Dr. Fierro Dental Clinic And Hotel Karina Complex In Palomas Mexico

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Fierro Dental Clinic & Hotel Complex
Open 7 Days A Week. No Appointment Necessary

Fierro Dental Clinic And Hotel Karina Complex

REVIEW: Just South of the Medical Border Story by BK Stampley, PhD.

It’s just a short run to the Third World. Three miles in fact. That’s how far it is from Columbus, New Mexico to Palomas, Mexico. Columbus sits quietly along Interstate 11, eighty miles from Las Cruces and about a hundred and thirty miles south of Tucson, Arizona. In fact Columbus is a great spot for snowbirds ( for those of you that do not speak Travelese, Snowbirds are migratory folk who seek out warm climes in winter) to escape the frigid Minnesota winters and that Palomas, Mexico is so close. Being close is important to travelers and residents alike.

When I first heard of inexpensive dental treatment in a little clinic in Palomas, my mind conjured pictures of a Mexican dentista in a blood stained apron yanking teeth out with water-pump pliers and no anesthetic.

As I have been an uninsured victim of the robbery that is health care in America, I decided to see for myself. My imaginary dental clinic could not have been farther off the mark.

Palomas looks like many of the lesser known border towns. It is slightly unkempt, with pot holed streets, houses that have no color, and dogs of dubious ancestry roaming around. They are however, friendly dogs and Palomas feels OK. There is no sense of needing to look over your shoulder that is common in so many border towns.

On my first trip, we elected to leave the General, my trusty Ford Expedition, on the American side and walk across the border. It is only two blocks to the clinic. We later found that it is perfectly safe to take your vehicle across. Just make sure that you have no firearms aboard and that you lock the car securely.

The Fierro Clinic is well known to folks who live in the bootheel of New Mexico. Dr Fierro has been practicing dentistry in Palomas for many years. He is well regarded in both the Gringo and Hispanic communities and over the last few years, his clinica has blossomed into a full fledged dental hospital, with oral surgery and full periodontal care available.

As the demand for less costly health care has grown, many Americans have looked to the South for a way to make their medical dollar go farther and The Fierro clinic is a prime example of the quality of care that is available to those who choose to look.

There are eleven dentists. Every one of them, all Mexican nationals, trained in dental schools in the United States, or at the internationally known University in Guadalajara. After Dr. Fierro, who oversees the entire operation, Dr. Horatio Maldanado the maestro of crowns and bridges, acts as mentor and gentle stabilizing force to the other staff members. The clinic is a shining example of modern sterility, high tech equipment and sparkling cleanliness. The staff all speak some English and if one hits a linguistic snag, Vivian, the doctor’s secretary is fluent in both Spanish and English and is always available to untangle the problem.

The clinic opens at 8 AM and goes all day long until 6PM. There are no appointments. It is first come, first serve, so get there early if you want to spend some part of your day playing in Palomas.

The clinic offers a full range of dental services from cleaning and deep scaling to crowns and bridges and all sorts of appliances. They also offer Laser whitening which my wife found to be wonderful. The clinic accepts some insurances, but if that is an issue, call them before you make the trip. Remember that although America runs on credit cards, much of the world still uses cash, so plan your foreign travels accordingly

If you should need a prescription for pain medication, there is a pharmacia right across the street where you can also stock up one non- prescription pharmaceuticals for about a third of what they cost in the States.

There is also a modern vision center where you can have your eyes examined by an American trained optometrist for much less than in the States and still have your glasses in two hours. I had a complete eye exam done and got a six months supply of disposable contacts for less than one hundred twenty dollars US.

Then there is the famous “Pink Store” Restaurant and Bar which is purported to have been a bordello in times gone by. Used by famed bandito Pancho Villa as his headquarters for the only foreign invasion of the United States in history, the Pink Store is now a great eating spot and shopping mecca for travelers. We have been back several times now, for dental care and just to have a fun day.

The Margaritas are great and powerful, and the salsa is very picante. Just down the street at the Hotel Santa Cruz, the Veracruzano style seafood is special.

To give one an idea of the economic gulf that separates American dental care from that of Mexico, I give you, dear reader, this comparison. I required a full set of X-rays, a deep scaling (yuk), a thorough cleaning, a small permanent bridge, and eight crowns.

The estimated cost of this project? My American dentist, a wonderful person, smiled and said $10.000. The Fierro clinic’s quote? $2,000 US dollars. Much more doable on an underinsured writer’s pay.

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Medical Tourism - Dentistry In Mexico

Medical tourism (also called medical travel, health tourism or global healthcare) is a term initially coined by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly-growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain health care.

Such services typically include elective procedures as well as complex specialized surgeries such as joint replacement (knee/hip), cardiac surgery, dental surgery, and cosmetic surgeries. However, virtually every type of health care, including psychiatry, alternative treatments, convalescent care and even burial services are available. As a practical matter, providers and customers commonly use informal channels of communication-connection-contract, and in such cases this tends to mean less regulatory or legal oversight to assure quality and less formal recourse to reimbursement or redress, if needed.

Americans, particularly those living near the Mexican border, now routinely cross to Mexico for medical care. Popular specialties include dentistry and plastic surgery. Mexican dentists often charge one-fifth to one-fourth of US prices, while other procedures typically cost a third what they would in the US.

This trend has alarmed American healthcare providers who, fearing a loss of business, warn patients away from Mexico. "The phenomenon has unsettled US-based dentists who tell horror stories of rampant infections, undetected cases of oral cancer and shoddy work south of the border", claims hotly disputed by Mexican dentists. "In Texas, legislators explored the possibility of allowing health maintenance organizations to operate on both sides of the border.


However, physicians in south Texas lobbied against the changes, arguing that local doctors could not compete with the lower costs in Mexico". US doctors point out that the Mexican legal system makes it almost impossible to sue Mexican doctors for malpractice.

However, many who travel to Mexico for care report that they are satisfied. According to a report commissioned by Families U.S.A., a Washington advocacy group for health-care issues, "About 90 percent [feel] the care they had received in Mexico had been good or excellent. About 80 percent rated the care they had received in the United States as good or excellent".

Indeed "some U.S. dentists ... have conceded to the competition and begun a 'reverse migration' opening offices in Mexico to take advantage of lower costs".[ More American insurers are providing coverage for travelers, as the out-of-pocket costs to them are much lower. "With healthcare costs in the United States continuing to rise, many employers in Southern California are turning to insurance plans that send their workers to Mexico for routine care, plans that are growing by nearly 3,000 people a year."

In addition to dental and plastic surgery, Mexican hospitals are popular for bariatric surgery for weight loss, considered an elective procedure that is not covered by some US insurers. A popular bariatric procedure, lap band surgery, which was approved by the FDA in the US in 2001, has been performed for longer by Mexican surgeons.



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