What is Medical Tourism? Approximately 14,000,000 people travel around the world in search of advanced medical procedures. In just the last ten years, the foreign income in Mexico for medical tourism has tripled, and Mexico is now the second leading destination on the planet for medical travelers – resulting in the creation of the Medical Tourism Advisory Council. This agency is responsible for uniting essential public and private figures (as well as public organizations) to establish a policy that will boost this growing source of revenue for Mexico’s struggling economy. Medical Tourism in Mexico is making an effort to directly compete with specialized medical procedures performed in more developed countries. This strategy is wise for Mexico, as they are tapping into a $60 billion industry that is only growing.
Where to Go For Medical Tourism in Mexico
Various treatments, surgeries, cosmetic enhancement, eye care, and dental work have become the primary medical reasons for people in the United States and worldwide to travel to Mexico. The most popular states for medical tourists are Yucatan, Sonora, Nuevo Leon, Jalisco, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosi, Baja California, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Mexico City, and Puebla. These areas offer the most desirable combination of medical experts and R&R.
Obstetricians represent the highest percentage of specialists in Mexico, followed closely by surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, and internists. Mexico boasts over 120 General Health Council certified hospitals. Also, numerous smaller clinics licensed by the Pan American Health Organization.
Why So Many Americans Become Medical Tourists
The United States is Mexico’s main point of interest in expanding its medical tourism industry. The US accounts for approximately 40% of global health care costs. Additionally, the current US government administration is working towards repealing the Affordable Care Act. This repeal could leave as many as 20,000,000 American citizens without health coverage.
Many industries depend on thriving medical tourism to stay functional, such as laboratories, transportation, global tourism, and hospitality. Border cities, such as Tijuana, are currently working towards providing medical service. This plaza will contain a hotel as well as a medical center. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.