The International Community Foundation published a study that found several important trends related to health care and Americans retiring to Mexico. Some interesting facts included the following:
- The respondents chose Mexico for retirement due to proximity to the United States and affordability, yet almost 55% were concerned about access to health care when making the decision to relocate. Over 78% responded that access to health care was “very important” or “important” to their decision to purchase a home.
- 70% of respondents indicated that health care was affordable and accessible in Mexico. Almost 61% stated that the quality of available health care in Mexico was comparable to the U.S. 25% stated the opposite – that health care quality was not comparable.
- The majority of U.S. retirees in Mexico’s coastal communities would be considered active retirees. Less than 2% reported receiving home care or assisted living services in Mexico although over 25% have considered assisted living options in Mexico.
- It was notable that that those retirees reporting under US$25,000 in income had a much higher rate of “no insurance” response -close to 25% of retirees – and those with under US$50,000 in income were two to three times more likely to state that they had insurance in “Mexico only”.
- Geographic proximity to the U.S. – Mexico border matters on issues of health care.
- Those retirees living closer to the U.S/Mexico border are more apt to access health care services in the United States. Retirees living in Rosarito- Ensenada corridor of Baja California are most likely to procure regular health care services in the United States with over 72% doing so. This compares to those Americans living in Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit which had lower return rate by comparison, 39.7% and 46.6% respectively.
- Those living closest to the border, in the Rosarito-Ensenada region, had the lowest rates of Mexico-only insurance, 2.8% versus Riviera Nayarit/Puerto Vallarta with 10.8%.