Healthcare is a key concern for most immigrants, fortunately, every Mexican consulate now offers free healthcare services through a program called Ventanilla de Salud. Services include confidential examinations and recommendations for improving your physical and mental wellbeing.
The Ventanilla de Salud program is sponsored by Mexican Consulates and provides free healthcare for immigrants regardless of status. Below you’ll find further information on what the program is and how to access it.
What is the Ventanilla de Salud program?
The Ventanilla de Salud program offers free healthcare for immigrants from Mexico. It’s funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Institute for Mexicans Abroad and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The program makes available 51 Ventanillas in 49 Mexican Consulates across the U.S.
Under the Mexican constitution, Mexicans are guaranteed the right to free healthcare. This includes free healthcare for immigrants in the U.S. – provided through the Ventanillas program. Of course, there are limitations to what the program is able to offer as the Ventanillas are not full healthcare facilities, but they’re a great resource for providing healthcare resources and direction.This initiative is aimed at strengthening disease prevention for Mexican families, providing information on how to use public health services, and reducing the use of emergency services in collaboration with local agencies.
How can I get free healthcare at the Ventanilla de Salud?
This program provides free healthcare for immigrants regardless of their immigration status. You’ll just need to call your nearest consulate and book an appointment. Keep in mind that not all Ventanillas at consulates offer the same services, so check with your consulate to find out what they offer.
What healthcare services does the Ventanilla de Salud program offer?
The Ventanilla de Salud program provides free healthcare for immigrants, including services such as:
- Primary healthcare for immigrants, as well as preventive screenings.
- Cancer screenings.
- Preventative healthcare through information, education and high-quality referrals to programs offering free healthcare for immigrants.
- Referrals to clinics, health centers and hospitals where immigrants can receive low-cost healthcare services regardless of their immigration status.
- Education about the most common diseases affecting the Hispanic immigrant population and recommendations for staying healthy.
- Information, enrollment and renewal of public health programs based on eligibility, especially for children and pregnant women.
- Diagnostic services in mobile clinics, enrollment events for public health programs, referrals to nutrition programs, and more.
The Ventanilla de Salud program will also support you if you suffer from chronic illnesses or need occasional prescription medications. In this case, you’ll receive a preventive diagnosis and be connected to low-cost programs where you can continue treatment, get medications and schedule regular check-ups. There are a number of free or low-cost options with healthcare for immigrants.
One advantage of using the Mexican consulate’s free healthcare for immigrants service is that you’re not only helping your family stay healthier but you’ve also got peace of mind as all their services are completely confidential.
Don’t hesitate to check out the Ventanilla de Salud at your nearest consulate and take advantage of all the benefits offered!
How can I get in touch with my nearest Ventanilla de Salud?
When using a Ventanilla for the first time, we recommend making an appointment. For example, if you live in one of the five boroughs of New York, you can call 1 844 692 4692 or visit the website for the Consulate General of Mexico in New York.
Likewise, you can make an appointment at other locations and contact them with any questions - Here is a contact list of the Mexican Consulates in the U.S.
If your location isn’t listed, you can call the Mexican Embassy in the U.S. at 877 210 9469 to get the contact information you need.For those living in Nevada, we recommend getting in touch with R.E.AC.H. (Research Education and Access for Community Health). They offer information about free healthcare for immigrants in Nevada and advocate for discrimination-free and low-cost healthcare.