Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
WARNER, David C. and JAHNKE, Lauren R.. Toward Better Access to Health Insurance Coverage for U.S. Retirees in Mexico. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2001, vol.43, n.1, pp. 59-66. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342001000100008.
Many retirees from the United States of America have limited health insurance coverage while living in Mexico. Medicare and Medicaid benefits are not portable to other countries and Medigap (private insurance that supplements Medicare) is very limited. This causes economic and medical hardships and serves as a barrier to retirement to Mexico. Increasing numbers of U.S. retirees will be interested in moving to Mexico in the future because of the climate, the culture, and the lower cost of living. The numbers are increasing as a result of several factors such as aging "baby boomers" and the rapidly growing Mexican-origin population in the U.S.A. who are citizens or permanent residents but would like to return to their communities of origin after working in the U.S.A. There are several policy initiatives that could provide opportunities for improving health insurance coverage for these retirees that could be cost-effective. The full version of this paper is available too at: http://www.insp.mx/salud/index.html
Keywords : insurance, health; retirement; health services coverage; cost-benefit analysis; Mexico.