Mexico makes list of top five countries with high-quality low-cost health care

Mexico makes list of top five countries with high-quality low-cost health care

Sep 24, 2017

Mexico made a recent list of the top five countries for low-cost high-quality health care, according to medicaldaily.com. Until the U.S. is ready to part with our massive military and widening waistlines, the country has little hope of making the list of top countries for health care. Our privatized system has yet to live up to the affordability of socialized, single-payer systems, no matter how user-friendly our website is. For a nation that so routinely dominates, the truth is we may have to take a page out of other countries’ books for once. International Living released a list of countries ranked according to the efficiency of their health care system and how well they make for retirement destinations. Here are the top 5: 5. Mexico Medical tourism has ballooned south-of-the-border because of the United States’ increasingly high prescription drug costs. Health insurance costs roughly $300 per year in Mexico, with private plans costing more but still far less than what its neighbor to the north charges. Despite its recent status as the most obese country in the world, Mexico only ranks a handful of places below the U.S. in life expectancy, with female life expectancy still exceeding ours. And if for whatever reason you find yourself in the hospital in Mexico, be grateful you’re only paying $35 for the night, not $1,700 like you would in America. 4. Costa Rica Costa Rica barely edges out the U.S. in its life expectancy, at 76.8 years, but manages to do so with one-seventh the per capita expenditures and a dual public/private system that ensures all citizens can get coverage. Known as caja, the public system of health care in Costa Rica is constantly being upgraded with new equipment, technology, and educated personnel. Retirees, or pensionados, are entitled to full coverage on medical services provided the beneficiary has a monthly income greater than $1,000, whether it’s from Social Security, disability benefits, a pension, or a similar source. There are no caveats or restrictions set on people because of their age or pre-existing conditions. 3. Malaysia The public health care system in Malaysia isn’t available to foreigners, but their private system may be just as good. Under the system, doctors’ visits cost $16 and dental appointments cost $9. Their per...

USGS reports quake off of Humboldt County California on Friday Sep 22

USGS reports quake off of Humboldt County California on Friday Sep 22

Sep 23, 2017

The United States Geological Survey maps initially reported two moderate earthquakes off of Humboldt County on Friday afternoon, but officials have since clarified that one magnitude 5.7 quake hit in the ocean off of Ferndale. The quake, recorded at 12:50 PM local time at a depth of 9 kilometers, struck West of Humboldt Bay in an area that frequently experiences seismic activity. “It occurred on the Mendocino Fracture Zone,” says Jack Boatwright, a seismologist with the USGS office in Meno Park. “It’s an active area. We get a lot of earthquakes here.” A magnitude 6.5 quake rocked the area in December 2016, magnitude 7.2 and 6.6 quakes hit the region in June 2005, and a 6.8 shaker struck in March 2014. Though several people reported feeling shaking on Friday on the USGS “did you feel it feature,” few people took to Twitter in Ferndale, Eureka or Arcata to report feeling the shaking....

Heading to San Diego this weekend? Prepare to wait at busiest US border crossing

Heading to San Diego this weekend? Prepare to wait at busiest US border crossing

Sep 22, 2017

The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico. The closure between San Diego and Tijuana for work on a $741 million expansion project presents a monumental headache for border businesses, workers, tourists and Christopher Enjambre. His band, Minor Gems, plays gigs in Tijuana. “It’s already hectic now, so … damn,” he said, shaking his head in disbelief. “It’s going to be crazy.” Travelers have been enduring hours-long waits on the Mexican side of the border to enter the U.S. with the constant addition of security measures since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Frequent crossers, like Enjambre, 28, of Chula Vista, south of downtown San Diego, worry they will now face long lines on both sides, making trips through the San Ysidro crossing intolerable. The expansion is believed to be the largest renovation of a crossing along the nearly 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. It has been in the works for years to ease congestion and boost cross-border commerce. Photo: Gregory Bull, AP In this Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 photo, construction continues on a new curve along California’s Interstate 5, as it approaches the border with Tijuana, Mexico, in San Diego. The San Diego to Tijuana border. U.S. officials are warning people to avoid driving to Baja California from 3 a.m. Saturday until noon Monday, hoping to ease what is feared will be a massive traffic jam on the U.S. side as Mexico-bound cars are detoured to the much smaller Otay Mesa crossing to the east. “Don’t even think about going across in a vehicle,” said Jason M-B Wells, executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce. “It’s going to be a standstill.” Wells and other business leaders want people to cross on foot and are planning a festival with live music and food trucks to greet those who do. San Ysidro’s pedestrian crossing, where 22 inspection lanes into the U.S. were added this summer, will be open in both directions. Vehicles from Mexico into the U.S. also can cross. Leaders in Baja California’s tourism industry are concerned about the disruption that could continue well past the weekend as...

Thirsty four Baja California rescue workers are helping locate victims in CdMx quake afternath

Thirsty four Baja California rescue workers are helping locate victims in CdMx quake afternath

Sep 22, 2017

There are thirty four rescue experts working in Mexico City, helping to locate and extract survivors inside collapsed buildings, resulting from the aftermath of September 19th earthquake, which shook Mexico City and several Southern Mexican States, said Baja California Civil Protection Director, Antonio Rosquilllas Navarro, who also said that Governor Francisco Kiko Vega Administration is ready to send more firemen and rescue personnel if the National Council for Disasters CND in Spanish) deems it necessary. The Baja Californian rescue workers have had an outstanding performance in the search and rescue labor, mainly in the areas assigned to them by the CND. One of these groups worked in Rebsamen School, where (altogether with international rescue teams worked removing debris and searching people, another team struggled all night in a textile factory which collapsed in the Obrera District in downtown Mexico City, where they recovered two bodies of people who unfortunately didn’t survive the building destruction by the earthquake. Rosquillas Navarro said that the Baja Californian contingent called Baja California Task Force Three brought specialized equipment for contention and opening walls in collapsed buildings and all of them are specialized in rescue inside torn buildings as well as two K9 teams. Rosquillas Navarro subrayó que el contingente bajacaliforniano denominado Fuerza de Tarea Baja California 3, lleva equipo especializado de contención y apertura de paredes en edificios colapsados y todos son bomberos especializados en rescate de personas en estructuras siniestradas, así como dos binomios integrados por un rescatista y un can entrenada para la localización de personas....

Google and Facebook donate one million dollars each for earthquake victims

Google and Facebook donate one million dollars each for earthquake victims

Sep 21, 2017

Facebook and Google made an official announcement stating that each one of these companies will donate one million dollars for the September 19th earthquake in Mexico, the resources will be used to aid the victims and for the reconstruction of the most affected areas of the city after the 7.1 tremor in México. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder, and Sundar Pichai, Google CEO published on their social network platforms that will be making these donations on Thursday September 21, and they reiterated their solidarity with the people of Mexico after the tragic events.   Zuckerberg stated that Facebook´s donation is being made through the Mexican Red Cross, and he also announced that his company is officially joining the UNICEF initiative to resign to any fees corresponding to these donations. Con información de...

Tijuana sewage, wastewater spills contaminate San Diego region

Tijuana sewage, wastewater spills contaminate San Diego region

Sep 19, 2017

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, hundreds of thousands of gallons of polluted water often carrying sewage and other contaminants have flowed over the Mexico border into the San Diego region every month this year — including a nearly four million gallon spill on Sunday September 17, according to federal records. The continued flows come in the wake of a massive spill in Tijuana that polluted beaches as far north as Coronado in February. The contamination came as sewer pipes cracked and manhole covers bubble over amid winter storms, which caused 256 million gallons of wastewater to go unaccounted for south of the border. There were 11 spills from April through June totaling more than 7.4 million gallons of water often polluted with sewage and other contaminants, according to a report from the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board released Wednesday. Records from the U.S. side of the International Boundary and Water Commission — which oversees water treaties between Mexico and the United States and tracks trans-boundary spills — show another five spills since July, accounting for an additional more than 6.5 million gallons. At the same time, elected officials from San Diego have raised concerns that the federal government could nix funding for the agencies and programs intended to address the issue. A spending package passed in by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday would eliminate the U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Grant Program, which has helped facilitate infrastructure upgrades to prevent sewage spills in Tijuana. Ending the grant program is part of a roughly 7 percent cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would drastically limit resources to protect clean air and water, said Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego. “Eliminating this program would take away one of our tools to improve sewage infrastructure along the border and prevent these constant spills that threaten public health and damage our quality of life,” Peters said in a statement. “It also threatens the cross-border cooperation and leadership that is necessary to keep sewage out of American waterways.”   The IBWC would see a more than $5 million cut to its annual budget, down to $72 million, under the House spending blueprint. The package now goes to Senate hearings...