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The Benefits of Traveling
for Medical Care

There are so many reasons why people are choosing to travel abroad to receive the medical care they want. We’ll dive deeper into some of those benefits, so you can make an informed decision as to whether medical tourism is the right decision for you.

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One of the main reasons why people – especially those from the U.S. and Canada – travel abroad for care is the cost. In Mexico, the cost of living is much lower than it is in North America and other parts of the world. For many years, medical facilities in the area have had to fight off stereotypes that those who come here for medical treatments are getting “cheap” care. That isn’t the case at all. It’s just a matter of having a different economy.

Because the cost of living is less in Mexico, it allows providing quality medical services at a significantly lower cost than you might find in North America or Europe.

For the last several years, Mexico has had a budding emergence in the field of technology. As you might expect, that carries over to medical advancements. This allows us to have state-of-the-art technology for some of the most popular procedures at a fraction of the cost. Most of the procedures done in Mexico cost about 50% less than they would in the United States and Canada. Additionally, we are upfront and transparent regarding pricing, which is something many of our international patients aren’t necessarily used to.





Tourism At Its Finest

Medical tourism is about more than just going to a different country to have a procedure done. The “tourism” aspect of it is just as important and can provide patients with a sense of comfort and tranquility before and after their procedure.

Mexico pride itself on being a world-class destination for all tourists. If you’re here for a medical procedure, you’ll easily feel like you’re on a world-class vacation. You will be able to enjoy the warm weather and the beautiful Oceans, as well as breathtaking sights, sounds, and experiences within the culture itself. Rest is often the best recovery method after a surgical procedure, and there is no better place to feel relaxed than in Mexico.

Furthermore, there are many options to provide surgical patients

with the opportunity to recover in a stylish recovery boutique.

the facilities have both single and double hospital-type rooms

and top-of-the-line amenities including:

  • Comfortable beds

  • High-definition televisions

  • Free international calls to the U.S. and Canada

  • A comfortable modern design

  • 24-hour nursing care

  • Flexible financing options

  • …and more!


Other information on How to Choose

the Best Travel Medical Insurance Plan


Travel medical insurance may appear overwhelming, but its purpose is simple: travel medical insurance provides coverage for unexpected accidents or illnesses when traveling outside your home country.


Health and Medical Insurance Options for Mexico

Learn about medical insurance options for short visits, extended stays, and long-term residency in Mexico

Mexico’s public health service does not have reciprocal agreements with any other country, and US Medicare is not available here so visitors and foreign residents need to make specific provisions for their health care needs.  In the event of an incident that requires healthcare or medical attention, you’ll need to pay out-of-pocket or arrange a health or medical insurance policy that is valid in Mexico and provide suitable cover for you and your partner/family in the event of an accident or illness.  Contact us to explain the various options for visitors, extended stays, and foreign residents.


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Health Insurance for Short Visits to Mexico

If you’re visiting Mexico for a short period —on a vacation or short business trip, for example— travel insurance policies that cover you for a limited time while you’re away from home should suffice.  These might be provided by your current healthcare provider (but double-check the small print), through an employer’s health plan if you’re here on a short business visit, or through the purchase of a short-trip travel insurance policy.  You can learn more about short-term travel health insurance on our guide to insurance in Mexico Contact us:

Health Insurance for Extended Stays in Mexico

If you plan to be in Mexico for an extended stay, but don’t intend to take up residence in Mexico – for example, you might take a sabbatical, a volunteer job, or plan to stay in Mexico for six months or less, then a short-term travel insurance policy might not cover your needs.  In these circumstances, you may consider a private health insurance policy that covers you locally and, if you retain health coverages in your home country, you might also consider taking out a medical evacuation plan in the event of a serious medical incident that requires you to be flown home for treatment and recovery.


Health Insurance for Foreign Residents in Mexico

If you intend to apply for, or have, legal residency in Mexico, a travel insurance policy won’t be valid as these are designed for people who come to Mexico for a short-defined period and return to their country of residence.  If you have health insurance coverage in your country of residence, the policy might cover you if you’re living abroad (but probably won’t) and in most cases, you would need to evacuate back to your home country to avail yourself of any coverages.  Therefore, if you plan to reside in Mexico, you should consider health insurance coverages that will be valid and provide adequate care for your needs.  Here are the options:


Mexico’s IMSS Medical Insurance

Foreign residents (temporary or permanent) can apply for the Mexican public healthcare insurance system known as IMSS voluntarily which provides access to certain doctors, clinics, and hospitals in Mexico.  Some medications are also covered under this plan.  Coverage costs depend on your age; restrictions and limitations apply and, like all publicly-funded healthcare systems, patient demand is usually higher than the supply of services, so you may have to wait for care. (Note also that people who are enrolled in IMSS through an employer get priority over those who enroll voluntarily.)  


Private Medical Insurance in Mexico

Most foreign residents who can afford to do so will take out a private medical insurance plan covering their personal needs and giving them direct access to private doctors, clinics, and hospitals in Mexico.  Policies are crafted to the individual situation of the person, couple, or family, and premiums depend on things like your age, term of coverage, coverages included, and the deductible you are willing to pay in the event of a claim.  You can complete this health insurance request and our associate will contact you personally to discuss your situation and needs, and provide a no-obligation quote for you to review.

Medical Evacuation from Mexico

If you are resident in Mexico and continue to have health coverage in your home country then you might consider a medical evacuation plan to enable you to get home for treatment and to convalesce close to your doctors and family if you experience a serious accident or health event (e.g., heart attack) while you are here.  Note that medical evacuation insurance coverages only cover evacuation costs in serious cases and so you’ll need to get routine or non-critical health matters attended to in Mexico.


For those spending a longer or indefinite period outside of their home country, you may be interested in one of IMG’s international private medical insurance plans designed specifically for ex-pats.

At the end of the day, it’s important that you choose the best insurance plan that fits your needs. Not every traveler is the same age, has the same budget, goes to the same destination, or even travels for the same amount of time. If you have questions or are looking for more information about any of our plans, we encourage you to reach out to our team.

They would love to hear from you and can be reached at  +52 (999) 568-3058

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