Blog - Category: Medical Travel
Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, December 27, 2013
Although medical travel has gained popular attraction over the last twenty years, the idea is not a new concept. For over 200 years people in England have visited Spas and Coastal towns, believing that natural spring waters and the sea air was good to help with certain complaints, in particular bronchitis and other breathing problems. In recent times, though, people have travelled to receive medical treatments for all manner of reasons including plastic surgery, neurosurgery and cardiology.
There is still some stigma attached to medical travel. This is fundamentally due to certain mainstream media outlets reporting seeking medical treatment overseas is controversial or even morally wrong. The media of course are batting for their own countries health centres in the political arena thus distort the true facts. The truth about medical travel is that it is more beneficial for both the patient and the country if origin where patients seek treatment. Continue reading…
Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, December 7, 2013
THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON/ God works in mysterious ways etc.”
18 months ago the thought of relocating to Mexico solidified for personal reasons. Not sure if it was a foolish or a brave move. But since I got here things were either “SINK or SWIM” as far as my business goes.
But being allowed to practice medicine here really has allowed me to more tightly control a lot of what goes on in the course of my patients’ care and it gives both them and I more options to take into consideration.
Turning the clock forward 18 months, and following the medical principles and adhering to the U.S. Medical norms I was taught I can say that I am pleased to say that the best of both countries(medically speaking) allowed me to diagnose and get treatment for a person who is my hero, MY FATHER, in a timely manner before anything catastrophic happened to him.
He is a SNOW BIRD and came down with me. Being able to use the DIAGNOSTIC LABS so freely in Guadalajara (thanks to RIO CLINIC) it allowed me to diagnose a carotid artery that was so clogged up with a cholesterol plaque (U.S. recommendation is SURGERY AT THIS POINT) that I quickly got him on the right track for treatment. He has MEDICARE and since I still have the contacts in the Chicago area (my BFF Dr. Ivan Lopez of ProHEALTH medical clinic in Aurora, IL) we were able to get him in the hands of one of the best vascular surgeons in the Chicagoland area. Vanessa Luquin helped out so much as well. Thanks.
The tools and medical technology that are available for physicians down here in Mexico are on par with those in the U.S. and I have confirmed this with my own father. Often a physician in the U.S. or Canada will need to repeat those studies(due to malpractice) but it only confirms what we find here.
I spoke with my dad in his hospital room at Elmhurst Hospital in Chicago. He’s doing well after his surgery yesterday. He will be released this evening. Needless to say that this Christmas will be especially happy for our family.
And I will be especially thankful and reflective upon the course of events that led me to be where I am today and have allowed me to work in the manner which I do and have thus allowed me to prevent my dad from getting a major stroke.
If I wasn’t practicing where I am and in the manner I am the outcome could’ve been very different.
Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, November 1, 2013
The popularity of receiving treatment overseas in exotic locations such as Mexico is worrying home grown surgeons. Industry authorities in both the US and the UK have issued statements warning people of the dangers of medial travel, but the fact of the matter is that patients have no more concerns about going abroad than they would have if they were undergoing surgery in their own country. To put your mind at ease we have put together a list of frequently asked questions about surgery in Mexico, together with the answers. Continue reading…
Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 24, 2013
According to a survey conducted by Deloitte, US spending on surgery in Mexico is almost $80 million dollars. Each year, millions of patients from North America and the UK travel to Mexico to undergo surgery and Deloitte estimates that figure will continue to climb in the upcoming coming years. So why do patients from western climates choose Latin America and what type of surgery in Mexico do westerners want?
Weight loss surgery
The most popular surgery in Mexico is for weight loss. Mexico has numerous world-class Bariatric centers offering a range of affordable surgeries specifically designed for people who have issues with their weight. Regardless of whether you need to lose weight, gain weight or control your weight there is a surgery and after-care program that will right you in the long-term. Furthermore, the vast majority of reviews for bariatric surgery in Mexico are positive and many patients recommend the same treatments to their friends. Continue reading…
Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 10, 2013
Medical travel in Mexico is becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons. The standard of service is as good as or better than your local hospital, yet the cost is far less expensive and you get the opportunity to visit and recuperate in tropical surroundings. However, like any hospital or holiday, medical tourism is not without its mishaps, so to ensure you have a positive experience in Mexico here are some tips you should follow through before booking medical travel. Continue reading…
Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, September 13, 2013
Medical tourism for Americans and Canadians is becoming more popular as health costs soar and the economy continues to fail. Many have looked south to Mexico for a physician, but for others serious doubts hold them back. Our health is our greatest asset and no one can afford to take a chance with health care regardless of how much money they can save. But, is it truly a risk to look for a physician in Mexico? Are you taking your life in your hands by seeking medical attention there? Those who have been treated in Mexico give testimony to the quality care they have received. There is also documented evidence regarding the physicians in Mexico and the establishments they work for. What do those who have been treated in Mexico say? What are the facts? Let us consider three common myths: Continue reading…
Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, August 22, 2013
The number of US citizens visiting Mexican physicians to receive medical treatment has reached record levels. Three years ago a study found that 20 per cent of patients visiting Mexican physicians were from overseas. With increasing levels of medical travel and medical tourism in Mexico, more attention is being paid Continue reading…
Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, August 21, 2013
Due to prohibitive medical costs in the United States and exhausting waiting lists in Canada, more and more people are searching for alternatives. Medical travel is becoming more popular as the reputation of foreign doctors gain international approval. With its border within easy distance of both countries, Mexico is becoming a favourite destination for patients seeking a wide range of surgical and medical procedures including cardiology, plastic surgery, general surgery, bariatric surgery, pain management, psychiatry, gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, radiology, gynecology and dental procedures. Continue reading…
Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, M.D., August 14, 2013
Why are more and more Americans turning to their southern neighbour for medical treatment? The most common reason is savings. On average a patient can save around 50% on their medical bills, if they seek treatment in Mexico and some treatments are even up to 70% cheaper.
In addition to the lower rates, there are also a wide variety of treatments available including everything from plastic surgery, orthopaedic procedures, cardiac surgery, eye surgery and even orthodontic treatments. Other countries also offer affordable care, but none can be so conveniently accessed without buying a plane ticket. Many patients make the trip across the border for their treatments and return home the same day. Continue reading…