The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, said:

Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

We’re taking his words to heart.

Although we wholeheartedly endorse the Dalai Lama’s wisdom, we (and our parents) also value the peace of mind of at least a minimum coverage of health insurance.  We are considering some high deductible, catastrophic event policies and are hoping to glean some knowledge from other cruisers or expatriates.  Any experiences with the Mexico health care system, opinions on the need for US insurance and any other additional wisdom would be greatly appreciated .