This post is not about violence in Michoacán. If you were looking for that, you might instead go here.
No, this is about some of the free or inexpensive health care available to both Mexicanos and Gringos living here. No ifs, ands or buts.
Our doctor, Dr. G., internist, prescribed for me seven vitamin injections, one every other day. It was highly inconvenient to go into Pátzcuaro for him to administer the shots. But I realized that I could walk to the community clinic a kilometer away. There they administered the shots for free, plus I had a nice walk.
We've also had free seasonal flu inoculations at local clinics. No hassle, no paperwork, no ID, FM3 or passport. It's a great benefit, generously offered. Dr. G. would have administered the shots for free also, but I would have had to drive 30 minutes to arrive early at his consultorio to avoid a possibly long wait. Knowing about the community clinic was a real plus. Hardly 5 minutes passed between my arrival at the clinic and receiving the injections.
¡Viva México! ¡Viva Michoacán!