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    The Pharmaceutical Connection. In which I visit a pharmacy in San Miguel and compare prices on the top 25 prescription drugs used in the United States. Check the complete list here. By Scott Burns

    Relocation to San Miguel de Allende Visa Information

    Bringing cars into Mexico

    Mail & Shipping Services

    La Conexión. Your all-around communications, packing and shipping center.
    Mailboxes Etc. For people who have special packing needs, Mail Boxes Etc. are specialists in all sorts of items, no matter how big or delicate they might be.

    ALMA. Home for the elderly needy of San Miguel. Tel: 15-2-28-66 or 15-2-72-10

    Audubon Society. A bicultural organization working to preserve the ecosystem. Tel: 15-2-57-94 or 15-2-24-35

    Biblioteca Publica. San Miguel public library. Tel: 15-2-02-93

    C.A.S.A. Medical, social service and family planning for needy families. Tel: 15-2-26-88

    Casa Ayuda. Helps with education, health care, clothes, food and education for needy children. Tel: 15-2-42-02

    Residents Speak
    On Health Care in Mexico
    by Denise Mallett

    When friends and family learned my husband and I were moving to Mexico with our 15-month-old daughter, Eleanor, the biggest concern was for her health. In the U.S., Mexico carries many stereotypes; one of the most popular we have encountered is the alleged lack of proper health care. This story, set on the third day of our life in San Miguel, defies that stereotype and-we hope-challenges our fellow Americans to expand their perspective.

    Lacking health insurance and a decent map, we set out on a recent Tuesday afternoon in search of an apartment to rent. Eleanor was riding on my shoulders, and my husband was trailing a few steps behind me. With my eyes peeled on the houses and strange street signs, I tripped on one of the jutting cobblestones one finds on just about every calle in San Miguel. In a micro-instant, my world literally came crashing down, beginning with my body, sprawling suddenly forward in the street, followed by Eleanor’s trusting little body, which landed head first on the cobblestones. Unfortunately, I was OK and she wasn’t. A large cut had opened above her right eye, but all I saw was a mask of red over her entire face, and all I heard was her screaming.

    Panic set in quickly: my husband picked up our bleeding sweetheart and ran back down the street, not having any idea where he was going or what he was going to do. Seconds later, a Mexican man stopped his big white car, gently asked his wife and daughter to get out, and told us-all three of us covered in blood–to get in. He took us through bumpy back roads directly to Hospital de la Fe, no questions asked.

    The hospital staff quickly, and calmly, guided us into the emergency room, where Doctor Diaz attended Eleanor immediately, stitching her wound with stone-still hands. Later, he had a harder time placating the fraught parents. The head trauma, he told us, was only superficial – it looked much worse than it was. And, he reminded us, this happens to many, many children. I realized later, as we were checking out in an efficient exchange of cash and receipt, that Dr. Diaz had cared for us as much as he had cared for Eleanor. The entire process was blessedly free of waiting rooms, red tape and rude-or worse, callous–receptionists.

    To end it all, we were waiting for a taxi when a hospital administrator offered us a ride home. I’ve never been shown so much kindness, by friends or strangers. Many American friends have since suggested that, in most American cities, Eleanor would have suffered a long wait before getting medical attention–and forget about the Samaritan motorist entirely. So for those who question the health care in Mexico, I say, consider our story, question American bureaucracy, and give Mexico a chance.

    As my husband wisely said before the accident, the unknown is very knowable here. Since that dreaded day, I have spoken to numerous people who have either come to San Miguel to be cured of illness (whether by hospital or weather), or have had similar experiences to ours. We are thankful that we chose to relocate to this area, and although we hope Eleanor never remembers the accident, we hope she will grow up respecting the wonderful people of this country.

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    13 Responses to “Retirement in San Miguel de Allende”

    Charles E. Doty Says:

    Are there very many American expats retired and living in San Miguel de Allende?

    Reg Ainsworth Says:


    Long term rentals for those with limited budgets?


    animamama Says:

    Am in same boat as Reg. Need help with long term rental information. Where can I get this info? Thanks

    Charles Says:

    There is a retirement center (not a nursing home) opening very soon in Union de San Antonio, between Leon, Gto and Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco. I can provide you with more info if you wish. Dallas tel (214) 778-54-73, Mex. 474-725-22-38

    john Says:

    More of a question than a comment…would like to know about the feasibility of long term apartment rentals in San Miguel…anyone with feedback?

    Mattie Says:

    i am thinking of coming to san miguel and may want to stay a month.. my 2 daughters would join me after 2 weeks. any places to stay with a terrace with view of san miguel, and that’s affordable. the other idea i have is i could stay with someone and get free room & board, and could provide the service of cooking, and or babysitting.

    oldbiker1 Says:

    We’ve been talking about taking a year off from the routine here in Escondido, CA and spend it there in San Miguel. I’m 70 and need a rest and my wife wants to become a fluent Spanish speaker (has studied it for years). Glad to hear this story – very encouraging.

    Jean Says:

    what are long term rentals priced at? Would it be possible to find a part time job?

    carlos Says:

    i like to heard people talking nice things about my hometown…n ofcourse san miguel de allende its beautiful

    Jackie McElveny Says:

    While I’ve missed seeing SMdA so far (it’s still on my list!), I’ve traveled Mexico from top to bottom and can only say that this story is totally typical of the Mexican ethos. It did not matter where I was, small and poor rural village, bustling city, and anything in between, I never encountered anything but friendliness, kindness and willingness to help, particularly when it was obvious a crisis had occurred. That is one of the reasons I’m considering retirement in Mexico. I hope to get down to San Miguel sometime in the coming year to check it out.

    Nancy Says:

    Is this a good place for a single lady to retire to and live on Social Security?
    Are there nice but inexpensive apartment to rent?

    Gloria O,Hammer Says:


    I am thinking about moving to your beautiful home town.I live in Miami and
    it has changed a lot. Can you please tell some things about San Miguel de Allende?

    Christel Barber Says:

    When I lived in SMA, more than 12 years ago, there was a Home for the Aged, called Alma, near Los Frailes. Is this home still in operation?

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