We have been signed up with IMSS (Mexican national health insurance) for about 4 years and this year we began hearing all kinds of rumors about gringos being kicked off of the insurance, being told that it was mainly for working Mexicans.
So, when it became time to renew our insurance this month we were nervous, almost dreading going to the office and going through the renewal process.
Today we went.
No problem at all for us. The people at the 2 windows we had to go to were friendly and helpful even though we spoke very little Spanish. One woman said that I looked 20 years younger than what it said on my paperwork. She even touched my arms with her fingers and rubbed them on her arms (I hope this was a good custom).
The whole process took about 2 hours, including walking up to the Banamex at plaza caracol to pay our fees.
At the bank I miscounted the money for the fees (7200 pesos, 3600 each) and the teller gave me back the extra 200 with a smile. I said, "Una propina?" and he said, "Si." When he gave me the change for the whole transaction, he said, "Mas propina" and the teller next to him laughed.
Once again I let my fears rule for almost 4 weeks, dreading this process. What a waste of time.
I´m really surprised they didn´t ask you for an apostle birth certificate, because that is a huge issue with everyone at the Mezcales office...perhaps Nayarit has different rules than Jalisco. This new procedure has just come up and presents some big problems. You have to have the long form of birth certificate, get it stamped and authenticated and translated in spanish, according to what we have been told in Mezcales. None of this can be done down here. ugh. Nayarit forums have been buzzing about this for a few weeks.