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The History and Spread of Medical Tourism

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, September 9, 2015

Medical Travel ChapalaMedMedical tourists’ affinity towards medical treatments in foreign countries is nothing new, as it has been around for ages. The Sumerians, the Ancient Romans, the Greek all built sanctuaries and temples, believing that the places helped heal people. The sanctuaries were located far and they would travel in groups to reap its benefits.

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The Flurry of Expats in Mexico Explained

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, August 26, 2015

Expats ChapalaMedMexico, the border nation of the United States, has amassed into one of the most livable countries for expats. For expats, the real attraction is the country’s healthcare system, with all of the country’s beautiful structures and sights an added bonus. The country has in place two types of healthcare systems, private and universal insurance programs.

In order to improve their healthcare system even further, the country developed a program called Popular Health Insurance (Seguro Popular) in 2004. The program aimed to make preventative treatments less costly for the less economically wealthy.

Since the program’s initiation, 50 million uninsured residents have benefitted from it. Furthermore, the threat of contracting tuberculosis and malaria has also seen a steady decline. In comparison to some areas of Africa and Asia, Mexico fares far better as a livable state for expats. However, it would be unfair to say that Mexico’s low cost of living did not play a part in its tourism growth.

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Medical Travel: Bringing People Together

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, August 12, 2015

Medical Travel ChapalaMedThe birth of medical travel dates back to 400 BC when people from different civilizations traveled far and wide in search of medical miracles to heal them of their ailments. Specifically, the historical records mention the Romans who sought out “spring” or “bath” waters, believing that the waters possessed healing properties.

Since then, times have changed, and now, you see people traveling to developed countries such as Mexico, Thailand, India, amongst others for medical treatments. The shift in the trend has been termed medical tourism, and the trend seems to be growing stronger with each passing year- just look at its worldwide revenue: medical tourism generated a worldwide revenue of $60 billion in 2006 and was projected to supersede $100 billion in 2012.

In addition, medical tourism in relation to globalization has worked well for developed countries that have taken advantage of the growing medical tourism industry.

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Retirees travel for medical care in Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, July 29, 2015

Medical Tourism ChapalaMedWhy medical care in Mexico feels like the ideal choice? What is it about Mexico that they find appealing? Medical care is provided in their home country, yet for various medical purposes, Mexico feels like the ideal choice. The answer is simple, lower costs, immediate medical care, array of new medical treatments, and specialized medical services.

When retirees are confronted with the choice to pay $50,000 for staying in the hospital only, not including physical therapy and anesthesiology versus paying half of that amount for the whole medical experience in Mexico, the choice becomes clear.

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Malpractice in Medical Tourism and the Importance of Research

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, July 15, 2015

Medical Malpractice ChapalaMedIt has been over a decade and counting since the popularity of medical tourism soared in parts of the Western world. The frequency of medical travelers going abroad for various treatments has been on the rise. However, this does not stop people from raising questions about the reliability of foreign doctors, hospitals, and treatments, and malpractice became a trending topic.

With no medical tourism regulations in place by governments of medical travelers, medical experts advised people to take caution when traveling abroad for treatment. You would think that, by 2015, governments would have enacted a global treaty covering medical travelers who might experience malpractice abroad, but so far, the only entities that have stepped up to provide medical travelers with relief are insurance companies.

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Cardiology: know the best surgeons in Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, June 10, 2015

ID-100129765When you imagine a person suffering from cardiovascular disease, you think of a middle-aged person who is overweight holding onto their chest. However, heart problems have been affecting the world’s population for a long time and are not restricted by age to affect a person. Heart problems usually stem from stress. Almost all of the world’s population suffers from stress at one point or another in their life, and often, the stress can lead to heart trouble. According to statistics, an estimated 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2012, representing 31% of all global deaths with an estimated 7.4 million due to coronary heart disease and 6.7 million due to stroke. Continue reading…

Why Should You Opt For a Physician in Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, June 3, 2015

ID-100184687Last year, people in the US spent a staggering sum of $3.8 trillion on medical expenses. With the health costs soaring and the economy suffering, many people are now making their way to other countries which offer trusted medical help.

Mexico has been at the forefront of medical research for a long time now. Like many developing countries, it first started out as a struggle, but as time goes on, Mexico has made many breakthroughs in medicine. With doctors and physicians in every field in high demand for their expertise, Mexico is becoming a very favorable place for people with medical problems. In fact, many people who have visited Mexico for medical purposes have reported receiving the same high quality treatment as they did back in the United States, albeit at a significantly lower cost, making it affordable for many.

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How to Prepare Yourself for Medical Travel

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, May 30, 2015

ID-100148437Do not pack your bags just yet to travel to another country for medical treatment. Before you get on that plane, visit a doctor to find out if you are in the clear to make your trip abroad. Even though being vaccinated for diseases depends largely on the area of the country you are travelling to, caution is advised. Continue reading…

Medical Travel: Guidelines for Seeking Plastic Surgery

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, May 29, 2015

ID-10030737Reconstructive surgery to enhance, modify, or reconstruct a part of the body comes with a high price. People in the need to undergo the knife for a specific or dire reason have to resort to alternate methods to get what they want. They begin to shop around, looking for discounts on plastic surgery procedures.

Their search does not go to waste, as they uncover major discounts in the medical treatments offered in other countries than their own. Who ignores major discounts such as this, right? However, when there are discounts as grand as this, there is always a catch. You can spot a catch by acting vigilant and asking the right questions. Continue reading…

Why Medical Travel has become Popular in Mexico

Posted by David, April 21, 2015

medical-travel_3Patients beyond Borders describes Mexico as a country that has come a long way in healthcare. The country has established itself as a global medical care hub for people from all walks of life. Mexico’s popularity as the destination for medical care rose when foreigners began to visit to receive dental treatments and cosmetic surgery.

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