Medical and dental tourism in Mexico is on the upswing. They’re working very hard. There are a number of hospitals scattered all over Mexico for medical tourism. Mazatlan (where I live) has one of them, and I’m sure Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Guadalajara, and other places have it.
Establishing a medical tourism industry is very difficult to do, it takes years. They are working to get a certain designation that, in order to qualify, the hospital has to pass inspection, and they look at all the credentials of the doctors, the food, and other things. It’s like if you want to start a school, you would have to get the proper licensing and some state agency would come and check your place and make sure that it was properly outfitted to have children. And once they can get all that done, the hope is, that there are people in Washington working diligently to finally allow those of American retirees to use our Medicare here in Mexico. It hasn’t happened yet but one day, it may.
There are companies in the US now that have finally figured out that they can literally ship their patients for a hip replacement or knee replacement, something other than a dire emergency, to here in Mexico, Thailand, or India to have the surgery. A hip replacement here in Mexico right now would probably cost you about $12,000, which would include a week in the hospital, instead of maybe the three days they would allow in the US, your aftercare, the whole thing. What would that hip replacement cost you in the US? Perhaps a hundred thousand dollars?
The healthcare here is pretty good. Here’s a perfect example. A little over a year ago, I thought I was having something wrong with one of my eyes, and I just happen to live next door at that time to an office building that had nice English- speaking ophthalmologist. I went to him and he said, “I think you got a tear in your in retina so I want you to go see the retinologist.”
The retinologist said, “Actually you have a tear in both of your retinas and we need to do laser surgery.” I waited and saw a retinologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who said, “Nope. No tear. No holes in your retina. You’re fine. You have macular degeneration but you don’t have a tear in your retina.” And so, there are some things I would try but others I would not.
Alternatively, just a few weeks ago I decided to have a little face work done, and the whole thing cost me 40,000 pesos, which at that time with the rate of exchange was about $2,500. I couldn’t have come close to that in the US. And this particular doctor here is very well known in the US and other parts of the world. She’s very good.