People come to Mexico for a number of activities: sunbathing, fishing, honeymooning, and pyramid-hiking are just some of the better known (and the most photogenic).
Americans and Canadians are almost universally surprised by the quality of the private hospital service in Mexico.
Take the chain “Hospitales Angeles” for instance. This is Mexico's largest hospital group and they operate 20 hospitals around the country (including one in Tijuana, where Americans constitute 40% of their clientele). They plan to increase the number by 15 more hospitals over the next few years.
A patient entering an emergency room at a Hospitales Angeles unit usually waits no longer than 10 minutes. The doctors are consummate professionals, and most speak fluent English.
For a less severe malady, patients usually spend less 30 minutes total inside the emergency room doors and a bill for maybe $40 or $50 dollars.
Another chain with some big muscle behind it is Grupo Star Medica, which is aiming to put itself at the head of the growing market for medical tourism. Star Medica and Carlos Slim, one of the world's richest men, are partnering to build hospitals that will focus on foreign patients. The group already has a center in Juarez--across the border from El Paso, Texas--and is planning new hospitals in northern locales like Tijuana, Mexicali, and Monterrey.
El Hospital San Jose, a Monterrey-based operation that was recently profiled by Bloomberg news, has performed everything from heart transplants to gastric banding. More than 90 percent of the doctors there have worked in the United States or Europe, which has helped make El Hospital San Jose one of the most prestigious hospitals in Mexico.
But it doesn't really matter where you go; there are first-rate medical centers from Mexico City to Guadalajara, from Tijuana to Cancun. If you're in a Mexican city, health care shouldn't be on your mind.
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Doctors in Mexico are highly trained medical practitioners and spend many years studying before they receive their license to practice medicine.
You will find a different culture of medicine in Mexico compared with the United States. In Mexico you will find that most doctors will take more time with you and they will make sure you understand what they are prescribing to treat your illness. You can still find doctors that will make house calls if that is necessary.
Mexico is famous for its medical schools and many American and Canadian doctors have studied there. Many Mexican doctors have spent time in the United States doing their internships there and they will speak both English and Spanish.
Going to Mexico for dental care is becoming increasingly popular for people who are looking to have dental work at a fraction of the price they would have to pay in the United States.
All of the larger Mexican border cities are attracting patients from the United States and the rest of the world because of the high quality of care and the low cost that is charged compared to the United States.
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4. Cosmetic Surgery
Mexico has become one of the top destinations for people from the United States and Canada to go to for plastic surgery.
The five most common types of plastic surgeries in Mexico are breast augmentation, liposuction, nasal surgery, eyelid surgery and abdominoplasty.
Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in Mexico is well known throughout the world and patients have come from most of the first world countries to Mexico to have these procedures done.
Tijuana, Chihuahua, Mexico City and Monterrey have developed reputations for providing excellent cosmetic surgery at prices that are sometimes more than 50% less than the United States.
5. Eye Care
Mexico has abundance of opticians and you should have no trouble finding someone to test your eyesight in most of Mexico’s largest towns and cities. You will be able to find local opticians that have been practicing for years and have a great deal of experience.
Most of the opticians that you’ll find in Mexico offer a complete eye-treatment service, from eye exams, to supplying glasses and contact lenses. Prices will usually be 30% to 50% less when compared to the United States.
Contact lenses are widely available in Mexico, including the monthly disposables. Daily disposables are available in fewer places and may need to be pre-ordered for later pick-up.
Laser eye treatment is available in Mexico by certified and trained Doctors that are able to perform this type of treatment.
Options for Eye Care in the Rosarito Beach Area:
6. Assisted Living
Assisted Living in Mexico has become a viable option for many retirees in the U.S. The quality of care that can be provided in Mexico can be superior to the United States because the workforce in Mexico is very dedicated and there is a compassion that can be found in the Mexican culture that will ensure that patients will be very well attended.
The Asociación Mexicana de Asistencia en el Retiro (AMAR) is the Mexican Association for Assisted Living that is a non-profit organization focused on providing quality of life for seniors planning on retiring in Mexico. The cost of assisted living and nursing home care in Mexico can be as little as 20% of the cost of the same care in the U.S.
Options for Assisted Living in the Rosarito Beach Area:
7. Medicare Insurance
Medicare Insurance for Americans is not available in Mexico "YET". Medicare recipients are closer now than they have ever been to being able to receive medical services in Mexico and have Medicare cover the costs.
The AMMAC (Americans for Medicare in Mexico) is working to bring together the people, organizations, expertise, and resources necessary to promote and obtain United States Congressional authorization.
1. Medicare Program savings will result, thanks to significantly lower healthcare costs in Mexico.
2. Improved health outcomes for seniors living in Mexico, who are likely to access care earlier when symptoms arise, and to have more frequent preventive examinations and care.
3. Stimulate and enhance improvements already underway in certain sectors of the Mexican health provider industry.
If you need to be close to the United States for Medicare reasons we suggest choosing a location that is close to the border like Rosarito Beach. It offers all the benefits of living in Mexico and the convenience of being only a short drive to the San Diego border.