Dear RV Shrink:
I want to cross the border into Mexico to have an eye exam and maybe see a dentist. My wife thinks I should also get my head examined. She thinks everyone who goes to Mexico is never heard from again. I have heard that many people cross the border for dental, eye and prescriptions. Am I missing something?
We are in an RV park right near the border. Do you think it is worth a trip to save a few bucks? How do I convince my wife it’s safe? —Borderline yahoo in Yuma
Everyone has their own comfort level when traveling. It is very common for U.S. and Canadian snowbirds to cross into Mexico and save hundreds, even thousands of dollars on health care. A way to make your wife more comfortable with the idea would be to talk to fellow travelers. If you are in a park near the border, park management would be a great place to start. They will probably even give you some references across the border.
We are in Poncho Villa State Park in Columbus, New Mexico this week. My wife just went to Palomas, Mexico a couple miles down the road, had an eye exam, and bought two pair of glasses for $150. I have been telling people they found Guacamole in one eye, but she doesn’t see the humor in it.
Our friends went to the dentist while we were at the eye doctor’s office. They had new crowns for about a quarter of what it would cost in the U.S. and found everything very professional.
When all the doctoring was over, we met at the famous “Pink Store.” In just a few hours we enjoyed free drinks, good food, excellent service, inexpensive prices, and the friendliest people in Mexico. It’s hard to find a downside to that. —Keep Smilin’, RV Shrink
The RV Shrink is not really a psychologist (or professional RV technician). But he does knows a lot.
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