Despite concerns about crime in certain areas of the country, the medical tourism industry in Mexico is experiencing significant growth, reports Patients Beyond Borders
In 2022, about 1.2 million US citizens traveled to Mexico for elective medical treatment and this number is expected to increase. Mexico's appeal as a medical tourism destination can be attributed to affordability, quality of care, convenience and amenities. Mexico also boasts a pool of highly skilled doctors and nurses, contributing to the trust placed in its medical professionals.
Mexico's popularity in medical tourism is linked to the significant cost savings it offers compared to the US and Canada. For example, cardiac bypass surgery in Mexico costs about US$27,000 but as much as US$144,000 in the US, representing an 81% difference in price. Additionally, the quality of care in Mexican healthcare facilities is ensured through accreditation by the Joint Commission International, among many other medical and hospital boards.
The close proximity of Mexico to the US and Canada makes it a convenient choice for patients seeking medical care. Many hospitals and clinics in Mexico also employ English-speaking staff, facilitating communication between healthcare providers and patients. Moreover, Mexican private healthcare facilities that cater to medical tourism often go beyond providing medical services by offering additional amenities such as spas, gyms and restaurants.
José Luis Elizoldo, Founder and Partner, Wellmedic, highlights that Mexico's medical tourism is not solely about attracting foreign patients but also showcasing the country's first-class doctors, leveraging the country’s cultural richness, natural resources and gastronomy.
The medical tourism industry in Mexico has evolved from primarily focusing on cosmetic surgeries to encompassing the entire medical process, from diagnosis to recovery. In light of this trend, Gabriela Clavel, CEO, Abeile Med, emphasizes the importance of universities preparing students in medical tourism, urging industry stakeholders to make the sector a key differentiator for Mexico.
As the demand for affordable and high-quality healthcare continues to rise, Mexico's thriving medical tourism industry is poised for further growth, attracting patients from around the world.