This post is part of a series of experiences on healthcare. From realizations, patient navigation, and the implications of being divided by a border.
Symptom: Not having health insurance
I didn’t really had an idea how to find, and be able to qualify for health insurance for my grandpa in Mexico. My intention at this stage was to get him on the healthcare system. I looked for options online to find possibilities on the private insurance sector.
It turned out unsuccessful.
My grandpa didn’t qualify for those insurances because of his advanced age and his now pre-existing heart condition. Also, for the couple of insurances that didn’t have an age cap, there was just not enough information to make a decision on them. Mainly because there were new.
I looked at binational health insurances that were tailored for individuals that cross the border on either side to get healthcare. Again, while they provided great services, prices, and co-pay options, my grandpa couldn’t qualify for them either.
By this point it was believed that he needed a pacemaker, therefore, surgery was necessary. Without proper health insurance, this procedure was too expensive given our socioeconomic status.
I had a feeling of emptiness and few options.
I managed to get both of my grandparents government insurance as a last resort. However, I was lost on how things worked.
Thankfully, there were people giving us their wisdom, time, and expertise.
I was clueless, but not alone anymore.
Rx to self: Think about your longterm health, and the health of your loved ones, too