Dec 29, 2004, 1:02 PM
Post #6 of 25
Here's some more info to add to the collective wisdom. Our daughter, a 30 year old college student who had taught overseas had a medical policy with her employer. The insurer was based in Poland. While she was on the policy, she never had any major problems--just routine exams. She returned to go to school, and let her policy expire, and was looking for a new one.
Then she had a medical problem--an ovarian cyst. She had no insurance, and was advised to have a cat scan. US cost, $4,000. Prior to this they gave her an ultrasound at $500. Seeing where this was all leading we inquired about the surgery costs. We were quoted $15,000 to $20,000 for the surgery. Who knows what the other costs would be.
We decided to try Mexico's medical system. We had read a great deal about how good it was, and figured it couldn't be any worse that the U.S. care.
Her surgery cost was $3,800 USD total, which included everything except for four post operative shots which she has to take. The cost of the shots are $350 USD each in the Mexico, and $600 each in the United States.
I was with her through the consultations, operation, recovery and post surgery follow ups. My take on it was that the hospital, doctors, nurses, and care were much superior to what she would have received in the U.S. I would recommend anyone who thinks they have to go back to the U.S. for procedures to consider that option only if they have insurance which will only pay for the work to be done there. If someone does not have the insurance, or the deductables are sizeable, I'd suggest they seriously consider Mexico.