Mexico Health System
Learn about the Mexican health system
In general, health care in Mexico is considered to be very good overall. There are two ways to evaluate Mexico health and Mexico medical options as they relate to you. Are you simply traveling to Mexico for a short period of time? Are you going there for a vacation? If so, what should you expect from Mexico health care and medical services when you are there? The second way to evaluate how Mexico medical services and Mexico health care can relate to you is based on a longer term outlook. Are you planning to move to Mexico or stay there for a long period of time? In this scenario, what can you expect? We will look at both situations and serve as a guide or a starting point for your own personal research.
Where are you traveling, where is your final destination in Mexico? If you are traveling to a larger city in Mexico, one visited often by tourists, you will find first rate Mexico medical services, top notch Mexico health care facilities, and competent health care officials. Many resorts in locations such as Cancun, Acapulco and the likes will actually have an on-site doctor or nurse to provide medical attention. In order to determine this, you would need to speak with the hotel or resort where you are headed to confirm this. If a more serious medical situation arises, these same destinations will have top notch modern day hospitals with highly trained medical staff to provide care for you. Many of the doctors have been trained in the USA and provide excellent care. There are USA based companies which provide temporary medical insurance for your travels, most of them require that you purchase at minimum 15 days of coverage. Covered items vary as well as the amount of coverage, and the deductibles. The insurance provider you select can better answer these details for you.
Here are some Mexico health tips for you when traveling:
- Fill in the emergency information on your passport.
- Contact the State Department and register your travel plans, this can be done here, https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/
- Leave copies of your itinerary and passport with friends and family.
- Drink bottled water while in Mexico.
- Thoroughly wash any fruits and vegetables you purchase in Mexico with distilled or bottled water.
- The emergency telephone number in Mexico is 066 (not 911). You do not need a phone card to call this number from a public telephone.
If you are planning to move to Mexico full time or spend longer periods of time in Mexico you should research in advance the Mexico medical and Mexico health care options where you are going to be. Many larger cities in Mexico have great health care facilities. Many of these Mexico health care facilities have the same advanced equipment that you will find in a hospital in the USA or Canada. Medical costs in Mexico are lower than what you would expect in the USA. Mexico medical tourism is a steady business. Many times the cost of Mexico health care depends on the procedure, the hospital, and the doctor. There is also an abundance of pharmaceuticals available in Mexico at a lower price than the cost in the USA