Medical Tourism to Tijuana, Mexico is Growing in Popularity
There are thousands of people out there who have medical and dental needs which can become very expensive to have addressed. Even with medical coverage, some struggle to pay the monthly
premiums. Whether it be dental work, bariatric, plastic, cosmetic surgery or other options, expenses can stack up quickly and leave people in a very tight spot financially. Whether it be a hip replacement, dental care, cosmetic surgery, stem-cell transplants, etc…people are flocking to areas of Mexico such as Tijuana.
Here are some reasons why medical tourism in Mexico is becoming so popular:
It’s a Low-Cost Alternative
For years now, medical tourism has been growing in popularity as people save thousands on medical and dental expenses. Many who travel to undergo bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico with our company, for example, save roughly 70% on their surgery when compared to costs in the United States without insurance coverage. And even with insurance to cover surgery, some may still pay more for the surgery than if they went with us.
Another perk to medical tourism in Tijuana, Mexico is that patients can often be seen much more quickly. Those who schedule bariatric surgery with us can often leave for surgery as quickly as two weeks out or as long as they may need to save up and prepare for the procedure. It is, of course, recommended that our patients get approval from their primary care physician or seek out a physician who will support them and do their follow-ups after surgery.
Medical Tourism in Tijuana, Mexico is Becoming More Luxurious
Since it began, medical tourism to Tijuana, Mexico has greatly improved regarding accommodations and service. Now instead of only traveling to Tijuana to undergo a quick procedure, many in fact go to enjoy the sights and attractions. Excellent hotels are made available for patients to stay in at low prices before and after their visit for medical, cosmetic, or dental attention. There is in fact much room for growth in the area of medical tourism as it proves to serve as an excellent attraction for those from the United States, Canada, and even the UK.
The old horror stories of bad service and botched surgery or dangerous neighborhoods still do in fact strike fear in some. But there are support groups out there containing hundreds or thousands of former patients who can shine a light on what it is really like. We, in fact, have a support group for former and potential bariatric patients where many share their success, concerns, and true stories to help give a real look at what the experience is like.
Current and Projected Numbers
Roughly one million Americans do in fact cross the border every year into Baja California for affordable healthcare. And they can, in fact, expect an average of 40 to 60% savings on their treatment by doing so. Roughly 85% of Tijuana’s medical tourists travel from Southern California while others do in fact travel from other areas of the United States and even other countries.
It is expected that by the year 2020, the number of individuals seeking medical tourism in Mexico will be as high as 700,000. As the figures grow regarding people traveling to Mexico for medical purposes, the quality of centers and treatment will continue to grow to meet the demand.
Going forward, it will be interesting to see how the United States and other countries handle medical tourism. This growing industry has a great deal of potential if all continues to move at the rate it has been over the years.
Source: NBC Bay Area