NY Times: Mexico is Losing its War on Drugs and Violence
Tecoman, a small farming town in Jalisco’s neighboring state of Colima, became the deadliest municipality in all of Mexico last year. And, homicides in Mexico are at all-time highs, with this year set to break all records.
The two charts below show crimes per 100,000 residents. (Source)
The numbers below are actual numbers of incidents. (Source)
A Tour of Hospital Ajijic
It used to be called Clinica Ajijic, and it used to be blue on the outside instead of the current white. Meriza Flores, a medical engineer, has overseen these changes, large and small.
Her responsibilities as the hospital administrator include purchasing medications, medical and patient supplies, and equipment, as well ensuring compliance with health department and tax regulations.
In November, 2014, the facility was granted its hospital designation and license, based on its upgraded services, including the capability of performing surgeries. As to the color of the outside, that was Meriza’s decision. White is healthy and fresh, and it’s a traditional color for the medical industry.
The hospital is private, meaning that it’s not subsidized by government programs, such as IMSS or Seguro Popular. But the fees are very reasonable compared to north of the border. All the 8 patient rooms are private with private bathrooms. A large room costs 900 pesos per night, and a smaller room costs 700 peso per night. And, contrary to some other hospitals, they do feed their patients. They’ll run out to local restaurants for take-out, too, so friends and family don’t have to bring in food unless they want to. And, a nurse is always on duty, so a family member is not required to stay with a patient.
The owners of the hospital are Dr. Alfredo Rodriguez, Sr. (general practitioner) and Dr. Flores (cardiologist, and Meriza’s father). Other doctors on staff are Dr. Rodriguez’s son, Dr. Alfredo Rodriguez, Jr., and Dr. Ernesto Gomez, both general practitioners. The doctors see their own patients in addition to tending to those admitted to the hospital for care. And, there are visiting specialists from Guadalajara, as well, who see patients by appointment. These include cardiologist Dr. Flores, and a gastroenterologist, an ophthalmologist, a gynecologist, and a dermatologist.
In addition to the 8 patient rooms (all of which were filled on the day of the visit, prohibiting room photos), there are 2 intensive care rooms, and 4 doctors’ consultation offices. There’s also an x-ray room and a laboratory, an observation room, maternity labor room and natural delivery room, neonatal room, and an emergency room. External services include an ambulance (600 pesos) and local transportation (picking up and delivering patients back home).
For payment, the hospital accepts private insurance and credit cards, and it can set up flexible payment plans for people without insurance.
In other words, it’s a real hospital (and much bigger than it looks from the outside). It’s clean and bright, it has everything you’d expect, it’s open 24/365, and it’s right down the street.
For more information, visit the hospital at:
Carretera Oriente 33, Ajijic
Teléfono 01 376 766 0500