According to the State Department, millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that organized criminal groups have targeted U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality.

Medical procedures always have a risk of complications; in the same way you choose a trusted healthcare provider in your home country, there are several things you can do before traveling abroad for care. You may consider purchasing a medical travel insurance and working with a medical travel facilitator. Asking a family member or friend to travel abroad with you can also prove to be a valuable resource. Most importantly, you should:

Consult with a doctor at home and find out whether you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.

Research the procedure so you understand how to prepare and what to expect after treatment.

It depends on where you live and which procedure you’re planning to have done abroad. If you’re insured in the US, you may be eligible for a reimbursement of your medical treatment costs. Some health insurers in the United States also cover treatment abroad, be sure to call your health insurance provider to check in with your coverage plan.

If you have complications with your medical treatment, you should get in touch with your treating physician for follow-up care. If you have already returned to your home country, contact your general practitioner and if necessary, ask for a referral to a specialist. Some patients choose to purchase a medical travel insurance prior to their treatment abroad.

If you go to a clinic or hospital with experience treating international patients, it is very likely that both doctors and nurses will speak English. Most of these hospitals also have a medical translator and interpreter service.

You should ask your destination hospital or clinic about follow-up care before making the decision to go abroad. Generally speaking, the doctor will advise you on how long you should stay in the hospital, how long you should wait before travelling, and discuss your follow-up care options, such as scheduling a nurse visits to your hotel. Additionally, a medical travel facilitator can also help you arrange follow-up care, both at the destination and in your home country.

This depends on the type of procedure you’re getting, your general condition, and how long your flight home is. For most surgeries, you should be fit to fly within a week. However, some procedures have a longer follow-up time, such as cochlear implants which are switched on several weeks after surgery. In particular, surgeries of the eyes (vitrectomy), ears, abdomen, and vascular system should wait long enough before flying. The changing cabin pressure can cause Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), particularly if you’ve had lower limb surgery.

The difference in medical treatment cost varies widely by country and type of medical procedure. Some medical tourists find that they save up to 80% on their dental care. A procedure pricelist or cost calculator can give you a good ballpark estimate, but it is important to ask for a personalized treatment costs estimate from your treating doctor ahead of time. Each patient is different, and your medical history may require a special treatment plan. Not every medical tourist travels in order to save money – a number of people go abroad for access to the best specialists or to reduce their waiting times.

Do your research! Find out who your doctor will be, get a personalized treatment plan and quote. If you’re not sure where to start or would like to speak to someone, consider contacting us.

If you are having treatment in Mexico, and you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a passport. You can return to the U.S. using a U.S. passport, a passport card, a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST, or an enhanced driver’s license.

See the complete list of WHTI-compliant
documents: http://www.dhs.gov/files/crossingborders/travelers.shtm

You will stay in a comfortable, private hospital room for as long as your doctor deems necessary. The length of stay depends on the type of treatment you have had. Additionally, when cosmetic surgery patients are discharged we often ask them to stay in a nearby hotel so that we can pay close attention to their progress and are available on short notice. Some patients also choose to stay at a nearby hotel to have stitches taken out or for their medication to be reviewed, although this can normally be carried out at the patient’s home doctor’s office. Please discuss the length of your hospital stay with your case manager who will be happy to help explain the different treatment requirements.

Your case manager will guide you every step of the way during your hospital stay. They will also be available and in regular contact with you once you return home to make sure you are making satisfactory progress. The selected network of Medxico doctors, surgeons, and nurses are highly skilled and experienced in their specialty areas. Our physicians have trained in Mexico as well as the U.S..Our patient services, medical expertise, advanced technologies, and luxurious facilities make travelling to Mexico the ultimate medical tourism choice.