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Here are a few examples of procedure rates in Mexico, as they compare to equivalent U.S. procedure rates:

The Medicare reimbursement rate for a general consultation in El Paso, Texas was $119 in 2009, compared to $8 in a public hospital or $19 in a private hospital just across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, according to data from the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Medical Tourism Association did a survey in 2010 that compared the costs of various medical treatments between 13 countries, including the U.S. and Mexico. The international high for a heart bypass was $144,000 in the U.S, where in Mexico it was $27,000.

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