Leaving the US and Moving to Mexico – Health Care Considerations

The 2016 US election results have left many Americans ready to pack their bags and move to Mexico. Trump as president-elect has many ready to make their dream of becoming expatriates in Mexico a reality.

If you are an American looking to leave the country and move to Mexico, one of the most important considerations is health care.

Here are a few important points:

  1. Health Care in Mexico operates very differently than in the US.

  2. Health Insurance in Mexico is more affordable than Obamacare / Affordable Care Act plan.

  3. Medicare doesn´t cover individuals outside of the US (Parts “A”, “B”, “D”).

  4. IMSS & Seguro Popular social medicine plans operate very differently than private health care.

When researching health care in Mexico, it is important to know the source of the information you receive. There are many American retirees and expats in Mexico who are eager to offer free advice. Bilingual / bicultural professionals are the best source for reliable facts. Finally, finding an insurance agent who not only speaks Spanish, but also has a clear understanding of how the medical systems work in the US and Mexico is key.