Mexico is not all about tacos, margaritas, salsa, tequila, sunshine and sunsets, inexpensive living, sombreros and mariachi bands.

Living in Mexico is also about health care and where do we go for it when we need it. We have all heard about difficulties ex-patriates have had in getting quality health care when in the land of the Aztecs and Mayans. Often a language barrier prevails for those of Anglo descent.

At a time of a major medical crisis is it as simple as going to the yellow pages or the Internet in Phoenix, Calgary, Buffalo or Toronto to get to an English speaking health care provider. Not that acceptable medical care or better is unavailable in Mexico, it is, but what if your preferred health care providers are in your hometown USA or Canada? What if you want the comfort of your Medicare medical professionals or your provincial healthcare plan in Canada? American Medicare may reimburse you for a small amount of emergency care to stabilize you but does not pay for hospitalization in or evacuation from a foreign country. The Canadian health care plans pay a pittance although out-of-province insurance can be counted upon, but in many if not most cases it is the traveler’s responsibility to pays all charges and then submit them for recovery payment.

If the illness or injury is a critical one it may well be your hometown option is best for you and your loved ones. To be repatriated to those hometown providers thousands of miles from where you are spending your time in Mexico is very costly. Especially if a flight by medically equipped jet is required. This can run into tens of thousands of dollars. More important is the air ambulance provider wants to be paid up front, in other words, cash in advance.

A very affordable answer can be a prepaid inexpensive travel membership service like 20 year old SkyMed International Inc,

As Maralyne Hoenes, Kalamazoo, Michigan said after suffering a critical illness in Cancun, Mexico, “If it weren’t for SkyMed I would not be alive today.” SkyMed repatriated Mr. and Mrs. Hoenes to their hometown.