Though there are still issues in Mexico in terms of politics and social unrest, there is a huge number of people rushing to Mexico each year for medical tourism, mostly looking for cosmetic surgery and dental services. Resorts like Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun offer the chance to go through some light dentistry such as teeth-whitening and dental check-ups as well as cosmetic treatments like Botox and even vision treatments such as LASIK while at the same time getting to enjoy the beaches. That said, it is not recommended to undergo more complex surgeries.
According to the statistics released by the World Tourism Organization, Mexico us the second most visited country in the Americas after the United States and ranks among the most visited countries in the world. One of the most popular destinations in Mexico is the resort town of Cancun as well as the towns of Playa del Carmen and the eco-parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha. There is a huge wealth of Meso-American ruins and cultural legacy in Mexico, such as Tulum which is located south of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
It is estimated that between two hundred thousand and one million health tourists visit Mexico for healthcare reasons each year. This huge spike in health tourism has led to a push to reach international standards. As such, Mexico has had 8 JCI-accredited healthcare facilities in 2014. Huge improvements have been done in medical infrastructure and oversight in the last couple of years. As such, Mexico is now considered to be a major healthcare hub for the entire world, whose dental and medical tourism destinations rival those of Hungary and Thailand.
It is possible for medical tourists to save anywhere between 40 and 70 percent compared to the prices of the US. Health tourists from Britain and Canada are also attracted to Mexico in order to avoid long waiting times they face back home. Most of the health tourists visiting Mexico from the US come from Nevada, Texas, Arizona and Southern California.
Most noted services offered in Mexico are dental and cosmetic ones, though there have been massive improvements to the overall healthcare standards in Mexico, followed by the growth of new hospitals. As such, more and more choices become available to patients, especially in terms of orthopedics, weight loss surgery and even oncology. Hospitals such as San Jose Tec and Christus specialize in orthopedics while the OCA in Monterrey specializes in oncology.
The vast majority of medical travelers visiting Mexico are „short-haul“ visitors from the US states that border Mexico such as Nevada, Arizona, Southern California and Texas. They seek low cost cosmetic surgeries and dental services as well as orthopedic, weight loss and cardiac procedures. Some Mexican dentists even have dual offices in cities not far from the border such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego. Patients can receive diagnostics in such offices and get their treatments across the border. Hundreds of doctors and dentists that practice in Mexico are also US-board certified while others have received their training in Canada, Europe and the US.
Healthcare facilities such as Just Smiles in Puerto Vallarta, Ocean Dental in Cancun and Imagen in Monterrey are recommended for dental services. Visit Cosmed in Tijuana if you need cosmetic surgery and Hospital Angeles, also in Tijuana, if you need bariatric surgery and weight loss procedures.
Tens of thousands of people are enjoying the lifestyle benefits and lower costs as they return to the relaxed pace of resort towns in Mexico for checkups and follow-up treatments. A veteran cross-border patients has been quoted saying: „A three-hour drive across the border saves me $700 in physicals and dental work every year. That’s a no-brainer.“
There are some warnings that a would-be health tourists should heed. Though there are clear and obvious improvements in Mexico, the country still struggles with drug-related unrest and issues. It is recommended to check travel advisories during the trip planning phase. Once you arrive at your destination, make sure you follow the rules of the road, focus on your treatment and avoid heading off into the unknown to explore areas you are not familiar with. It is also recommended to avoid partying too hard, especially in resort and beach areas.
Save the partying for later as even the lightest dental and cosmetic surgeries can take their toll on you, requiring days and even weeks for you to recover. Make sure you have fully recovered and follow the instructions given to you by your doctor in order to have a successful and enjoyable medical journey.