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Any advice on what to do and where to go in case of serious medical problems? Not worried about Montezuma's Revenge, and we do have medical insurance, but still need to know where to go in Oaxaca if suddenly required -- heart problems, etc. Do ambulances have well trained staff, and are good hospitals available? Also in Puerto Escondido and Huatulco. Thanks for any info, advice, and past experiences.

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The issue with ambulances in Oaxaca is getting to your home or hotel if there are strikes, blockades and / or protests blocking the roads. Otherwise drivers and workers do get extensive training on emergency procedures. There are several good private hospitals in Oaxaca, such as Carmen, Reforma and Molino. Insurance and public hospitals have the issue of wait time and a lesser level of cleanliness, but their equipment is more extensive than in public or insurance hospitals.

Here are a couple of articles which might be helpful:




The content of the articles is based primarily on personal experiences, and to a lesser extent experiences of friends, guests and relatives. Accessibility to quality efficient healthcare in Oaxaca appears to have improved over the past 20 years, but the issue remains the quality of medical education in the state. Those doctors who have had specialzed, or any training in larger Mexican cities for further abroad are often encountered in the private hospitals and clinics.

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If you have a specific problem, I'd wear a medic alert bracelet in Spanish and English.

If you don't have a specific problem but just worry a lot, stay home.

I had a lot of experience with ambulances and emergency rooms in the U.S., less here, but it doesn't appear that the level of equipment in ambulances here is not the same as in the U.S.

Me, I'm old but I don't worry a lot.

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In Oaxaca I attend the "Clinica Hosiptal del Pueblo "Anna seethaler' A.C", which I have found to have great service, very kind staff and extremely clean. From what I understand, it's nonprofit organization that was started about 10 years ago to serve those who cannot access or afford healthcare. However, they also provide services to anyone who'd like to access them at a very reasonable price. They have excellent dental care, hospitalization, a large variety of specialists, a pharmacy, prenatal classes, a reading glasses store and more. I highly recommend checking them out when in need, and the part that I really felt good about was helping support the work they do by accessing their excellent medical services. A great experience overall.

The clinica is located in the colonia "San Martín Mexicapan", about 10 minutes by bus from the zocalo and even quicker in taxi. I think they may have facebook page now if you prefer that medium, and here's their website where you can find their address: http://www.clinicadelpueblo.org.mx/

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