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Can Mexico attract 5 million U.S. retirees with affordable medical care?

By Larry Crowson

Mexico has been quietly attracting greater numbers of Americans and Canadians seeking affordable healthcare. Many hospitals in Mexico have state-of-the-art staff and equipment in all major specialties.

Without fanfare, President Felipe Calderon has been quietly working on attracting millions of U.S. retirees to Mexico by proposing the expansion of retirement benefits and medical tourism.

Healthcare costs in Mexico are approximately 70 per cent lower than healthcare costs in the U.S.   If Calderon’s proposal to Obama starts with an agreement allowing Medicare benefits to U.S. retirees living in Mexico, instead of Medicare only covering healthcare services in the U.S., the savings would be enormous to the U.S. and would also bring needed dollars to the Mexican medical profession.

This is being quietly discussed at the highest levels, leaving media attention to the negativity it seems to prefer with both the drug wars in Northern Mexico and healthcare naysayers in U.S. politics.

Many people from north of the border feel medical care in Mexico is equally expert but more human than in the US or Canada, and vastly cheaper. You can get excellent healthcare policies for 50-60% lass than in the U.S.

About one million U.S. expats already live in Mexico, and that number can grow to five million by 2025, according to estimates based on U.S. Census figures.  Enticing even more U.S. retirees to move south of the border is expected to depend somewhat on getting the U.S. Joint International Commission to certify hospitals that meet the standards of U.S. hospitals.

Hospitals that are already certified:

  • American British Cowdray Medical Center IAP Observatorio Campus
    Mexico City
    Accredited December 6, 2008
  • American British Cowdray Medical Center IAP Sante Fe Campus
    Mexico City
    Accredited December 12, 2008
  • Christus Muguerza Alta Especialidad
    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
    Accredited July 22, 2007
  • Clinica Cumbres Chihuahua
    Chihuahua, Chihuahua
    Accredited April 23, 2008
  • Hospital CIA Hermosillo
    Hermosillo, Sonora
    Accredited December 11, 2008
  • Hospital CIMA Monterrey
    San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
    Accredited December 19, 2008
  • Hospital Mexico Americano, SC
    Guadalajara, Jalisco
    Accredited March 20, 2010
  • Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey
    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
    Accredited December 25, 2007
  • Hospital y Clinica UCA. S.A. de C.V.
    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

In other words, while the loudmouths roar, the whisperers are getting things done.

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