Mexico Offers More Than Great Beaches
Today’s high stress, fast food, low exercise society has left many Americans and Canadians with cardiovascular-related medical problems. The cost of heart surgery in the United States is astronomical. For example, a valve replacement in the United States can cost a patient over $150,000. In some parts of the United States, that is equivalent to the cost of a house. The high price of medical care in the United States has led many patients to seek services overseas. This has turned out to be an excellent way for many to receive the high quality, low cost surgical care they need.
So, people always wonder why and how the very same surgery can cost so much less in Mexico. Big differences for doctors in Mexico versus doctors in the United States include lower labor costs, less arduous contracting between providers and surgical facilities, less insurance company involvement, and lower malpractice costs, among other things. As a result, doctors are able to spend more time on the tasks they are specially trained for – surgery and practicing medicine.
For a patient considering surgery in Mexico, he or she should consult with a company that specializes in bringing together patients and impeccably qualified surgeons. Generally, the best company will be one that is owned and operated by doctors given that these professionals know what they are doing based on their own qualified expertise. Surgeons recommended by a medical tourism company structured in this way are are recognized internationally as experts in their surgical domains and have successfully performed many thousands of surgical procedures in the course of their careers.
When a patient elects to have cardiovascular surgery in Mexico, he or she will find savings up to 70% of what a comparable surgery would cost in the United States. And this cost savings is made even more impressive by the fact that the cost package includes items such as travel assistance and coordination of care. Surgeons in Mexico are trained in many types of cardiac care including pediatric heart surgery, angioplasty, valve repair, and much more. Further, due to cultural differences, these specialized doctors in Mexico tend to be warmer, more compassionate, and more attentive than what patients typically experience in the United States.
When shopping around for a medical tourism company, it is better to go with a company that is not affiliated with any hospital or hospital group, because the single most important aspect of the potential patient’s surgical care is his or her choice of the most qualified, skilled and experienced surgeon to perform the procedure. If the patient works with a company that has a network of doctors, the patient will be given greater choices regarding surgical facilities. As these procedures continue to increase in occurrence, more patients will learn that these options are available and that they are more accessible than might otherwise have been thought. Further, when working with a medical tourism company that provides pricing for surgical procedures in Mexico that are wrapped into transparent packages, patients know upfront the total cost to be incurred. This allows the patient to make an informed choice about his or her surgical care.
Why should a patient have cardiovascular surgery in Mexico instead of the USA?