One of the first things people ask me when I start talking about retirement in Mexico is: “Yeah, but can you get good healthcare there?” I understand the concern. After all, in our later years, we want to know we will be well taken care of and we have the support we need to live a long and healthy life. Thankfully, healthcare in Mexico is often better than the healthcare we would receive in the United States.
Here’s What You Need to Know About Healthcare in Mexico:
It Is Less Expensive Than Healthcare in the United States
One of the best perks of living in Mexico is the inexpensive healthcare. Overall you will find it to be approximately half of what you’re currently spending in the United States for all of your healthcare costs. Doctor visits typically cost between $30-$43, lab tests cost about a third of what they do in America, and an overnight stay at the hospital costs less than $100.
Prescription drugs are also a lot cheaper. You may have heard stories of people driving down to Mexico to get their prescription drugs for much less. Well, the stories are true. Those living in Mexico can enjoy prescription drugs for half of what they would cost in the United States. Even major surgeries, dialysis, and 24-hour care cost only a fraction of what it would in the United States.
The cost of every visit and surgical procedure is often less than the amount you would pay after insurance in the United States. That fact alone is why so many Americans can retire earlier than they would have been able to in the United States. With healthcare being a chief concern for those of retiring age, it’s no wonder Mexico has become such a popular destination.
There Are Great Hospitals & Well Trained Physicians
There are so many wonderful physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, dentists, and plastic surgeons that provide healthcare in Mexico—most of whom are also bilingual. In Cabo San Lucas, Hospiten Cabo San Lucas features laboratory services, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, and complex surgical procedures including neurosurgery, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, and emergency trauma procedures. They have many amazing doctors, many of whom received their medical degrees from the United States or Canada.
H+ Hospital is newer to the scene. Featuring state-of-the-art medical technology, newborn care facilities, a neonatal intensive therapy unit, and more than 70 doctors from all over the country, they provide some of the finest medical care in all of Mexico. Best of all, they accept national and international health insurance. The doctors here even make house calls!
Personally, I have a local physician I see for annual checkups, and a dermatologist I see semi-annually. My primary care physician makes house calls, and I even have his cell phone number. With such good quality healthcare in Mexico (and for such an affordable price), it’s a wonder more people don’t retire here.