The United States has a reputation for providing some of the best medical care available in the world today. But advancements in medical science and technology are not unique to the US alone. The same procedures, surgeries, training, diagnostic tools, and more are all made available throughout the world, for any medical professional.
In fact, most of the world has access to the same exact medical strategies used in the United States today. What they do not have is the cost. The United States has the single highest cost of medical care in the world. It is double Canada, triple the United Kingdom and Japan, and 40% more than the next most expensive medical care: Norway.
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Myths About Medical Tourism
We often associate paying more with better healthcare. But the truth is that the cost of healthcare in the United States has nothing to do with better care. That is why many people seek out what’s known as “medical tourism” or “medical vacations.”
More and more people are traveling to other countries to get the same healthcare – or better – for a fraction of the cost of the United States. Mexico has become especially popular as a medical tourism destination, as both the medical costs and the costs of travel are less than other countries and a fraction of medical care expenses in the United States.
Yet the idea of medical tourism in Mexico, for example, often comes with doubt or hesitancy. That’s because there are many myths about medical tourism in Mexico, and other countries, that exist in the United States Today:
- Myth 1: Mexico is Not As Advanced as the United States – Mexico has all of the latest technology, access to top tier medical programs both in Mexico AND in the United States, and an excellent healthcare system in most big cities. Some small farm towns in Mexico are without adequate healthcare, but there are also hospitals throughout Tijuana, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and more that are comparable to the best hospitals in the United States.
- Myth 2: Mexican Doctors Are Not Well Trained – Doctors in Mexico are trained at some of the world’s leading medical institutions. Doctors and surgeons go through rigorous training protocols that are identical to those in the United States, including medical school, residency, and years of practice. Many of the medical schools in Mexico offer training by United States doctors and surgeons, and many doctors currently in the United States receive their medical degree from Mexico universities.
- Myth 3: Hospitals Are Different Than the United States – This is true, because in many ways they are better. Surgeons at Mexico Bariatric Center treat only 3 patients each per day, compared to the United States where surgeons treat as many as 5 to 8. That means more attention and more care than you would receive in the USA.
Health travel in Mexico is higher than it has ever been, with excellent success rates. More and more medical patients, whether they need plastic surgery, bariatric surgery, or some other type of medical care are finding that they can receive that car for a more affordable price by traveling to Tijuana, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, and more.
Excellent Medical Care vs. Sensationalism
Medical tourism – especially to countries like Mexico – sometimes receives a bad reputation because, just like everywhere else in the world, there are those that try to take advantage of those in need. This happened recently when a news story reported on a surgeon in Mexico that was juggling over 16 patients per day, and was ultimately giving some of them unacceptable levels of care.
These stories are tragic, and paint a picture of medical tourism that can persist for years to come. But these same stories exist in the United States. The difference is that the media reports on the person performing the illegal activity in the United States, and on the country that the procedures were performed in when the procedure was performed abroad.
Mexico Medical Tourism – A Great Choice for Medical Care
Whether you’re looking for affordable bariatric surgery, or you simply need some type of common medical procedure, often you can receive the same level of care for significantly less than it costs in the United States simply by traveling across the border.
If you are in need of affordable Mexico bariatric surgery or plastic surgery, please do not hesitate to contact us today, and learn more about our surgeons, staff, and what is included in your medical vacation.