26 November 2014 – Wednesday ~ Featuring “Sam Grubb, OM”


By Sam Grubb


We recently had occasion to take the Princess to the hospital in Mexicali.  This is the second time we’ve been there, and the care is phenomenal.  There is just no comparison to the medical machine that is the US medical community.  Just for comparison let’s take two examples, one US, and the other Mexican.

A year or so ago, I took a friend to the States because he was really sick.  We went to the emergency room and they kept him all day long and performed a whole battery of tests.  At the end of the day the Dr. finally came into the room and announced that it would be two weeks before they had all the results, but for now, everything looked normal.  Now my friend was in so much pain that he couldn’t even walk.  So the Dr. said that he would give him a prescription for pain pills.  My friend told him that he couldn’t take that one because he was allergic to that drug.  The Dr. said, “It doesn’t matter, that’s what I’m going to prescribe.”  With that he discharged him and left the room.  To say he was an arrogant prick would be an understatement of classic proportions.  The bill was several thousand dollars, and there was no serious effort at a diagnosis, just a whole bunch of tests designed to cover their butts.

Now, let’s return to my trip to Hispano Americano Hospital in Mexicali.  We arrived late Sunday afternoon.  They met us at the door with a wheelchair and took my wife into the emergency room and immediately began testing and simultaneously treating her.  Not until they had her stabilized did they ask me for a credit card deposit for the treatment.  By Monday morning they had her not only  stabilized, but actually feeling good.  Our room was spotlessly clean.  I say our room, because there was a couch in the room for me to sleep on.  They were coming and going all night with IVs and pills and magic potions.  That morning our doctor came in and thoroughly discussed the prognosis with us and told us that she could discharge her that evening.  I whined about the prospect of driving back to San Felipe at night, and said that we would probably just get a motel room.  The Doctor said, “Oh no, you don’t have to do that.  You can stay at my house.”  As it turned out she released us in time for us to go home that same day.  We were there for a little over 24 hours, they performed a CAT scan, ekg, and I’m not sure what else, plus all the treatment.  The bill was about $1,200 USD.   Dr. Laura Lopez is a gem.  She is a board certified internal medicine specialist and a really nice person.  Last year she gave us her cell number, and when we need to call her, she actually answers it.  This is truly patient centered treatment.



It totally escapes me why anyone would want to return to the States for medical reasons.  Our experience is that the Mexican system provides better quality care at affordable prices.   The Americans should be embarrassed by how broken their approach to medicine is.  It’s slow, totally focused on avoiding lawsuits and ridiculously expensive.

It’s just another reason why we are so lucky to live in this beautiful country.

8 Responses to “26 November 2014 – Wednesday ~ Featuring “Sam Grubb, OM””
  1. Nancy Rowland

    The media only tells about the negative things in Mexico. It’s very seldom that they report the positive things that happen there. Earlier this year, I was buying blocks at the local material store and the owner’s were eating dinner with their family. They invited me to have dinner with them. The next week, was the same thing when I came in. I’ve never been to or heard of anyone here in the states having experienced the hospitality and friendliness of a business in the upper 48 like that.

  2. Deb Moore

    thank you so much for sharing your positive experience with everyone!

  3. Jim Moore

    Shirley too has a specialist in Mexicali…..
    He has given us 4 different phone numbers and an e-mail to contact him at any time with any health problem.

  4. La Gitana Rasta

    . . . glad to know your Princess is well on the mend: good health to you both!!

    as for me? gave up on western “doctors” more than 40 years ago due to at least two mis-diagnoses. strictly a natural healing-bytch now, and not doing badly for 70 (can still kick higher than most tai chi/bo enthusiasts — and HARDER!! 😉 jajajaja).

    itz just TOO shameful what our “doctors” can get away with nowadays. there may be times when i feel as if i’m lost in a twilight zone here, but when it comes to things such as this, definitely feels like paradise!!


    • La Gitana Rasta

      . . . but here just let me give ALL da praise to Jah for this blessing!!!


  5. Ricardo

    Señor OM,
    Very informative article on medical care in Mexicali. During our 12 winters in San Felipe we have been fortunate to not require any serious medical assistance. With Obama Care continuing to totally destroy our already declining medical care in the States, this is very helpful information.


    • La Gitana Rasta

      . . . ’tis obvious you’re not an Obama supporter, but stop for just a moment and consider where we are today economically — especially with the 99 percenters who are now able to obtain health coverage (that was ruined LONG before OC — “Obama Care”).

      it seems to me in my long decades of politics that itz ALWAYS the Democrats who come to the rescue, so if the western standard of medical care has been lowered, look to your ‘publicans and their lobbyists and payola medics.

  6. Tom Scott

    Good info…Thank You.

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