Generally speaking, healthcare in Mexico is very impressive, and in some cases, excellent. Private healthcare is growing rapidly, driven by increasing disposable income and popular demand for personal choice and ease of access to higher quality services. Healthcare costs are relatively cost-effective compared with its immediate neighbour the USA. The country is self-sufficient and manages all its health care funding requirements from domestic revenue sources.
Most of the healthcare practitioners in Mexico have been trained in western countries. Mid-sized and larger cities in Mexico have at least one first-rate hospital and the cost of healthcare is generally lower than one might expect to pay in the US. This being the case, a lot of North Americans travel to Mexico for simple dental work or minor surgeries. The same applies for prescription drugs. On average, prescription drugs that are manufactured in Mexico are about 50% cheaper compared to similar drugs manufactured in the United States.
The cost of medical care services varies by hospital, by physician, or by the seriousness of one’s condition.
For expats living in Mexico an international health insurance plan can ensure continued access to quality healthcare and avoid expensive medical fees. When assessing health insurance options, expats living in Mexico should consider including a repatriation plan.
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