Living healthy in Mexico: Insurance, health care and Mexico’s medical tourism – a resource page

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Some are surprised at the quality of health care in Mexico. But the climate, diet and openness to alternative therapies all contribute to healthy living. In addition, Mexico is recognized throughout Latin America as a leader in cutting edge medicine, with world class hospitals and health care professionals. For medical tourism, Mexico is the logical — and best — choice for people from the US, Canada and Europe.

Hospitals

Hospitals in Mexico range from small town clinics to third level government hospitals with prestigious research departments and cutting edge technology. The same can be said for private hospitals. In general, we have have found care here to be excellent and, in some ways, more humane than it is north of the border.

    • Private care The editor’s first experience with private hospitals was in 1978. Appendicitis necessitated a trip to Guadalajara’s Mexico-American hospital, where emergency surgery was followed by wonderful care.I discovered that private hospitals did not accept insurance policies from north-of-the border and required a patient to pay upon release. Sometimes this is still the case. They do, however, facilitate the paperwork for the patient’s reimbursement.More and more, private hospitals are accepting insurance policies for payment, but it is essential to ask at the time of admission or beforehand, if possible.Hospitals expect a family member or friend to stay in the room with you, and a couch or cot is provided.Many Mexican physicians do post-graduate training in Europe, the US or Canada and are fluent in English. Nursing staff tends to be less fluent in English. A dictionary tucked under the pillow isn’t a bad idea.
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