< Back Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city? Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat? What is the word for "doctor" in the local language? What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider? Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go? What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police. What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable? How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language? Is the water safe to drink? Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city? Although the most common illnesses are related to contaminated water and food, a vaccination is NOT required. This contamination can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and fever. Good hygienic practices are encouraged. Other health precautions: Do not eat food purchased from street vendors Drink only bottled water or boiled water Do not eat dairy products unless you know they have been pasteurized Be wary of any salads served at restaurants Eat thoroughly cooked food Keep feet clean and dry and do not go about barefooted Be sure to wash your hands regularly with soap and water If you have a serious heart condition, first consult with your physician before moving to Mexico, due to its altitude ↑ Top Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat? When it comes to medical care in Mexico, many expatriates have their doubts and fears. Coming from countries with some of the best health care and hospitals in the world, many expatriates just don't know what to expect in Mexico. However, there’s no need to worry as Mexico has some very good physicians and some fine hospitals that offer excellent care for considerably less than other countries. Clinics operate under excellent conditions in all major towns and cities. Having good medical insurance is strongly advised for the well-being and safety of you and your family. ↑ Top What is the word for "doctor" in the local language? The words used for "doctor" are either doctor or medico. ↑ Top What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider? Mexican friends, neighbors and co-workers are good sources for finding the right doctor, but if you don't speak Spanish, it might be best to find a doctor who speaks your native language. Please feel free to contact the Crown staff in Mexico City to help you with this. When you visit the doctor for the first time, be sure to take along copies of your medical records and the names and phone numbers of your previous doctors. Also, take a list of any medications that you or family members are currently using. Many doctors in other countries are not familiar with the causes of intestinal disorders found in Mexico. So, if you or your family are experiencing any such disorder, it is best to speak to a local doctor who has experience with these conditions. ↑ Top Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go? Most expats are able to find good medical care in Mexico City. However, some who plan trips to their homeland feel more comfortable visiting their regular doctor while they are there. Please keep in mind that you will most likely go through a period of physical adjustment to the foods in Mexico. There are different kinds of food cooked in a different way than you are probably used to and probably different types of bacteria to which your body will have to adjust. ↑ Top What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police. Below are telephone numbers that will connect you to help in case of an emergency: General information: 040 General Emergency: 080 Police: 060 Ambulance: 065 Fire Department: 068 ↑ Top What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable? If you experience an emergency situation in the middle of the night, do not worry; all public and private hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Make sure you are familiar with the best routes for getting to the hospital. If you call a taxi, make sure you give the driver the correct address for both your home and the hospital. ↑ Top How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language? Pharmacies in Mexico are called "farmacias" and most of them are located in major supermarkets, such as Walmart, Superama or Mega Comercial Mexicana, other shopping centers and on most main avenues. Well-known pharmacies are Farmacia San Pablo, Farmacia del Ahorro or Farmacia San Isidro. Most pharmacies have a delivery service with no extra charge. Note: You will be able to find most medications in Mexico at an affordable price. Often, no prescription is required. Antibiotics do require a prescription. Many pharmacies do not have trained pharmacists on staff, so it is important that you consult with your doctor to be safe and have all prescriptions translated into Spanish to avoid problems. ↑ Top Is the water safe to drink? No; it is recommended that you do not drink tap water and only drink bottled water. Bottles of various sizes are sold at supermarkets and local neighborhood stores. For convenience, water can be delivered in returnable five-gallon jugs (garrafones) made of plastic or glass right to your doorstep. The glass jugs are recommended for hygienic reasons. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.