6 Reasons why Medical Tourism is Safe in Mexico – Health Itinerary

5 reasons why Mexico is a safe destination for Medical Tourism:

Medical Tourism in Mexico

The questions every ask if you ever think to have a procedure done in Mexico “Is Mexico a safe destination?”

Many people in the US and Canada who ask this are interested in getting to learn more about medical tourism. About any procedure done in Mexico will cost half what would cost in the US, a procedure like a facelift of a gastric bypass can be done for less than 9,000 USD.

But I want to you to be sure of this before you make a decision, that is why I will give you 6 Reasons why Medical Tourism is Safe in Mexico, with special focus in Merida safest city in Mexico.

The first step we will talk about overall safety in Mexico which applies to all tourist including medical tourist. Then we´ll talk a bit about why specifically medical tourist is safe in Mexico.


Here are 5 reasons why Mexico is a safe destination for Medical Tourism:

1. A Growing Number of Tourists Visit Mexico Every Year

In 2018, over 42 million tourists visited Mexico, and they are expecting to increase around 10% each following year, due to the new announcement of the Project of the Train Maya that will cover all the Yucatan Peninsula connecting a lot of new touristic sites and cities. Mexico is one of the ten most visited countries in the world. A country that wasn´t all that safe would not have such a healthy tourism industry and some many people visiting it every year.

2. Mexico’s Economy is Getting Very Strong

For many years, Mexico has benefited from increasingly better economic policies and governance. This has boosted free trade which in turn has enabled the country’s economy to evolve brilliantly over the years. In fact, medical tourism in Mexico is an important part of the country’s economy.

Consider the fact that 46 countries over the world have signed a tariff-free trade agreement with Mexico. And did you know that Mexico is one of the world’s few “trillion-dollar” economies? This increasingly healthy economy is a valid and strong indicator of the overall safety and stability of this country.

3. Most Violence is Related to Drug Gangs and Doesn’t Affect Tourists

The most widely reason for Mexico being unsafe is the drug-related violence. The gangs focus on each other, and don´t target tourist. Almost none of the tourist are affected even in the slightest way by these activities, like in any other part or country in the world there are places with more violence than others and places that you should avoid, most of the touristic places are safe from drug violence.

So, while you may see wild depictions of violence in Mexico, often blown out of proportion in movies, TV shows etc. the average tourist to Mexico has a pretty safe and enjoyable time here.

4. More Expats are moving to Mexico each year.

For decades, expatriates from Canada and the U.S. have been crossing the border into Mexico looking for something better.  Their reasons vary, but among them are less taxation, more personal freedoms, a lower cost of living, a higher quality of life, warmer weather, and a slower pace.

In fact, there are more U.S. residents living abroad in Mexico than in any other country in the world.  Recent estimates by the U.S. State Department have the total number of U.S. expats living in Mexico nearing 1 million.  That’s up from only about 200,000 just a decade ago.  However, this number could be even higher.

5. Saving a Ton of Money, You Can Get World-Class Medical Procedures in Mexico

UGE SAVINGS! This is the biggest reason medical tourists head to Mexico is the chance to save money, a lot of it. Let’s look at the cost comparison of a couple of popular procedures for which people travel to Mexico:

Price of facelift in the US: USD $18,000

Price of facelift in Canada: CAD $23,000

Price of facelift in Mexico: USD $5,500 / CAD $7,000

Based on the average prices above you can easily save around USD $12,000 / CAD $16,000 on a facelift!

Price of gastric bypass US: Typical costs can run from $20,000 to $25,000, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Price of gastric bypass in Mexico at a top Hospital with a certified Doctor: USD $9,000 / CAD $ 12,000

You save: USD $11,000 / CAD $10,000

And we are not even starting with the saving on Dental Care, also UGE!

The best part is that whether you’re getting a facelift in Mexico or some other procedure, you don’t have to compromise on your health. It’s safe in that you’re not risking surgery in a sub-standard clinic. There are plenty of top-quality hospital and clinics in Mexico with brilliant surgeons and state-of-the-art facilities.

You can choose facilities like Clinica de Merida in the Merida Yucatan, and trust that you’ll be in safe hands as you undergo the procedure.

So, there you go. You now know Mexico is a safe destination for medical tourism. Thanks to all of the above factors, medical tourism in Mexico continues to grow and you can plan your medical holiday with confidence.

For more questions please email us at patriciacervera@healthitinerary.com


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