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Monday, June 20, 2011

Mexico is Popular for Medical and Dental Tourism


By Stuart Ben

When people hear of Mexico they usually think of the country in one of two contexts. The first is the famous tourism destination, usually picturing the great vacation towns, fun beaches and a lot of sun. The second context may be of the struggling country south of the American border, that can often seem like a third world country from which emigrants constantly try to flee.


Mexico's coastal cities are well known as ideal places for visitors from cold weather locations who are trying to flee the winter towards sunny destinations. Many Americans travel to Mexico when looking to take a vacation "on the beach" and get away from the cold.


It is unfortunate that people aren't aware of the other aspects Mexico has to offer its visitors. In addition to its amazing vacation venues, its rich history of Mayan sites, the beautiful capital and the legendary weather, the Mexican healthcare system has rapidly developed and today the country is also known as a leading medical tourism destination.


As such, Mexico also offers advanced state-of-the-art private medical centers to Mexicans as well as inbound medical tourists.


It may surprise some, but Mexico is today a desired and popular medical tourism destination attracting thousands of medical tourists every year, mainly from the US. Patients are coming in for all kinds of different treatments, starting from necessary surgery to elective procedures and prolonged treatments.


This also includes the very popular field of dental surgery.


Medical Tourism


Before we get into the Mexican medical tourism industry and the popular field of dental surgery in the country, we will begin by answering the basic question of "What is medical tourism." The term describes the phenomena of patients traveling across national borders in order to receive medical care. As this may sound like a fairly new practice to some, history shows us that patients have been traveling for medical purposes for centuries.


The modern medical tourism industry, which has blossomed in the past couple of decades, has grown thanks to two major factors — the considerable improvement in global travel means, and the fact that the internet has made the world grow smaller. Thanks to this new global reality, patients who for whatever reason were unable to receive medical care in their own country could now explore the option of traveling across national borders and receiving the medical care they need.


Patients can be looking outside their home country for medical treatments because of improper medical insurance (or none at all), leading to the fact that they aren't able to afford surgery, or it can be due to the long waiting lists that cause patients to wait for months and even years to undergo a specific medical procedure. It can also simply be patients who would rather travel to destinations with better or more advanced medical technology and research in a specific medical field.


Considering the fact that Mexico borders the USA, combined with the advances in medicine being practiced in the country, there is no surprise that Mexico has become a popular medical tourism destination.


Dental Surgery in Mexico


As dental surgery can have an extremely important influence one ones external look, this field of surgical dental procedures has become a common and enormously popular and legitimate way for people to boost their self-confidence and improve their self-image.


It is no surprise therefore that this particular medical discipline has become extremely popular in Mexico among inbound medical tourists. Dental surgery isn't normally covered under medical insurance plans and these procedures can cost quite a bit for patients. For this reason, patients may look elsewhere for this option as they seek high dental quality for a lower price as well as a close destination to undergo the procedure.


Mexico is almost a perfect choice for Americans. On the one hand, dental clinics in Mexico have been developing and blossoming, realizing the needs of foreign patients to travel for medical purposes and working to raise medical standards and practice medicine at the highest level. On the other, Mexico is just a short flight or drive away from patient's homes in America.


To this we can add the many culture similarities, as well as most medical staffs speak English, making it easy on patients coming in for dental treatments.


Regularly, the recovery process for dental procedures is short as patients are usually done on the same day, not needing hospitalization time. Patients can literally enter Mexico in the morning, undergo dental surgery, and head back home in the evening — all for half the price.


Patients are coming into Mexico for just about any type of dental surgery available, mainly going through permanent and non-removable restorative procedures for patients who are missing one, some or all of their natural teeth. Additional popular dental procedures include wisdom teeth surgery, periodontics, crowns on implants and crowns lightening, whitening (laser and home bleaching), apicoectomy, and more.


Patients will land in the country and head for the dental clinic, where they will be accepted by the attending physician as they start preparing for the procedure. Once done, patients will be able to recuperate in first class accommodations and decide whether to head home or relax for another day or two in beautiful Mexico. 


There are many private hospitals in Mexico, serving medical tourists from around the world with the highest medical standards possible. And if you are looking for dental surgery abroad, be sure to check Mexican hospitals in your medical tourism research.



Stuart Ben is a professional medical tourism facilitator. You can read more about medical tourism in Mexico at Hospitals in Mexico: TicketMed.

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