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Benefits of Medical Tourism

Posted in HealthCare Resources by Pam on November 17, 2011

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“Medical Tourism” is a big buzzword these days!  Described in Wikipedia: “Medical tourism (also called medical travel, health tourism or global healthcare) is a term initially coined by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly-growing practice of travelling across international borders to obtain health care. It also refers pejoratively to the practice of healthcare providers travelling internationally to deliver healthcare.” This can be anything from having cardiac bypass surgery to Botox to hip replacement all the way to having some minor diagnostic studies performed.

There are numerous reasons that people look to Puerto Vallarta for these types of services and procedures. Many Canadians have a very long wait for diagnostic studies such as MRI’s, CAT Scans and ultrasounds. A normal wait here is about twenty-four hours.  And when you are finished with your study, you will walk out with your results – no waiting! Folks from the United States might be uninsured at home and they are able to find substantially reduced rates for various surgeries than what they would pay out-of-pocket in the United States.  Or perhaps it’s a bit of a nip and tuck that is desired.  Breast implants to tummy tucks are less expensive here and performed in state of the art hospitals by board-certified and highly experienced plastic surgeons.

It is vital that the potential patient does his/her homework! Ask for previous patient references, perhaps check for a couple of different quotes and-or have a variety (or at least two) consults with different physicians. As well, remember that medical services are not like the “flea market”. Prices are pretty much firm and set and do remember, “cheap” does not always mean “good”.  A good physician/surgeon is going to require pre-op lab work, pre-op cardiac consult and not just take on an unknown person without a thorough medical check up and background information.

There are countless medical tourism companies throughout the entire world. Some are well established, responsible and top-notch. Some though, are not even familiar with the area where they will be sending you. If a person chooses to go through a medical tourism company, make sure the company is reputable and will be with you every step of the way. And these are businesses, so prices will be increased. That’s not necessarily a “bad thing”, but it is important to know ahead of time!

Medical tourism can be a real boost to the local economy. Restaurants, rental agencies, tour companies and hotels can all benefit by this unique “vacation”.

So, perhaps having a colonoscopy in between your beach time and margarita nights isn’t exactly what you would normally plan during your vacation. But the cost savings and very personalized and professional service might just be worth it!


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  1. Carlos Ayala said,

    Excellent article, congratulations. According to the Commonwealth Fund, 52 million Americans were uninsured in 2010. Medical Travel to Puerto Vallarta offers huge savings for the same treatment than in the United States.

  2. ELSA said,

    Great article, what a great service you are offering to turists, my admiration goes to you. You are right about the total cost here for a procedure being most times less than the deductible in the USA, and the plus side of all this is that you get taken care of it right away, even on the same day instead of waiting for months fighting with medical insurances to authorize the coverage of it or for the doctor to have time for you.. Turists should be informed of all these benefits offered to them, and of how good and medically advanced doctors and hospitals are here nowdays so they don’t feel aprehensive of having a procedure done in Puerto Vallarta. Congratulations on a magnificent job!

  3. Pamela Thompson said,

    Thank you!!!!!

  4. Scott Edwards said,

    With all those English speakers going to Puerta Vallarta, are there employment opportunities for registered nurses there?


  5. Thank you for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thank you once again.

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