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Medical Tourism in Mexico

Mexico’s popularity has been rising in medical tourism. This is due to proximity to the US and affordable treatments. 

This post discusses how much it costs to get treatment from doctors in Mexico, safety of medical treatments and travel information for medical tourists.

Medical tourism destinations in Mexico

Cost of Procedures (US Vs Mexico)


Procedure US Mexico
Gastric Sleeve $19,000 $4,295
Gastric Bypass $20,000 $5,199
Mini Gastric Bypass $16,000- $22,000 $6,695
Revision Bariatric Surgery $45,000 – $50,000 $13,500 – $15,000


Procedure US Mexico
Full Mouth Restoration $24,000 – $36,000 $8,765 – $13,945
Dentures/ Bridges $300 – $5,000 $250 – $480
Veneers $250 – $2,500 $45 – $550
Crowns $500 – $1,500 $300 – $650


Orthopedic US Mexico
Knee Replacement $40,000 $6,000 – $12,500
Hip Replacement/ Resurfacing $30,000 $10,185

Other treatments like gynecology, and general surgeries are also offered in Mexico. Patients can also seek non-FDA procedures like stem cell therapy, unconventional cancer treatments, experimental procedures, and alternative medicine.

Why Is Medical Care Cheaper in Mexico

Compared to the US, the treatment in Mexico can help you save 40 – 65%.[1]Patients Beyond Borders
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 Healthcare in Mexico is cheaper because:

  1. Lawsuits increase US healthcare costs. The cost of malpractice insurance is pushed higher, which is ultimately passed on to the patients. [2]Expats In Mexico
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  2. The total cost of hospitals, physician fees, airfare, and hotel expenses for a patient in Mexico is less than the cost of the procedure in the US.
  3. The cost of the prescription is high in the US. In Mexico, the cost is relatively less. [3]Scientific American
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Is the Medical Care in Mexico Safe?

All medical treatments involve certain risks. A good hospital or doctor minimizes these risks. Research about the hospitals before you fly to Mexico. To narrow down your search, you can:

  • Check hospital accreditation and board certification as well as doctor qualification.
  • Find a doctor who is bilingual to avoid miscommunication.
  • Find out whether the hospital follows sterilization standards.

Tips for Medical Tourists in Mexico

Clinics and Hospitals

Not all Mexican hospitals and doctors are of global standard. Therefore, there are certain things that you need to be mindful of, such as:

  • Doctor’s training, qualifications, and reputation.
  • Certification by American Dental Association(ADA), Global Clinic Rating (GCR) and other such relevant bodies. 
  • Follow-up care. You should arrange for your follow-up care before leaving your home country. This helps ensure post-surgical complications are taken care of.


  • Enroll your trip to the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). It is a free service that allows U.S. citizens to receive the latest security updates. 
  • Read the latest news for the city you are planning to visit.
  • Carry Mexican currency, Mexican Peso(Mex$).
  • Have the number to the nearest US embassy.
  • Mexican auto insurance is required for all vehicles. Geico, AAA and most other U.S. insurers sell an auto insurance policy for travel in Mexico. [4]Travel.State.Gov
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  • Road signs might be written in Spanish or different from those in the USA. Keep a printed copy of roadsigns with you.
  • Toilets marked with ‘M’ are for ladies – M = Mujeres = women/female.

Driving to Mexico

USA-Mexico border

To cross the US-Mexico border by road, you will need a valid passport. Border crossing lanes may require long waiting times. There are specific lanes to speed up crossing the border:

Fast Lane (San Ysidro, California only) 

Fast Lane is a special lane for tourists and medical tourists and saves you from long waiting times. MTC provides Fast Pass which allow you to use of the Fast Lane.

Ready Lane (California, Arizona, Texas Borders)

You can use your passport card for fast entry through Ready Lane. The RFID reader card reader reads the card’s Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. You can also use the SENTRI card or driver’s license in this lane. [5]U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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SENTRI Lane (California, Arizona, Texas Borders) 

Tourists must be pre-approved for the SENTRI (Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection). [6]U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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This is not applicable to casual visitors or medical tourists.

To stay informed of the wait times through the official Customs and Border Protection Mobile App.

For Tijuana, you can park your vehicle at a parking spot on the border. To reach Tijuana, you can use the Pedestrian Lane.

Get Help from a Medical Tourism Company

A medical tourism company can assist your trip to Mexico. They can:

  • Arrange discounted treatment packages. 
  • Get you in touch with past clients & related support groups.
  • Guide in arranging passports, visa, and other travel documents.
  • Arrange destination logistics & stay.
  • Help with a bilingual destination manager who can make your experience better.
  • Assist in providing fast lane border passes, visiting reliable pharmacies, etc. 

Medical Tourism Corporation (MTC) simplifies contact with doctors & hospitals in Mexico. When you arrive at the airport, our destination manager will take care of your needs. We can arrange for a mobile phone and internet service at your request.

Our on-location destination manager will assist you throughout your stay.


Is it safe to visit Mexico?

Aside from specific areas with a high crime rate, the rest of Mexico is safe and tourist-friendly. It is advised to take basic safety measures as you would in any other foreign country.

How much can I save by getting my treatment in Mexico?

You can save 40 – 65% when compared with the cost in the US. You can compare the costs of various treatments in Mexico with the US here.

Do the doctors in Mexico speak English?

Mostly no. But some healthcare facilities have majority of their patients from abroad. It is likely these facilities will have bilingual doctors. The clinics and hospitals MTC associates with are bilingual.

Can I include a vacation during my trip to Mexico?

Yes. It is advised to not do anything against your doctor’s advice. You can avail concierge service of your hotel to ensure your safety.

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