Many people are concerned about healthcare and its costs as they approach retirement age, and that concern only grows when it involves living in a foreign country full or part time. Read on for a brief overview of what you can expect from Mexico’s universal healthcare system, but keep in mind the most important takeaway is that excellent private health insurance in Mexico is available for a fraction of the cost you pay for insurance in the US. For example, I have Metlife Mexico, and I only pay around $1,000 per year! I’m still in my early 40’s, so I’m sure it gets more expensive as you age, but you’re going to enjoy some major savings…. Just think about what you could do with all of that extra money!
The Truth About Healthcare in Mexico
According to International Living, healthcare in Mexico is very good in general, and in places popular among expats, the quality of care is excellent. Most of the doctors and dentists in Mexico have trained in in the United States, Canada or Europe, and many U.S. doctors have also trained in Mexico.
Also, every medium to large city in Mexico has at least one first-rate hospital and on average, office visits with a doctor or specialist will cost between $30 and $50 (USD). You can also opt for a house call for about the same price, and lab tests cost about one third of what you will pay in the US, while an overnight stay in a private hospital room generally costs less than $100 (USD).
“Healthcare in Mexico is generally half or less than what you might expect to pay in the U.S.”, wrote International Living. “Prescription drugs cost, on average, about 50% less than the same drugs in the U.S”.
In major cities throughout Mexico you can also find affordable first-rate medical care for serious medical conditions, including dialysis, major surgery and live-in 24-hour care – all for just a fraction of what you would have to pay in the United States. In fact, there has been a sharp increase in medical tourism recently, with the number of Americans who travel to Mexico in search of affordable medical and dental care on the rise as health care costs skyrocket in the U.S.
For example, Mexico’s Riviera Maya region has a number of excellent hospitals, and there are also a variety of world-class healthcare options in Merida, which is just a few hours from Cancun. Encompassing more than 80 miles of Mexican Caribbean coastline south of Cancun, the Riviera Maya is one of the world’s top tourism destinations and also home to a thriving community of expats and foreigners who spend at least part of every year in this tropical paradise.
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