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Let's Be Prepared for our Travel to Mexico
Injuries and Accidents
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury among travelers in Mexico. Protect yourself from motor vehicle injuries. Avoid drinking and driving; wear your safety belt and place children in age-appropriate restraints in the back seat. Follow the local Mexican customs and laws regarding pedestrian safety and vehicle speed. Strictly obey the rules of the road and use helmets on bikes, motorcycles and motor bikes. Avoid boarding an overloaded bus or mini-bus. Where possible, hire a local driver. Never, under any case enter Mexico without a properly authorized Mexican Automobile Insurance Policy.
What If I Become Ill?
If an American citizen becomes seriously ill or injured in Mexico, an U. S. consular officer can assist in locating appropriate medical services and informing family or friends. If necessary, a consular officer can also assist in the transfer of funds from the United States.
A traveler going to Mexico with any preexisting medical problems should carry a letter from their attending physician, describing their medical condition and any required prescribed medications, including the generic name of those prescribed drugs. Any medications being carried outside the US should be left in their original containers and clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the Mexican Embassy to make sure that any of your required medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics.
Regarding medical services in Mexico, payment of hospital/clinic and other expenses is the responsibility of the traveler. Before going abroad, learn hat medical services your US Domestic health insurance policy will cover in Mexico. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identification cards as proof of such insurance and a claim form. You will also find most medical providers in Mexico will require payment for their services immediately, sometimes in cash. Although US Domestic health insurance companies will pay " reasonable and customary " hospital charges abroad, very few will pay for your healthcare services immediately to your foreign provider.
Without argument the most critical piece of missing coverage in many US Domestic healthcare plans is MEDICAL EVACUATION. In nearly every case, only a qualified International Travel Accident and Health Insurance plan can provide this type of unique coverage. And with evacuation by air ambulance at a cost of $20,000 plus, medical evacuation coverage is critical to you and your family’s health and ability to immediately access specialized domestic services.
I’m Over 65 - Medicare Covers Me Right?
THE U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY MEDICARE PROGRAM DOES NOT PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL COSTS OUTSIDE THE U.S.A.
Senior citizens should certainly review their policy for information about foreign healthcare coverage that may be contained in their Medicare Supplement Plan. If you’re not sure, purchase an International Travel Accident and Health Insurance plan for you and your partner’s peace of mind.
I Need Help – Whom Do I Contact?
Citizens Consular Services - General Information
For after-hour emergencies, please call the same number and ask the switchboard operator to connect you to the duty officer.
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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