Mexico Healthcare Costs: The Sobering Truth

No matter if you spell it healthcare or health care – it’s one of the most important areas of our lives.

A lot of

people

have asked

me about

the cost of health care

in Mexico

Affordable, quality health care is one of the primary reasons more and more people are choosing to retire in Mexico. Quite frankly they simply cannot afford quality healthcare in the U.S. 

Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard stories from vested interests that would paint Mexico’s healthcare system in some very unflattering colors.

Health care or Healthcare

Bright colors of Mexico

But before you make a decision based on what you may hear or see on TV, you should ask real retirees who have been the recipients of low cost, affordable healthcare — in Mexico. 

I can tell you honestly: If I had to go to a dentist in the U.S. to get my dental work done, I would be TENS of thousands of dollars in debt. Fact.

Am I exaggerating? Certainly not. And thankfully, I have a beautiful smile for a fraction of the cost of what I would have paid an expensive dentist in the U.S. 

The quality of dental care that I get in Mexico meets and exceeds the quality I used to receive (but can no longer afford) in the U.S. 

But I digress.

As I was

saying: Health

care in Mexico

is surprisingly

affordable.

Here are some random prices from private clinics in Chetumal — down on the “tail” of Mexico –south of Cancun – in U.S. dollars:

  • Private room in a hospital, $50 per day
  • Exam and consultation with a specialist, $15
  • Ultrasound or X-ray , $15
  • Oral surgery, $50 per tooth
  • Porcelain filling, $30 each.
  • Teeth cleaning, $25
  • Emergency room treatment, $15
  • Exploratory abdominal surgery and appendectomy using video laporoscopy.
  • Four-day hospital stay in a private room, all fees of the surgeon and the anesthesiologist, and medication. $1,200.

The professionals who practice their profession in Mexico after studying abroad hoping to make their country better is one reason the health care system is so friendly.  

Healthcare / health care article by Barbie

On Facebook? Comment on this post...

comments

9 Responses to Mexico Healthcare Costs: The Sobering Truth

  1. RICK VARGAS

    November 24, 2009 at 11:59 am

    SO IF I AM A DIABETIC INSULIN DEPENDANT WHAT TYPE OF INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR MYSELF?SORTA CONFUSED ABOUT NO COVERAGE FOR THIS CONDITION AND IF NOTHING AVAILABLE THAN THERES NO REASON FOR MY WIFE AND I TO RETIRE IN MEXICO.

    Hi Rick, The option you may want to check up on is private insurance in Mexico. That way, usually even with diabetis, which may not be covered for the first year (usually), you can get through and then you will be covered. The way to pursue this is to contact an insurance agent in Mexico, fill out the forms, and see what they have to say. Best to you, Barbie

  2. Sarah McCoy

    December 8, 2009 at 11:02 am

    My husband is suffering from arthritis of his entire body including gout, fibromialgia, swelling, neck and shoulder pain and takes oycontin 80mg. My question to you is: if we move down there to Mexico will he be able to get the medications he needs? Thank you

  3. Lowell Dean

    December 8, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Barbie: I have read somewhere previously about a health care (insurance ?) plan that one can buy for about $20 per month. Is that still available?

    Hi again, Lowell, The Mexican health insurance will run you just a bit more than that – closer to $25 a month. IMSS available to anyone who lives in Mexico.
    Bartie

  4. Paulo Yberri

    December 30, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for sharing your personal experience of the high quality of healthcare that is available in Mexico. As more Americans struggle to find affordable healthcare, they will learn that traveling south of the border is a valid option.

  5. Barbie

    Barbie

    February 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    HI, Sarah:

    Yes, you’ll be able to purchase the medications. But, remember, American health insurance does not transfer to Mexico. Medicare benefits are not available in Mexico. That being said, prescriptions are very, very reasonably priced in Mexico.

    Barbie

  6. Ron Karch

    April 26, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Hi Barbie, always good to hear from you in your newsletter. My wife and I recently returned from Puerto Vallarta.I had a bout with gout the first day there, went to a local clinic, the Dr. prescribed a steroid, and topical ointment, all for less than $15.00!! and the gout was history in 4-5- days..we are going back for 4 months this winter..I’m a believer in Mexican Health Care.

  7. Barbie

    Barbie

    April 26, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Giving you a big smile :) Barbie.

  8. time billing software

    June 23, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I just find it hilarious that I asked the other day for cons to provide me with evidence that your average person is comng from all around the world to the US for health care to which they could not and then it was a violation apparently. Yet here is evidence to show many Americans are leaving the US for health care.

  9. Tommy

    February 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I’m retiring in Mexico or some other warm country south of the border. It’s not that I can’t afford medical costs in the US, it’s that I’d rather spend my money on other things. Health care is no longer affordable.

    If Obama didn’t want to name it the Affordable Care Act, he shouldn’t have picked the name “Affordable.” Furthermore, the Democrats pushed this bill through without any input from anyone besides themselves and their own lobbyists.

    If it doesn’t work, blame is 100% on the Democrats since they wrote the bill and passed it without reading it without any support or input from anyone else.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *