Health insurance Mexico - A great benefit available to ex-pats

A great benefit available to ex-pats is the national health insurance Mexico and it's benefits. The program is available to any citizen and to anyone with a FM2 or FM3 visa.

In 1979, the National Institute of Aging, by presidential decree was created for the protection and care of the elderly. Initially, the focus was on the medical care of seniors older than 60 years of age.

In 2002, its scope was increased and INAPAM (Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores) was founded along with the Law on the Rights of Older Persons. Its mission is to promote medical, legal and employment opportunities.

Membership benefits ranging between 5%-50% include:

• Restaurants

• Hotels

• Autos, Auto repairs and services

• Medical

• Veterinarian Services

• Free entrance to most museums

• Free entrance to Archeological Zones

• Various discounts on food, clothing and household supplies and appliances

The list continues to grow. The Mexican government signed an agreement with Pfizer for a 40% discount for Seniors on Friday, October 23, 2009. You should request a list of participating stores and businesses at your local INAPAM office.

The beauty of this program is that is available to any citizen and to anyone with a FM2 or FM3 visa. According to INAPAM’s website, you simply are required to have the following to register:

• Original birth certificate and copy

• Single Key Population Registration (CURP), if it is original and copy

• Government-issued photo ID (IFE, IMSS, ISSSTE, Primer of the MTF and valid passport).

Foreigners must submit FM1, FM2 or FM3 and 1 approved photo credential letter of naturalization.

You probably should take your passport with a copy of all pages. This seems to be standard procedure in Mexico!

Contact information in Yucatan is:

Dr. Diego Antonio Vayra Pingarron

inapamyuc@yahoo.com.mx

59 x Av.Itzaesy 90, Módulo2,

Mérida, Yuc.

C.P.97000

Tel. y Fax: 01 999 923 96 00

In others states go to: State http://www.inapam.gob.mx/index/index.php

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