Cancun, Q.R. — Medical tourism continues to increase in Cancun with patients from the United States, Canada and Belize being the mainstream clients.
Over the past five years, medical tourism in Cancun has seen its numbers increase since it is much less expensive for patients to have procedures done in Mexico than in their home country, says president of the Cancun Medical Tourism Association, Servando Acuña.
Servando Acuña explained that the region sees more than 10,000 patients per year who arrive mostly from the United States, Canada and Belize to have surgeries. These patients arrive for operations at the Galenia, Hospiten, Ameridem and Costa Med de Cozumel hospitals.
He noted that a knee operation in the United States will cost a patient around $75,000, while here they are done for between $14,000 USD and $18,000 USD with skilled, quality doctors. He added that doctors and nurses in these facilities are bilingual and trilingual and in modern state-of-the-art facilities, a reason why Mexico medical tourism continues to attract patients.
Servando Acuña says that local doctors, anesthetists, nurses and the people dedicated to rehabilitation are very skilled noting that they also have a market of those who come for cosmetic procedures. These people range greatly in age between 25 and 65 years old.
Other treatments American and Canadians come for include cancer, which are done at the Cancun Oncology Center, which are also less expensive than treatments in their home country.
He says that a large majority however, arrive for things such as orthopedic knee and hip replacement with people between the ages of 55 and 65 being the largest clientele. He says that a majority of those needing the surgery are over weight, a factor that is expected to increase with estimates showing one in 10 people being overweight by 2023, and inevitably requiring orthopedic surgery.