Obtaining Medical Care in Mexico
Did you know that many medical insurers in the state of California actually send patients to Mexico for some medical care where costs may be as much as 40% cheaper? Mexico has earned a reputation for quality healthcare at affordable prices. Research suggests that every mid-sized to large city in Mexico as at least one outstanding hospital or healthcare facility. For people who live in the U.S., Mexico’s healthcare costs are proving incredibly attractive, and more people than ever are crossing the border to seek treatments from one of Mexico’s many English-speaking physicians.
Mexico’s Healthcare Providers
Reports have asserted that Mexico’s doctors are comparable to those in the U.S. This may come as a surprise for many people, but the fact is that many U.S. doctors receive medical training in Mexico and many of Mexico’s doctors receive medical training here in the U.S. One of the most compelling factors associated with seeing a physician in Mexico is that, while the costs are much cheaper than in the U.S., the level of care is not diminished. Obtaining excellent-quality medical care from highly trained doctors at an affordable price has not only convinced some Americans to cross the border for medical care, it has convinced some–especially retirees–to move to Mexico altogether.
Mexico’s Hospitals and Clinics
Mexico is home to world-class hospitals and cutting-edge technology that attract people from all over Latin America as well as the United States. While there are a plethora of small-town clinics throughout the country, Mexico is also boasts a wide array of private and government hospitals that are home to renowned research departments. The quality of care in these facilities appears to be as high as one finds north of the border. Many patients assert that they actually prefer the humane care they receive in Mexico.
What You Need to Know When Seeking Healthcare in Mexico
If you are seeking medical care in Mexico, it’s best to check with your insurer about coverage. Some U.S. insurers partner with insurers in Mexico these days, so you might find that payment is hassle-free. On the other hand, you may need to pay out of pocket for care or present a credit card for your medical procedure. Even so, you can expect to pay far less for your healthcare than you will pay in the U.S.
If you need healthcare treatment in a hospital setting, you can expect that most doctors will be fluent in English. This is not always the case with nursing staffs, however. It’s a good idea to bring along an English-to-Spanish dictionary so that you can communicate your needs more easily with your nurse.
If you live anywhere near the U.S.-Mexico border, you likely already know several people who cross into Mexico to obtain healthcare. If so, be sure to gather information about preferred healthcare providers in the Mexican cities where you might visit to obtain healthcare. You won’t be alone of course. Medical tourism is thriving in Mexico–and with good reason. People can and do receive excellent medical care–and at prices they can afford.
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