Oh me of little faith. I thought I was going to walk in a farmacia and a medico would be sitting behind the counter. I would pay him and he would give me a certificate. NOT.
Up the stairs I trudged of a clinic next to the farmacia. The painted sign on the outside of the building simply said Medico. Upstairs there was some residential furniture and four closed doors. Hmmmmm. What to do? After a soft knock, a Dr. opened the door and he was a pediatrician and said "Uno momento." When he finished with his patient, he walked over to another door and knocked and another Dr. came out and said the same thing, "Cinco minutos".
He did come out eventually and a complete physical - height, weight, blood pressure, temperature, reflexes, eye exam all were completed in about ten minutes time. He asked my blood type and then typed on his computer a certificate of health that will allow me to go on Monday morning at 9AM, hopefully, to get a driver's license.
Cost for the physical - cien pesos - about $8 US. Such a deal. But, as I sat there I did think about what a hassle this would be if everyone in the USA had to have a physical to drive. Can you imagine? The medical system would be in a bigger mess then it already is and I can hardly imagine what it would cost for that same piece of paper.