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  1. bontepar said: Have some foresight, Get IMSS when you are healthy, like I did, and you will not have any problems, It's apparent you don't KNOW Mexico. Do you really think it's that easy for many Mexicans to pay for IMSS? Do you understand that IMSS requires the entire family to be registered, each at a cost per person depending on age, and perhaps that is more than the family can afford? Do you understand that if a worker is registered in his employment, monthly payments come off their paycheck end the employer pays the premiums, but if a private family registers they have to pay annually like we do and that can be WAY out of their budget? ( In this case the family has IMSS but as Jackie says, there are still many outside costs involved) Do you know that SP requires payment for many medications AND many services if outside the ordinary range of circumstances, so while it is "free" and provides for essentials, it is not "free" in the sense you intimate. A Mexican friend recently needed surgery to repair severe knee injury and was quoted $4,000 pesos over and above the "free" part of SP even though he was a member! So I'm sorry bontepar, but your arrogant attitude towards this situation is unwarranted and does not bode well for your integration into Mexico.
    9 points
  2. Ladies and Gentlemen - The purpose of this post was to ask for help for a Mexican family, without posting a whole lot of personal information about the situation. As a FYI the person is in an IMMS hospital. However , there are always expenses involved for families when a person is ill, is hospitalized and needing surgery, with needed follow up aftercare and those associated expenses.. Alan, thank you for the specific coverage information. Bontepar, I am happy for your wonderful foresight and financial situation to take advantage of the Mexican health care system to take care of your health needs. Not all Mexican Nationals are as fortunate as you financially . Reading the post, your options were to help or not help or by pass the posting, and avoid a back and forth [ snarky ] exchange about who is right or wrong about the health care system, which ultimately dilutes the purpose of the initial post., . . Help if you like, or ………………...
    9 points
  3. Not only is Jonny in trouble but looks like he can't read either.
    6 points
  4. This is a really complex question. Of course there is street food everywhere in Mexico--but sold by foreigners? I've never seen that, anywhere. IMHO, it would be far more practical to have a cart built to your specifications here, rather than bring it here with you. The complications of bringing one could be enormous. You are required to have a work permit in order to earn money in Mexico Work permits (not cheap) are available to people with either a Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente visa, but not to anyone with a tourist card (the 180-day or less permission to enter Mexico as a visitor). It is possible to apply for a work permit to be self-employed, but you'll need to ask at your Mexican consulate to find out the ins and outs of that, and if the rules apply to this kind of work. Then there is the question of licensing a cart--here's some information in Spanish about how to go about that in Mexico. Note that in the information linked here, you will only see rules for Mexican citizens--you may not be eligible at all. https://www.gob.mx/tramites/ficha/permiso-transitorio-para-comercio-ambulante/SEMARNAT39 If your intent is to continue to sell hot dogs, brats, and lobster rolls, you need to consider where you might find what you need to prepare them. Hot dogs here are not what you are used to in Colorado, brats are not made here and are very difficult to find, and Maine lobster is all but nonexistent. Even the bread for a lobster roll will be extremely difficult to find here--our bread is different from the bread in the USA. Maybe you bake your own--I see that bread making is one of your interests. Have you ever been to Lake Chapala, or elsewhere in Mexico where you might have thought about settling? If not, you definitely want to come spend some time here to see how life is, before you make a plan to move here. Life is not the same here as it is in the USA. You need to investigate whether you will be eligible for a Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente visa. There are income requirements you must meet in order to apply for those. Visit the Mexican consulate nearest you to get some solid information.
    5 points
  5. Johnny, looks like you still can't read. Its not that Ilox can't do more installs...Its that most of the prepaids have left town and are no where to be found to continue with their installs. Ilox put in all the investment in central Ajijic. If they can't install a prepaid, they are faced with stranding that investment. So they're installing others to utilize that investment, then they'll move on to the others. No, they really didn't get it that the community here was that seasonal...So they're making the best of it. They have to manage their business prudently. What a huge disservice you are doing to this community by implying that this is some kind of negligence or incompetence. Why don't you read the communications carefully and correct yourself. .
    5 points
  6. I guess nobody read the posters last paragraph
    4 points
  7. Lake reporter claims Ajijic delegado too busy campaining to fix skate park. The truth is Juan Ramon had to resign his position in order to be able to run for his position. Any action on his part during the 4 day campaign would be seen as illegal campaigning . Juan Ramon several months ago asked Chapala to fill in the skatepark bowl and cement over it and put another type skate trick for the kids. He is totally dependent on Chapala to get the job done. And as for the junk cars, he has sent letters to offenders and gone door to door to get them voluntarily removed. To get them towed, he has to rely on Transito officers to get it done.
    3 points
  8. My neighbor and I prepaid, we are Ajijic Centro according to Ilox, and neither of us have heard from the company. I did check with the office last week and was told about 3 weeks. I did get the feeling that the young lady in the office was just telling me something that might keep me happy and make me go away!
    2 points
  9. bontepar, since you don't want to help this family, why do you continue to post comments? People that actually want to help don't need your input.
    2 points
  10. Ilox installed our connection a couple of weeks ago. They called from the office a couple of days before to make sure we would be available. On the morning of our installation the technician called about 30 minutes before the appointed time to be sure we were home and to confirm our address. They showed up on time and completed the installation quickly and professionally. They tested the installation with their equipment and asked me to check things out on my connected computer. Among other things I did a speed test. Very professional all the way around. Very nice young men doing the installation and I am 100% satisfied with the process and the results. If they can't reach someone waiting for installation not much they can do.
    2 points
  11. You might also want to consider the reaction to your attempted competition in the local scene......"local solutions" are effective and generally swift. I would not dare to try what you suggest in most areas, even if I thought I could handle working 10 to 10 on the street. Then, there would be the problem of logistics; where to drop the wagon, and where to put the tow vehicle. Most of Mexico was not designed for vehicles, and definitely not for parking them.
    2 points
  12. I have reached the point that I no longer answer the phone if I don't recognize the number. If someone really needs to be in touch, they will leave a message.
    2 points
  13. I certainly did and see no reason for anyone going to a private hospital they cannot afford when SP is available to them 45 miles away.
    2 points
  14. Have some foresight, Get IMSS when you are healthy, like I did, and you will not have any problems, I had surgery, and....many treatments, all first class and VERY reasonable annual fixed cost the problem is that most Americans do not understand government run health care, if it is Social it is NOT GOOD!!!
    2 points
  15. SP is NOT free and in fact, does not cover all illnesses. Many tests like MRIs must be paid out of pocket before surgery. There is a shortage of drugs used to treat many illnesses and must also be bought on the economy. Kyle is correct that paying for treatment is out of reach for many Nationals.
    2 points
  16. Seguro Popular it is for free and IMSS it is very resonable
    2 points
  17. For those who are interested, here's a site to to pay for your cellphone, telephone and CFE bills and other services. https://undostres.com.mx/?gclid=CjwKCAjwy7vlBRACEiwAZvdx9kO0182nrBflyHFkijeH1doHkfebxGMY8F0wzJZb0JqzXgLHB1SJNxoC_GoQAvD_BwE They don't seem to charge a commission for Telcel payments. Our CFE bill is 46p (we have solar) and they charge a 6p commission. I don't know if higher bills are charged higher commissions. We don't have Telmex so I don't know if they charge a commission for that service. They link to PayPal and credit cards.
    1 point
  18. Got a call today from one of the "hey do you remember me?" scammers. I told him to f..k off. Number recorded on my phone is 998 395 7729. Beware!
    1 point
  19. Several of you may know of, or have used the services of the small appliance / TV repair shop in SJC. This is a long established three generation family shop, and it is the son Jesus, whose wife is hospitalized and in need of urgent surgery. As we all know medical - hospital expenses and after-care are expensive and have to be paid out of pocket. Several local people have started a collection to help this family in need. If you would like to help, please send me a PM, and I can direct you to the person organizing this effort. You can also stop by the shop and offer a donation , etc.. Your kindness and help is appreciated ! This matter is serious, and I ask that people be respectful by making posting that are helpful and not frivolous, as sometimes happens with other posts.
    1 point
  20. When I heard comments like that I think back to what my wife had told me when she was in her 20's and working here in Guadalajara. One day, she had to ask people on the street for bus fare. She was so embarrassed. Sometimes, you never know.
    1 point
  21. Don,t you be worrying about Canada. They have lots of room, and lots of jobs-it you have any skills at all. I always remember a photo of a so called success immigrant story for a man who had immigrated from equatorial Africa to Quebec. His skill was that he spoke both French and English, he got a job as a doorman for a fancy hotel. He tried to smile, looking magnificent in his brass buttoned uniform and hat. But you could see the terror in his eyes as the first breath of an arctic winter peeked over the hill.
    1 point
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  23. Maybe you should start grading our posts. I know mine are F- HAHAHAHAHA
    1 point
  24. You're getting way too personal, as usual. It would be extremely helpful, on this forum, if you actually had something that was of help... to someone, anyone. Buhbye little insecure man.
    1 point
  25. You should learn to sew. I can do all things female and most things male. Most of all I use my brain.
    1 point
  26. You really ought to do some research before you post. https://www.iloxtelecom.com/ iLox is doing us a FAVOR by coming here and Tom Kessler, who lives here, helped to convince them.
    1 point
  27. FYI. Just want to share our experience with a ceiling repair. We have a textured plastered ceiling. It developed about a three foot crack. Tapping around the crack, a section, 2 by 3 foot, came down. When the repair person inspected the area, they said the cement was not sealed or the sealer dried out. They inspected the whole ceiling, tapping to see if the plaster was attached everywhere. They found a couple of small areas that was not attached and easily repaired them. They said if they found too many or too large of an area, they would have to remove all of the plaster. For us, everything work out fine. I am so happy that they check the whole ceiling before they started.
    1 point
  28. Ahh - he must have opted for the titanium pins add on, rather than the free surgical stainless steel - correct? Sometimes the public hospital specialists opt for special equipment that they are trained on, but have to rent from outside sources. I don't ever think they ever receive any substantial kickback, it just as specialists who have spent many, many years in school and as interns are mostly geeks. Geeks like all the cool toys. The outcome is what matters though, and usually the specialised equipment is safer and with a better outcome. Imagine if the patient had to pay the cost of a surgical team, followup and dressings.
    1 point
  29. My ceilings are old, rough textured plaster. Certainly not worth a pic. 😉 Wallpaper is not an option, as it is too rough for the paper to adhere well. Drywall is too heavy. My roof is well maintained and has no leaks. I have an appointment on Monday with a contractor from the US who says he has experience with floating/grid ceilings. 🙏
    1 point
  30. Less than one minute ago I saw 15.3? Cdn$ up to .75 against U.S. A lot of instability right now, unfortunately, all over the world.
    1 point
  31. Ah, if only we had pockets as deep as bontepar and all his knowedge.
    1 point
  32. The opening statement |medical - hospital expenses and after-care are expensive and have to be paid out of pocket. IT IS FALSE!!!
    1 point
  33. It is so easy that you could glance at a map, for starters, and put all the notes you need on a single yellow sticky thing for the dashboard.✍️
    1 point
  34. An "extender" may help, but your best bet would be to run an ethernet cable from the casita, attached to any line that goes to your casa, into the casa.
    1 point
  35. I do the same, a good practice.
    1 point
  36. I would help if warranted, I do not see it in this case
    1 point
  37. On the other hand, how long have people waited for Telmex to a) fix their lines (even though the number of repair trucks is HUGE) b) install a line c) wait in the office with all the other people for help from an office clerk d) wait for a refund for service not received when paid for.... ooops scratch that last one because Telmex NEVER gives credit for service not received. I'm patiently waiting for iLox to get to Riberas. There was an incredible amount of infrastructure needed to even start this project. I'm very happy that there is an excellent alternative to Telmex. Now, I will add that I've been with Telmex for 23 years in various states in Mexico. It is ONLY this office in Ajijic with which I've had a problem. I'm done and have no more patience for Telmex.
    1 point
  38. I leave mine out and just cover the feeder with a small nylon mesh bag with a drawstring to protect the feeder from dusk until sunlight. The bats still show up but can’t get to the sugar water and eventually move on.
    1 point
  39. It's on the right hand side of Marcos Castellanos just below the church.
    1 point
  40. Old thread and question has been answered. No Lexus dealers here, closest thing is Toyota. Lexus not sold in Mexico. Not a good idea to bring one here long term. Edited to remove the back and forth BS and closed.
    1 point
  41. Not certain of the type you use however the 30 and 50 watt, LED, sealed units are available at Amutio and Casa Plumero in the Ajijic area. Two of ours are still going after 2+ years. A smaller 10 in the carport lasted a year and half. These are square sealed units with a mounting bracket with lead wires ready to connect to power source. under 500 pesos
    1 point
  42. Tiny, there's a thought: I'm going to check if my cleaning woman throws the dirty water out there after mopping the floors. Angus, just yesterday drinking water occurred to me and I poured some water out there along the narrow concrete strips that are a sort of border around the dirt/weeds. I was trying to get it to run into the corners and accumulate. I'll do it again this evening after the sun goes down. Other than that, how do I put out water for a lizard? Tiny and Jonnyintrouble--Could you do your comic stand-ups on some other thread? I've got grieving lizard-family survivors out there.
    1 point
  43. One of the benefits to be bald.
    1 point
  44. Are you in the habit of running with scissors too?
    1 point
  45. Must have retired a long time ago before there were additional courses available
    1 point
  46. I do not think you can tell me to shut up, is it there free speech?
    0 points
  47. SP is not free - IMS is unlikely to cover any pre-exisiting conditions and these are not helpful or informed contributions. It is just another bossy gringo giving bad info because, you know, we know better.
    0 points
  48. Blood work at Chopo and every medical test in Guadalajara has given me a discount.
    0 points
  49. I’m sorry but you are wrong again. I have no prejudices.
    0 points
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