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Mexico City offers free healthcare

June 10, 2009

In the aftermath of the A/H1NI flu virus outbreak, which has claimed the lives of 106 people in the country and devastated tourism, hotel occupation is at just 27 per cent compared with more than 50 per cent during the same week last year. During the worst point of the outbreak, which has since spread throughout the world and infected thousands, hotel occupation sank as low as 9 per cent. The city government has decided to offer holidaymakers free medical insurance – whether it be to cover migraine, a broken bone or even emergency heart surgery.

To get things going again, the Mexico City government is hooking up every visitor with health insurance:

The city government announced that it would also launch a bank card for national tourists visiting Mexico City, which would give them an interest-free loan for purchases made in the capital and payable via monthly deductions from their salary. It is even working on a special coupons book to give tourists discounts ranging from between 10 per cent and 60 per cent at more than 1,000 businesses in the capital.

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