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I’ve mentioned in previous posts that Mexico has become an especially significant draw for medical tourists at the age of retirement. Here are a few of the major items where retirees find the most significant savings:

  • Prescription drugs manufactured in Mexico: 50% cheaper than similar drugs made in the U.S.
  • Doctor’s office visits, including specialists: $20-$25 USD
  • Lab tests: 65% cheaper than in the U.S.
  • CAT scans: 25% cheaper than in the U.S.
  • Overnight stays in a private hospital: $25
  • Dental cleaning: $20
  • Dental work in general: 20-25% lower than in the U.S.
Furthermore, many American retirees are choosing to take advantage of Mexico’s public insurance system, which has its own hospitals. The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) offers a health care plan with no limits or deductibles. While it can be argued that this system has its weak points in comparison to private Mexican treatment, many retirees who use it report good service and quality care.