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  1. No. We are so far out in the woods that we have to use fire and blankets.

    Sry, but couldn't resist. Yes, there is internet here. Depending on where the house is located, you may find that it runs higher than most. The hotel on the carretera brought in higher speeds. Internet can be spotty, but that's true of lakeside. We use a Firestick and usually have no problems streaming TV, etc. So, if you like the house, don't worry. Internet is available.

  2. Contrary to Pancho's deaf ears, we aren't competitors, nor are we looking to see him shut down. What we ARE, however, is a couple that won't return as diners. Why? The food is average, at best (and that's being kind). Sadly, the service isn't very good. Food has arrived cold or not properly prepared.  As something small, but showing the lack of attention to details, when I order a cappuccino and clearly say, in both Spanish and English, that I don't want any cinnamon on it and the waiter brings it back LOADED, well...it goes downhill from there. Taking it back and wiping it off and then bringing the exact same glass back to me, with cinnamon still clinging, doesn't do the job. Asking for salt and pepper or a steak knife means that the waiter disappears and you won't see him again until the bill arrives. And having to constantly remind the waiter that a glass of ice water was requested three trips ago (and mentioned 3x) gets old, fast.  We gave the place several chances, but as someone else mentioned, there are so many other places that consistently deliver. Pancho's is not it. 

    I'd like to think that Pancho would read all of these comments and realize that people would like to be able to support his business, but his arrogant dismissal of our complaints just ensures that that's not going to happen. 

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  3. 14 hours ago, ezpz said:

    On the topic of these complex dental procedures, I would like to ask what people are doing about laughing gas or a substitute.  I have a number of old crowns done in the US where I had laughing gas (nitrous oxide) to make the experience more bearable.  Finally I needed a new crown and Dra. Candy said you can't get N.O. in Mexico unless you hire an extra anesthesiologist  to come in and monitor the dose.  So I had a crown done without it and I was nearly freaking out the whole time.  The shots worked but just barely.  I am highly sensitive.  After the work was done I was fine.  What do the rest of you do for pain killing with the above procedures?  

    I don't know if this will help, but when I had to have a second root canal, I didn't want to use the same doc who caused me tremendous pain (long, boring story). I contacted Dr. Barranga's practice because I'd heard so many good things about him and his staff. I wasn't looking to change general dentists (Dra. Rosio is fantastic, but she doesn't do root canals), but just needed someone to do this job. The doctor that did it was also fantastic. He was an associate of Dr. Barranga and I wish I could remember his name (youngish guy), but he knew that I was scared spitless of having another pain-loaded experience. Understand that I actually have had a filling and some other work done without a shot because the needles frighten me more than the procedures, so I can take quite a lot of pain...just not needles. There's just something about a needle in the gum that...shudder!...enough said. Anyway, the doc did the numbing gel and spent a LOT of time to make sure the site was numb enough that I wouldn't fly out of the chair by the time he was ready to inject the novocaine (?). It worked. I felt nothing and the rest of the procedure went as smoothly and pleasantly as something like that can. Hope that might have helped.

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  4. Oh, lord, Lost...you have no idea what you may have innocently started. The mask Nazis are already here...even though masks are NOT required outside in the open air, you now have self-appointed gringos who hiss, "MASK!" under their breaths if they pass you and you're not wearing one. Some of us prefer to get as much fresh air as possible, but these DUDley-Do-Rights feel it's their mission to point out the error of everyone else's ways. If you want to try the yoghurt and see they're not wearing masks and that bothers you, then run. Otherwise, enjoy the yoghurt.

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  5. 3 hours ago, mudgirl said:

    My point was that one dentist was ready to gleefully pull out all my teeth so he could make a small fortune on an entire mouth full of implants, and my current dentist was behaving ethically by saying that there wasn't enough bone, rather than trying to just make as much money off me as possible, but I guess you missed that. 

    I already have one implant, and while I haven't had any issues with it and it's been in place for years, I'm not at all interested, actually, in getting anymore. Far too invasive for me.  

    Actually, that was what Dra. Rosio advised me about implants. They're not necessarily "no big deal" because you must have sufficient bone for the implant and it can take 4 months before the actual implant is done. Any good doc will always go for the best solution, not necessarily the most invasive or expensive. I shudder to think what that one doc would have charged you.

  6. 32 minutes ago, CHILLIN said:

    Happy Nuts and Happy Jillin sounds like a match made in the garden of eden!

    (for those who don't get it jilling is porn slang for female masturbation. Google if you don't believe me. Just don't click images!). I am not allright with this, but the moderaters and owners of this site seem to be OK with it.

    Oh, good lord! I have no idea why you feel it is appropriate to equate porn to my name, especially when it's HAPPILYnutz (intiimating crazy), not happy nuts (your favorite movie genre), but I also don't watch what you must watch, nor do I find porn in innocent names. If it gives you a giggle, good for you.

    I honestly didn't know that having more than one name was a no-no, but I do know that I'm not the only one. I immediately said who I was and why I used it, but that doesn't appear to be good enough for you. If you'd continue with your dogged investigation of me, you'd have seen that it was for a big whooping total of 3 times. I will delete it as it's not my intent to defraud, but was trying to protect myself from a nutcase. Not everyone has ulterior motives, but then again, not everyone is into porn.

    And with that, I'm done with this topic despite once trying to end it on a "agree to disagree" note. Feel free to continue beating your dead horse (oh, Chillin...that must really excite you, eh?). SMH.

  7. 19 minutes ago, RickS said:

    So, for clarity of Post and transparency..... who are you

    Tingting. I just mentioned it because I used my other name and thought it might confuse some. It wasn't anything "nefarious" but an old technodino's use of the wrong account. And before you ask, I used a different account with the classified section because I ran into some rather "interesting" individuals when I sold some items online. 

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  8. 2 hours ago, happyjillin said:

    This has absolutely nothing to do with what I posted were my costs at SAH. Your problem is that you have an insurance plan which is not as fiscally efficient as paying out of pocket and makes you ripe for the picking.

    This has everything to do with costs. Your problem is that you're so hell-bent on defending the place and telling everyone else that their experiences don't count that you refuse to accept that not every experience is rainbows and unicorns. Since you don't know my insurance, you have no clue what is and is not fiscally efficient. For us, it's more efficient, and probably medically necessary, for us to pay out-of-pocket and see specialists that  won't continue the medical circle-jerk, . We are then reimbursed, as we were in the past before we tried the insurance plan w/SAH. I don't say this lightly as a LOT of thought went into our decision. We're also fortunate that we can do so and we know this. We also know that SAH may be the only option for others. FWIW, WE are not ripe for the picking, but the insurance companies that appear to be paying way more than is normal, are. So because you're happy with the services you received, you're able to justify this? Again, I'm glad they helped you and that you're doing well, but that doesn't change our particular experiences (note:  experiences, not just once). 

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  9. 17 minutes ago, RickS said:

    I'm curious as to what kind of insurance policy you have.... covering you in Mexico and billing you/showing your charges and paying off, all in US Dollars?

    I'm assuming that this is the case as you quoted the pesos amount as 'approximately'....

    RickS,  The billing was done in pesos, but then they convert it on the statement which we get. The "approximately" was me using a USD/MXN converter to give everyone a rough idea of the charges that the hospital billed our insurance. This was not the reason why we chose to opt out of their plan, but it's just one more "brick in the wall." Again, I'm not saying that the place is bad, good, or indifferent, just not for us.

  10. Since this topic began, we've received several billing statements from our insurance. Our co-pay was always the same ($100mxn per visit/$3000mxn if a hospital stay is involved), so I never really looked too closely. Two quick examples of many:  a simple doctor's visit (got to see the third or fourth fresh-out-of-medical school doc that does the general appointments), billed $174.10USD (approximately $3700mxn!), paid $65.27 ($1384mxn); a specialist was seen and the bill was $434.35 ($9200mxn!!!!) when most specialists charge $800mxn. The payment was $325.83 ($6900mxn). I might add, that this was just a repeating circle of seeing doctors who just said to see another specialist. The problem is/was never resolved. And, yes, I can prove what I'm saying. 

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  11. 1 hour ago, CHILLIN said:

    Dr. Ivan is usually based in Guadalajara and has a successful plastic surgery practise. He lives in Ajijic though, so always welcoming some work closer to home. He used to be at Jocotepec/El Chante hospital. I asked for a card, he told me that Drs. working under the Seguro Popular, at that time, are not allowed to give out cards or direct patients to their private practise. The other surgeon at that hospital is also said to be very skillful, but Spanish only. He is related (brother?) to the (ex?)  Presidente of Jocotepec.

    That explains the well done stitch work. He came across as very down-to-earth and personable and I'd definitely recommend him, just not SAH. Again, this is based on numerous problems, but YMMV.

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  12. First of all, it wasn't cutting my nose off to spite my face. You had a great experience, terrific. We had multiple problems with them, not great and nothing that you would expect to happen. That doesn't negate your good experience nor does your good experience mean that we're one-offs. There were some really serious problems and the blood test was the final one (there's more to the blood test, but I don't want to go into it here). The blood test was requested by the doctor I saw at SAH. Whenever Dr. Rodriguez, Clinica Ajijic, has a test, it's done in house. SAT takes multiples insurances, including ours, so it was just a small co-pay. We still use our insurance, but just pay out-of-pocket and get reimbursed, just as we did in the past, before SAH. 

  13. It was about 6 weeks ago and the tests were to check my thyroid (on meds) and blood sugars, nothing difficult. There were so many problems with SAT that we gave up. We prefer to pay out-of-pocket than to deal with them anymore...well, I must be fair and give a plug for one surgeon--Dr. Ivan (so sorry I can't remember his last name). He was absolutely top notch and did some of the best stitch work I've ever seen.

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  14. Glad to hear that you had such a positive experience with SAT and hope that your recovery is swift and uneventful. Unfortunately, we found SAT to be less than a positive experience. This was the first (and only) time I actually had to go elsewhere for a simple blood test...it couldn't be done at the Hospital! 

  15. 9 hours ago, ea93105 said:

    You let strangers get that close to you ? I would have stopped them at 6ft minimum regardless of masks

    You're right, of course, but you'd be amazed at just how good some of these folks are, not just the mustard bandits. Sometimes, things happen so fast that you just don't connect the dots in time. I'm so sorry this happened to you, Artsnob, but don't beat yourself up because you did everything right afterwards. These folks practice at being evil scum while we assume most folks are good and let down our guards. Sadly, evil scum usually win.


    8 hours ago, slainte39 said:

    Tingting could you explain this a little further.  Who charges 100 pesos and for what?

    The 100 pesos is your co-pay at HSA if you have inurance that they accept and you're enrolled with them. As a TRICARE patient, if Fernando came down here and enrolled, that's what he'd pay per visit. Sorry for the confusion.

  17. Hi again :) No, we don't have IMSS, so maybe others can give you their own personal experiences and/or opinions. For us, we haven't had anything pop up, or continue, that wasn't covered by TRICARE.  I know I'm stating the obvious, but the website is pretty informative when you're looking to see if "X" is covered. It's not the best design and can be frustrating as hell to navigate, but if you have some time on your hands, it pays to browse around it (a government site being poorly designed? Imagine my shock!). If you're planning on coming down here on another visit to check out the area, you might want to talk to the folks at HSA to see if they can provide the care that you require without having to wait weeks for an appointment with a specialist (if needed) or having to go to Guadalajara to use their affiliate for an MRI or other specialized testing. They're still going through early growing pains, so many of these things may be resolved in the near-future. Meanwhile, If your particular requirements aren't too uncommon, then you may find that HSA is a good fit for you.

    Hope that helps!

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