In Medical Insurance & Coverage in México, there were a lot of things that went into consideration in the planning stages of our move to México, which included healthcare for our family. More often than not, when one speaks about healthcare it is in reference to medical, dental and vision. For the purpose of this post, I will only speak to medical.
Personally, I recommend making sure you have adequate medical coverage wherever you are in the world. Whether that comes in the form of insurance, sufficient cash reserves or otherwise. Equally as important is to make sure you are aware of where to go in case you need to seek medical treatment. And that is what I will talk about a little further in this post. There’s a really useful mobile app called RadarCiSalud for just this purpose.
Who developed the app? The app is developed by/for the Mexican Department of Health (Secretaría de Salud) and is intended to be used by anyone that is living in or visiting México.
What exactly does the app do? The app is a geo-based directory of over 28,000 public and private medical facilities all across México including hospitals, clinics, red crosses, pharmacies, etc. Additionally, the app has a lot of great other features including being able to store medical information, directions to facilities, emergency phone numbers, etc.
Where can I get the app? It is available for both Apple and Android mobile devices and can be found in the Apple Store and Google Play, respectively. The information on the app is updated every 3 months so be to check back every once in a while for app updates, unless you already have automatic updates set-up.
When can I use the app? You can use the app so long as you have cellular data on your phone or have Wifi.
Why should I use the app? That should be quite self-explanatory. But at the risk of insulting anyone’s intelligence, it’s because you’re seeking medical treatment or services and trying to locate medical facilities in your local area 🙂
How do I use the app? I’ll describe what I believe are some of the more useful and beneficial features of the app even though there is some additional functionality beyond what I’m listing below. The app is in Spanish but it is quite intuitive and straight-forward to use. If all else fails, Google Translate is your friend 🙂
You can enter information including personal data (i.e., name, address, CURP, etc.) and medical data (i.e., organ donor, conditions, allergies, etc.). This might especially come in handy in a medical emergency where you need to convey information to medical personnel.
You can locate medical facilities based on your current location. By default, it will show you the 50 closest facilities within a roughly 25km radius from your location. You can further filter your results by parameters including type of facility (i.e., hospital), state, municipality, etc.
Augmented Virtual Reality
There is a really neat augmented reality feature which will allow you to see/locate medical facilities in real-time within a 5km radius of your current location.
Once you have located a medical facility, the app allows you to get directions (i.e., Google Maps, Waze, etc.) from your current location.
You’re in luck, the app is completely free!
We have lived in or visited quite a few places all over the country and this app has come in very handy. Whenever we’re in a new location, I always try and familiarize myself with what is available for medical facilities in case of an emergency or just for routine treatment. In conjunction with this, I also ask for personal recommendations for medical facilities with good track records. If you have medical insurance, be sure to know which hospitals in your area accept your insurance. The latter could make all the difference in preventing a lot of headache and frustration down the road. Last but not least, no matter where you are in the world, you should also have a plan for medical emergencies and routine treatment for you and your loved ones.