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Having a Primary Care Physician in San Miguel

Dr Maxwell

By Melanie Lansing

Did you know that by having a primary care physician (PCP) in town you could increase your life expectancy by 30 percent or more, save 33 percent on visits to the emergency room, and experience 19 percent lower odds of dying than those who don’t have one?

“The Importance of Having a Primary
Care Physician”
By Dr. Robert Maxwell
Thu, Nov 10, 4–6pm
Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
100 pesos

Whenever we are sick, most of us simply go directly to whatever GP or specialty doctor is available that day; either to the cheapest doctor, to the one recommended to us, or directly to a drugstore for a prescription.  We don’t consider the incredible value of being cared for by someone who knows us well and understands both our health issues and personal values. We also often overlook the importance of continuity of care, which has proven to lower mortality, hospitalization, and emergency room service rates.

On Thursday, November 10, Dr. Robert Maxwell will present a lecture on “The Importance of Having a Primary Care Physician” geared for residents, snowbirds, and future residents of San Miguel. In this one-hour lecture, Dr. Maxwell will explain how integrated health care works, provide examples of the risks of not having a doctor/quarterback overseeing your medical care, and what qualities to look for in a local PCP. A 30-minute question and answer period will follow the talk.

Dr. Maxwell has been practicing medicine in San Miguel for 30 years. His specialty is emergency, critical care, and cardiopulmonary medicine. He did a fellowship in cardiology and critical care medicine at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Maxwell is very committed to giving back to the community.  He volunteers his medical services to many projects including:

-CENCRE (now CRISMA) Centro de Rehabilitación Infantil de San Miguel.

-Mexican Red Cross (25 years)

-Free orthopedic surgery clinics for children (14 years)

-Free foot care clinics Texas Podiatric Association

-San Miguel Tourism Board

In 2017, Dr. Maxwell also plans to establish a free clinic for reconstructive breast surgery for breast cancer survivors and cataract surgery for low income individuals.

We invite you to come meet Dr. Maxwell on Thursday, November 10, and learn from his vast experience in coordinating and providing medical care in San Miguel.

The Primary Care Physician lecture is from 4 to 6pm in the Sala Quetzal at the Biblioteca. We ask people to RSVP beforehand. Please email or call  415 108 0810 (Mx Cell) or Vonage 971 327 7187 to notify us of your participation. Cost of the session is 100 pesos.

The Medical Lecture Series is presented by Peace of Mind in San Miguel and H+ Hospital San Miguel. Every second Thursday of the month, local board-certified doctors will offer key information on how to treat and prevent chronic illness, accidents, and common ailments.

Peace of Mind in San Miguel is a community service project created by Melanie Lansing and Clementina Beas, who are devoted to raising awareness among the English-speaking community on how to be prepared for medical emergencies in San Miguel.


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