|Medical Help and Dental Visits|
|In case of a serious emergency, there is the IMSS hospital in La Crucecita on Boulevard Chahue across the street from the
Super Che. In addition the
highly regarded Naval Hospital down the street (near the Red Cross) will take visitors, and contains a decompression chamber for scuba diving emergencies. While it is a somewhat sore point
for Mexicans that they will only treat foreign tourists there, it is fortunate for tourists that they have made their facilities available to anyone outside the armed forces.
For the standard traveler's ailments and even mildly serious injuries, the Cruz Roja (Red Cross) in La Crucecita is an excellent facility for very
low priced medical care. They can handle stitches, and all manner of ailments. Private doctors in town are all over the place as far as cost, so the Cruz Roja is the best option if
you have some Spanish skills or someone to translate. Do not be surprised if a doctor gives you a list of supplies you need to purchase
from a pharmacy for your treatment beyond just your prescriptions. Few doctors can afford to keep much in the way of supplies on hand.
You're often expected to buy syringes from a pharmacy if you're getting shots, and
other supplies as well. There is a good, inexpensive doctor in La Crucecita who speaks English and will do house calls - |
Dr Javier deJesus Velasco, #310 Cocotillo, (958) 587 0246. He charges around $30 for a basic visit.
Some guests at the resorts at Tangolunda have received a nasty surprise when billed for treatment for simple things like traveler's diarrhea and the like by the onsite doctor. A pair of travelers in a Canadian group were once charged $550 during their week stay to basically have anti-diarrheal medication prescribed. If you need medical care, go into La Crucecita.
While my experience with dental work in Mexico has been quite good, if there's one things that visitors seem especially wary of it is trusting their mouths to Mexican dentists. The bias is irrational and based on absurd notions that all dentistry is practiced in Mexico on some backward village level with unsanitary facilities. While Huatulco doesn't have any facilities as gleamingly state-of-the-art as places like Ciudad Juarez, the care is still professional and a fraction of the cost of American dentistry. Sometimes the diagnoses are better, in fact. An American dentist told a friend of mine that his tooth was fractured and he would have to undergo a costly repair. A dentist in Huatulco, Dr Wilfreddy Marin, found no evidence of a fracture in his X-rays, replaced the old metal filling in the hurting tooth with a resin-based filling, and solved the problem. Most minor work like fillings, tooth removal, and the like will run between $40-70. Porcelain crowns generally run between $200-300, and root canals about $200. There is no dentist in town that does implants right now, though a specialist from Mexico City apparently comes in once a month just to do implants. Compared to the cost of dental work in the States, you can pay for an entire vacation through your savings on a root canal and crown. Two dentists in town are recommended -
Dr Wilfreddy Marin, with offices at Calle Flamboyan #206 in La Crucecita, between Bugambilia and Carrizal (adjacent to Il Giardino del Papa). I have used him and been quite happy with his work. He speaks enough English that communication is not a problem. (958) 587 0380
Dra Reyna Rangel Lopez (958) 583 4051. She speaks English and German and comes highly recommended by a number of expats in Huatulco I have talked to. Call her for directions to her office.