Re: Mexico City offers free health insurance to tourists


This is a great idea regardless of the hysteria. A good system of health care for limited purposes that covers tourists can be very handy. Travel health insurance is available for many countries and they make a lot of sense. I also heard Mexican swine flu was mostly hype by the government to clear the street so they can move on the drug targets easily and effectively. Things have gotten much quieter after swine flu. I bet lots of people disappeared not because of the flu and for good reasons.

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from Gadling by Katie Hammel
Filed under: North America, Mexico, News, Travel Deals

After near-hysteria over Mexico’s outbreak of the H1N1 (swine) flu virus crippled the country’s tourism industry and resulted in record low hotel occupancy rates, Mexico City’s tourism is slowly rebounding. To help get tourism back to its pre-“aporkalypse” levels, the Mexico City Tourism Ministry is unveiling a new plan that officials hope will help convince people that it is safe to visit.

Any tourists who stay in one of Mexico City’s hotels will receive free health insurance. Under the plan, tourists are covered for not only treatment of the H1N1 virus, but also for any other disease or accident they suffer from while staying in Mexico City. Prescription drugs, emergency dental care, hospital stays, and ambulance transportation are also covered. There’s even assistance in case of robbery, luggage loss, or the delay or cancellation of a flight.

Mexico City normally welcomes around 7 million (international and domestic) visitors each year. When news of the H1N1 flu broke, tourists began to disappear and hotel occupancy rates plummeted, reaching as low as 5% in April, according to USA Today. Now they are around 59%, but the industry is still feeling the pinch. Officials hope that the offer of free health insurance may help sway those who were considering a trip to Mexico, but were concerned about the risk.

 

 

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