The kidnapping of four US citizens in the Mexican state of Matamoros on March 3, and the killing of two of them, once again highlighted the air power in the state of Tamaulipas, on the border of the United States.
Tamaulipas is on the US State Department’s “do not go” list, due to crime and plagiarism. “Criminal groups attack public and private passenger buses, as well as private cars that travel in Tamaulipas, often capturing passengers and demanding a ransom,” the State Department notes.
the arena of criminals
Over the past decade, Tamaulipas has become an arena for drug-trafficking organizations and other criminals, waging wars for territorial control and terrorizing the population. They also make many plagiarisms for ransom. The Gulf Cartel, one of the main drug trafficking entities, operates in the city of Matamoros. The Gulf Cartel apologized for the deaths of two Americans, a man and a woman, and turned five of its members over to local authorities. The kidnapping also killed a Mexican citizen who was passing by and was hit by a stray bullet, said Ken Salazar, the US ambassador to Mexico.
They took four Americans – two men and two women – from South Carolina to the city of Matamoros, in Tamaulipas, apparently “to buy drugs in Mexico,” according to the president of that country, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. But relatives of the victims said the woman who survived, Lativia Washington McGee, went to Matamoros to undergo medical surgery with two friends and my girlfriend.
The tragedy in Tamaulipas also highlighted the medical tourism that many Americans take and which can sometimes lead to danger.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, about 1.2 million Americans traveled to Mexico each year for medical treatment, said Josef Woodman, executive director of Patients Across Borders, a company that publishes a guide to medical treatment. Currently, Woodman said “the market is recovering quickly in Mexico, close to the level before the pandemic”.
Americans who cross the border may cross the border to purchase drugs or medical or dental needs. And also, the constant pressure of the marketing blitz, the cult of physical beauty and the hypersexual image, to undergo surgeries that will improve their appearance, for a fraction of what it would cost them in the United States.
This medical tourism is driven by the highest cost of medicine in the United States of America, where there is no public health system, where the prices of drugs and treatments are not regulated, where doctors and hospitals charge higher fees, where medical insurance companies – all private – charge high rates to their users. they are in charge by denying them many treatments or medications. The US health care system, where everything is private, excludes those who cannot afford the high costs; wherefore many seek abroad the assistance of medicine, which is denied at home. The tragedy of the four Americans in Matamoros once again highlighted this medical crisis in the United States. @mundiario
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