Every year, medical tourism in Mexico attracts up to 1M U.S. travelers

Published on : Tuesday, May 21, 2019

To Mexico, medical tourism is attracting hundreds of thousands of patients every year, explains an organization that advocates for trips like these.


U.S. and Canadian travelers are looking for reasonable medical services, dental care and cosmetic surgery, said Josef Woodman, the CEO of Patients Beyond Borders. Anywhere from 800,000 to a million U.S. citizens go every year, the organization estimates.


That figure, Woodman told Newsweek, is a “conservative estimate” and keeps out thousands of non-citizens and undocumented immigrants.


Of late, Woodman himself traveled to Cancun to get dental care that he had “long since neglected.” He paid around $4,010 for a procedure that would have cost $15,900 in the U.S., he said.


“So, I saved about $10,000,” he said. “And that is not unusual. You can save save a lot of money.”


As per Patients Without Borders, the savings can be as steep as 40 to 70 percent. The second one is more usual, Woodman said.


In Yucatan, Faro del Mayab, a dedicated private hospital due to open in September, will set up on Merida’s medical tourism infrastructure.


Faro del Mayab will be the seventh private hospital of Merida, and its patients are anticipated to travel far and wide to be there. It is promising a level of luxury, however for U.S. patients, it also assures to deliver value for money.


“That’s why so many Americans go down there, even after the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare,” he said. “Insurance companies have just figured out all these workarounds where, yes you’re insured, but you’re actually under-insured and you don’t realize it until something bad happens.”


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