TOP 5 reasons why Americans go to Mexico for healthcare services

Mexico is the medical leader in Latin America, hosting between 1.4 million and 3 million international patients every year, 80% of whom are American citizens.

Why do Americans visit Mexico for treatments? Let’s find out.

Affordable prices

According to the Mexican Medical Tourism Association, the cost of operations and treatments in cardiology, aesthetic surgery, ophthalmology, oncology, orthopedics, and dentistry is 40-80% lower than in the United States. 

For example, coronary angioplasty in the United States can be done for $50,000-$140,000, while in Mexico it costs only $12,000-$18,000, hip replacement in the United States will cost $50,000, and in Mexico — only $13,000, breast enlargement costs around $12,000 in the USA and $4,450 in Mexico.

High quality of medical assistance 

WHO experts point that the quality of treatment in private clinics in Mexico is comparable to the quality of treatment in clinics in the United States. Only 120 clinics in Mexico out of 5,000 ones are certified by the General Council of Health to serve international patients. 

The best Mexican clinics are located in the country’s largest cities such as Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Mexicali and Tijuana, which are near to the American border.

These medical centers oriented to international patients are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and employ experts trained overseas with solid experience. 

Mexican vibes

Foreign patients are usually accommodated in single rooms. They can interact with the attending physician personally as lots of doctors speak English fluently and are welcomed by locals. 

Mexicans are characterized by hospitality, courtesy, and family orientation. Besides, the country’s warm climate and resorts help patients recover faster.

Patients who choose plastic surgery or dental treatments, often combine treatments and vacations. The best beaches of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, ancient monuments of mysterious civilizations, and diving on the island of Cozumel, tequila, excellent cuisine are here for foreigners.


Mexican cities, Cancun in particular, offer perfect conditions for childbirth at reasonable prices, which are 2-3 times cheaper than in North America.

Sun and sea baths are useful for future moms too as regular sunbathing improves the mood, metabolism, and the body produces vitamin D, which prevents the onset of rickets in the fetus. Ladies can swim in Cancun all year round; the water temperature in the Caribbean never drops below 25 degrees.


The medicines’ costs are reasonable and can help save up to 102% for Americans, according to studies. The prices are explained by several factors — a low level of income per capita and the regulation of pharmaceutical products by the government. 

Moreover, Mexico is constantly producing new developments in the pharma field. Among the latest reports in world news — information about the development by Mexican pharmaceutical companies of a new drug for lung cancer, a vaccine against a scorpion sting, heroin addiction, etc.