The large sign in front of San Antonio Hospital states "we accept USA insurances".
As a US citizen, when a business states they accept our health insurance, to us, this means we don't pay for the medical service upfront. The medical expenses are billed directly to the insurance provider.
Here is the information that two people obtained from Lakeside Medical (located within San Antonio hospital )regarding their claiming acceptance of US Insurance.
From several communications with them, this is what became obvious.
The service they actually provide is to file a claim for the patient based on the person's policy, providing it is a policy on their list. The fee schedule shown in their office has various names, however, they are all actually a filing service fee.
Medicare and any US supplemental policy are not accepted and cannot be used in Mexico.
In some cases, your policy may state that you can be reimbursed for emergency services provided within the first 60 days of entering a foreign country. What Lakeside Medical actually does is file those receipts for you and as mentioned above.
Their very large sign in front of the hospital is totally misleading based on what I clarified above as to what this actually means to a US citizen.
I don't have a problem with a service offering to file forms on behalf of patients, but this method of marketing is a bait and switch, and in no way reflects what they actually do.
I am posting this as a public service so people will know what the real story is.
Also, when providing feed back to the facility regarding the method and implication of that big sign, they were totally disinterested.