked

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Post by Twonk on Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:07 pm

Is this really the kind of health care you want to have? Imagine if you were actually sick at the moment how this would have been. Seguro Popular is one of those services where "you get what you pay for".

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Post by gringal on Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:40 pm

Twonk wrote:Is this really the kind of health care you want to have?  Imagine if you were actually sick at the moment how this would have been. Seguro Popular is one of those services where "you get what you pay for".

I've heard this theme so often that I feel a short rant coming on.  

To begin with, I doubt that this is the kind of health care the person who posted WANTS to have.  There are probably good reasons why they "chose" Seguro Popular.

Private health insurance is, of course, preferable to either of the public plans: Seguro Popular and IMSS. HOWEVER, and it's a big "however":  Many people simply can't get it.  Age, pre-existing conditions and, let's face it, COST all come into the equation, especially true for older people.  With any of those factors, there is little or no choice in what they do for health care.  At least, the poster HAS a health care service in place, unlike those who have a medical emergency and expect their friends and neighbors to hold a fundraiser for them.
 
I've also noticed that in many situations, you DON'T "get what you pay for." This can apply to anything from pretentious restaurants to womens purses. Rolling Eyes

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Post by solajijic on Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:02 pm

Friends, and there are increasingly many, who are adding SP to their private insurance plans (whether formal or informal) have explained to us that they create their own "overall health review" in which at their first meeting they outline what tests etc... they need and what medications in what quantities they need.  

They come out with referrals for Mammos, Paps, PSA, vision exams, all kinds of basic and specific bloodwork, xrays of knees and hips and lungs, colonoscopy referrals and 50% coupons, and cardiac referrals etc... etc... they also get the list of referral specialities.  It is surprising which local and Guad based physicians are on it.

They literally design their own healthcare overview.  Not all these tests are free and surprisingly there are options of levels of care.  They can do it free at place A, B or C labs or they can pay 25% at lab D, 50% at lab E, F and G.  They can go into Guad to Tolsco I think it is and get  50% off an MRI and other tests even if it is prescribed by another specialist.  Not a bad coupon to have in your back pocket.

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Post by gringal on Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:10 pm

.....sounds like some folks are getting way MORE they paid for! Very Happy

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Post by simpsca on Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:12 am

Flamingo I've heard that about Chapala from someone else. I think you can go to San Antonio clinic but not sure. Worth a try. It's down from Sunrise Restaurant in San Antonio - go down hill about 1 1/2 half blocks and it's on the left. A friend went there and didn't even have membership. Told him to come in and see a doctor. It think they have been less busy than. Chapala
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Post by suegarn on Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:40 am

Is there a Seguro Popular clinic at Seis Esquinas as well?

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Post by CHILLIN on Sat Aug 27, 2016 2:50 pm

So has anyone who is listed in Chapala gone to another Seguro Polular clinic and seen a Doctor?
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Post by simpsca on Sat Aug 27, 2016 5:47 pm

I have a friend registered in Chapala who went to the El Chante clinic.
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Post by Flamingo on Sat Aug 27, 2016 6:56 pm

Yes there is a clinic near Seis Esquinas.

We went to the SAT clinic and husband saw a doctor who spoke English. He says we still need to register with Chapala Clinic and then he can see us. I thought that was what we did when we paid Spencer's office and got our little books but apparently not. SOOO I guess back to the Chapala Clinic, not at 6:30 AM but later to see if we can just complete some paper work. <very big sigh>
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Post by CHILLIN on Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:14 pm

Flamingo

Did you have to go early in SAT and stand in line?

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Post by RVGRINGO on Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:25 pm

Flamingo wrote:Yes there is a clinic near Seis Esquinas.

We went to the SAT clinic and husband saw a doctor who spoke English. He says we still need to register with Chapala Clinic and then he can see us. I thought that was what we did when we paid Spencer's office and got our little books but apparently not. SOOO I guess back to the Chapala Clinic, not at 6:30 AM but later to see if we can just complete some paper work. <very big sigh>

As I understand it, you will have to visit the Chapala Clinic personally, in order to get things started, as suggested by the doctor in San Antonio Tlayacapan.

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Post by Flamingo on Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:59 pm

CHILLIN wrote:Flamingo

Did you have to go early in SAT and stand in line?

Thanks

We got there around quarter of eight. Much better than quarter of seven and still no appointment. I admit we were not as aggressive as I guess we should have been. Many people pushed in front of us so I guess we should have used our old touch football skills.
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Post by islandiver on Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:46 pm

Flamingo wrote:

We got there around quarter of eight. Much better than quarter of seven and still no appointment. I admit we were not as aggressive as I guess we should have been. Many people pushed in front of us so I guess we should have used our old touch football skills.

If you're healthy enough to get an appointment, you don't need one.

(Bye the way is a quarter of eight two?)

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Post by helohfe on Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:42 am

People pay a "line sitter" to go and line up before 6AM and get the appointment #'s and then give them to their customer when they arrive around 8AM..They were in and out with their papers in 30 minutes..Not fair but that is the system...

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