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Meet Doctor Pedro Lopez-Cueto

We love our physicians! Here’s a great urologist – he has a new Men’s Clinic called Anku which we will be featuring soon!

(Banderas News/PVNN, September 27, 2009)

Dr. Lopez-Cueto received his medical degree from the National University of Mexico. He completed residency training at the National University of Mexico and a laparoscopic surgery fellowship at Hospital Das Clinicas at Sao Paulo University in Brazil.

He has been in practice since 2002. He is a member of the American Urological Association, the Mexican Urological Association and certified by (more…)


General HealthCare Information: Choosing & Communicating with a Personal Physician

(General HealthCare Information, part 4)

Puerto Vallarta is very fortunate in that there are a wide variety of physicians, of all specialties. The only specialty that we do not have available is a rheumatologist and a pathologist. Unfortunately, any biopsies taken must be sent to either Guadalajara or Tepic, taking approximately five days for results. This, of course, delays a patient finding out if their biopsy is malignant or benign. Hopefully someday we will have a pathologist here, but in the mean time a wait is involved.

It is very important to establish yourself with a personal physician in the area. This makes it easier should a medical emergency arise. If you go to an emergency room, it is very important to tell the hospital who your physician is and request that he-she be contacted. Better yet, if there is time, contact the physician yourself prior or upon your arrival. (And (more…)

General HealthCare Information: Insurance Coverage — Inpatient Services

(General HealthCare Information, part 3)

Having insurance for “major medical”, for inpatient services is the one that people especially need to consider and have. True, services here are much less expensive than in the US BUT there is no such thing as free medical care here !

Insurance as a form of payment for inpatient services will only be consider with a MINIMUM of a 24 hour admission.

Upon admission to any private hospital in the area, the patient will be required to put down a deposit. This is like opening a tab at a bar. It doesn’t matter if they have insurance or not. Minimal deposit is 10,000 pesos. If it is an admission to the Intensive Care Unit, a surgery, anything major, then a larger amount will be required. This can be done with a credit card. At (more…)