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Health-care challenged Californians flocking to Mexico


The pharmacy business in Tijuana is still booming, despite crackdowns by the state to weed out illegitimate operators. - John Gibbins / Union-Tribune

 — About 1 million adult Californians seek health care in Mexico each year – and that figure is likely growing as the recession expands the ranks of the uninsured who are drawn to cheaper care south of the border, said the lead researcher of the first major report on the topic released Tuesday.

These people live from the Bay Area to San Diego County. Most come to Mexico for prescription drugs and dental care, and a smaller number go for surgeries. Beyond finances, other factors prompting individuals to head south include language and cultural barriers.  

Finish reading article here  http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/may/26/bn26border-mexico-medicine/?tijuana&zIndex=105902

 By Keith Darcé, Union-Tribune Staff Writer

6:43 p.m. May 26, 2009

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