Medical Tourism in Mexico
- Written by Roisin Evans
Medical tourism in Mexico is particularly popular with people from the US and Canada due to the close proximity of the country.
When visiting another country for medical treatment it is vital for the patient to conduct careful research on the quality and success rates of the hospitals and teams they are considering. Techniques and accepted practices can differ greatly from place to place.
As well as the growing costs and decreasing availability of medical services in their home countries, medical tourists are driven by easy access to international travel, the rise of advanced treatments even in developing countries, and the careful attention they receive by governments eager for foreign revenues. These all apply to medical tourism in Mexico as the country's largest hospital network, Angeles Health International, is located in Tijuana which is just across the US border. The hospital boasts Stanford trained physicians and personal rooms and nurses are provided.
Many medical tourists find doctors in foreign countries have been trained in the west to standards matching those of their home countries. Individual rooms and a focus on their comfort and personal needs are another attraction. Some treatments not yet approved in the west can be located in other countries that are now promoting medical tourism. Numerous extremely modern facilities are being built in Mexico and other countries to cater to this new demand.
The latest studies demonstrate that today's medical travelers come from Europe, Canada, the United States, the Middle East and Japan. Incomes are rising quickly in oil-rich countries, enabling residents to choose where to go for their healthcare. Today the country of India is the leader in providing medical services for this kind of traveler. Exotic locations like Mexico are already popular holiday destinations and so often patient's friends and families will join them on their trip.
Complicated medical treatments like hip-replacements and heart surgeries are performed in increasing numbers. These, as well as "elective" procedures such as plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry and liposuction are proving more and more popular.
Some countries have the medical skills to rival the west, or even surpass it, particularly in areas such as stem cell procedures, alternative cancer treatments and ground breaking multiple sclerosis therapies. These services can usually be performed at a fraction of the cost of home-country treatments, and they increasingly employ highly-skilled and experienced surgeons.
Popular destinations for medical tourism now include Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, Malaysia and South Africa. Western countries are now also keen on offering some of these services, including: Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Spain. Turkey is also becoming known for its increasing expertise in cosmetic surgeries.
It is medical tourism in Mexico that offers some of the most advanced procedures available and this destination is also most suited to patients in the US and Canada due to the minimal travel involved. However, Angeles hospital sees patients from all around the world and does not restrict itself in terms of patients' home countries.