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Go South for Sun, Surf, and Surgery

By: Stephanie Thompson

Source: www.sandiegomagazine.com


Tijuana rolls out the red carpet for medical tourists, and San Diego could be in a position to reap some of the benefits

Baja California is booming, with tourists flocking south of the border for lobster tacos, secret surf spots, Napa-quality wines... and surgery. Yes, surgery. After a drop in 2008 and 2009, attributable to the recession, swine flu outbreak, and rising drug gang violence, medical tourism is back in a big way in Baja California. Tijuana is feeling the economic boost—to the tune of $46 million—and San Diego is reaping some of the benefits, too. 

Take Jim Byrne, for example. The 70-year-old retired sociologist from Gainesville, Florida, recently spent more than a month in San Diego, traveling across the border to have a new type of cataract surgery—just approved in Mexico but not yet available in the U.S.—done by Dr. Arturo Chayet at the Codet Vision Institute.




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