The cost of health care and medical services here in Yucatan Peninsula is a bit hard to narrow down because there are so many different medical procedures so I will just give you an example. Three years ago, my wife had a hysterectomy and three other associated surgeries, for surgeries total. She had been having problems for a week or so and I said, “We have to see a doctor because you’re not getting any better and in fact, you’re getting worse.”
So I called the doctor and the doctor said that they need to do a blood test and several other tests so they would see what all the problems were. So my wife underwent a blood test, a urine test, and a slew of different tests, which I can no longer remember.
We went back to the doctor the following day and the doctor read the results. He said, “You need to have these problems fixed immediately so they don’t get any worse.” I said, “Okay, fine. When can we do it?” And he said, “Well, when do you want to do it?” I was kind of being a joker, so I said, “Well, how about today?” So he said, “Hang on…” He turned around, grabbed the phone behind his desk, got on the phone, talked for about 3 minutes, got off the phone, and he said, “The front desk has your wife checked in. She’s going into surgery tonight at 8 PM.”
They did the surgery, which took about 5 hours. Then my wife spent about four days in the hospital. They were monitoring her to make sure everything was okay, that there were no infections, etc. Then it came time for us to check out.
Here in Mexico, they do things a little differently. In Mexico, when you go to the hospital, you’re not allowed to leave until you pay the bill. If you can’t pay the bill, you have to stay in the hospital until you come up with the money, which took a little getting used to because in my opinion, all you’re doing is making the bill even higher. Anyhow, they told me how much my wife’s hospital bill was. I told them, “Okay, let me just run to the bank and withdraw the money.” I came back and paid the bill. For the four surgeries, all the tests, 4 nights in a private room (which was very nice with a leather couch right on the side of the bed where I stayed the whole time), the bill was around $3,100.
When we got back to the house, we called some friends of ours who are in the medical profession. My wife explained to our friends what all that was done to her in the hospital. The nurse who my wife was speaking with said, “Well, if you add a zero to that amount, possibly, you could get it done in the US, but probably not.” And the other thing that she said was getting one surgeon to do all four surgeries would never happen in the US. They would do one surgery, send you home, wait a week, schedule you back in, and your bill will just go up and up.
Another thing that my wife had done recently was a root canal and then she had a porcelain cap put in. The whole procedure cost about $300, which would cost well over $1,000 in the US. The dentist here did an excellent job.
(Merida Clinic, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, pictured.)