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Mexico is the #1 Health Travel Destination for Americans
For Americans, Mexico is the #1 health travel destination in the world. Last year alone more than 50,000 Americans traveled to Mexico seeking everything from heart surgery, hip replacement, dentistry, fertility treatments and stem cell procedures. In particular, Mexico is widely recognized for its number of leading gastroenterology and cosmetic plastic surgeons.
In its study Medical Tourism: Consumers In Search of Value, Deloitte estimates the number of medical travelers is expected to reach 6 million per year in 2009. The growth is not surprising – the typical medical traveler receive outstanding quality health care at significantly lower cost over U.S. pricing.
For example, in Mexico, weight loss surgery ranges from $6,000-$11,500 vs. the $25-35,000 price tag in the U.S. Hip replacement is $10,000-$12,000, compared to $60,000+ in the U.S. A $100,000 angioplasty in the U.S. is $25,000 in Mexico – featuring a surgeon who regularly spends at least three months of his operating time in the U.S.
Mexico offers the additional benefit of having direct flights from many U.S cities, and most surgeons are fluent in English as well as Spanish. The hospitals that welcome medical tourists are sleek, modern affairs featuring amenities such as patient suites, sushi restaurants and a medical traveler concierge, while even newer, more sophisticated hospitals continue to be built:
* StarMedica hospital groups built 7 hospitals in last 5 years;
* AmeriMed opening 10 new hospitals by 2012;
* Grupo Angeles (largest private hospital group in Mexico) spending $700 million to build 15 hospitals in the next 3 years
Health Travel Guides works with providers located throughout Mexico, including featured provider Hospital Angeles Tijuana, Mexicali Health Care, and Star Medica.
Health Travel Guides is a proud board of directors member of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce