In recent years, Mexico has been a popular destination for US citizens seeking health care. Its proximity to the United States and the relatively low travel costs, have been drawing Americans and Canadians. Numbered among these are also Mexican-Americans, who return home to their family doctor/dentist and save money.
It was initially famed for its dentistry and cosmetic surgery. However its orthopedic procedures now add to Mexico's attractions. With state-of-the-art facilities comparable to American hospitals, Mexico has become one of the premier destinations for US medical tourists.
The Healthcare System in Mexico
According to the World Health Organization Mexican healthcare system is ranked 61 in the world [source]. The private hospitals in Mexico are usually similar in quality and care to those in the United States. There are medical packages which offer accommodation and aftercare away from the urban areas and closer to the vibrant beaches.
Mexico's best hospitals and clinics are based in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
Many private clinics that cater for to Americans are located across the US border, in cities like Tijuana, Mexicali and Laredo.
Waiting times in Mexico are not a problem and are generally non-existent. There is also an option to save on prescription medicine for a quicker and smoother aftercare. Mexican costs of medicines are almost half those of the USA and Canada.
International patients in Mexico are offered their own private room and face-to-face personal interaction with their doctor or surgeon. Hospitals and clinics are equipped with up-to-date technology, well-trained doctors and 'on-hand' medical staff to cater to all types of medical tourists.
Mexico currently has 9 JCI accredited clinics and hospitals, such as the Galenia Hosptial. Several of these hospitals also have CSG Accreditation that is given by the General Health Council of Mexico.
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Common Treatments done by Medical Tourists in Mexico
Mexico is among the popular destinations for cosmetic surgery, dental services/surgery and general plastic surgery. Mexican hospitals have become popular lately for bariatric surgery for weight loss. This is an elective procedure which is not covered by some US insurers. The following are the popular treatments sought by medical tourists in Mexico: