Published On: November 29th, 2023Categories: Healthcare

Americans in Mexico Are Happier With Their Healthcare. Here’s Why

Americans in Mexico Are Happier With Their Healthcare. Here’s Why

Whether they’re full-time expats or medical tourists, Americans are much happier with the healthcare they receive in Mexico.

According to FarHomes.com, 84% of American expats rate Mexican healthcare as very good or excellent, compared to 72% of Americans in the U.S. who say the healthcare they receive at home is good or excellent.

Here are some of the reasons Americans would rather get care south of the border.

Cost of Healthcare Services

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It’s no surprise that Americans find the low cost of care to be a top benefit of medical services in Mexico. Here are some examples:

  • Routine checkup: $12-15 vs. $265
  • Blood work: $50-80 vs. $195
  • X-ray: $24-30 vs. $120
  • MRI: $600-800 vs. $1,325

In general, medical care is about 75% less in Mexico. Healthcare you can afford is always better than the healthcare you didn’t get because you couldn’t pay the bill.

Cost of Dental Services

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Many medical tourists head to Mexico to save on pricy services. Here are some examples:

Consultation: Free vs. $120
Root Canal: $250 vs. $1,500
Full-Mouth Dentures: $12,000 vs. $34,300
Dental Sedation: $400 vs. $850
Tooth Extraction: $70 vs. $200
Dental Implant: $750 vs. $1,800
All On 4 Dental Implant: $10,600 vs. $20,000
Full-Mouth Dental Bridge: $22,500 vs. $50,000

As you can see, dental care is about 50% less than in the U.S. Medical tourists may also be able to use American dental insurance for additional savings.

Cost of Medications

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Prescription drugs are a major expense for Americans, who pay 30-60% less in Mexico. Here are some examples:

  • Adderall (30 tablets): $15-$40 vs. $120-$240
  • Insulin (1 vial): $30-$50 vs. $300-$500
  • Lipitor (30 tablets): $10-$20 vs. $30-$60
  • Advair (1 inhaler): $50-$100 vs. $200-$400
  • Humira (1 pen): $100-$200 vs. $500-$1000
  • Metformin (30 tablets): $5-$10 vs. $20-$40
  • Atorvastatin (30 tablets): $10-$20 vs. $30-$60
  • Ozempric/Wegovy (1 pen): $200-300 vs. $975-$1,100
  • Zoloft (30 tablets): $10-$20 vs. $30-$60
  • Norditropin (15mg): $375 vs. $1707
  • Genotropin (12mg): $300 vs. $1628

Overall Monthly Expense

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Savings on each visit to the doctor or pharmacy add up. Here’s what Americans say they spend each month in Mexico on healthcare costs (including medications):

  • 39% say they spend less than $50
  • 23% say they spend $50-100
  • 12.7% say they spend $100-150
  • 9.9% say they spend $150-200
  • 4.7% say they spend $200-250
  • 10.8% say they spend more than $250

Almost two-thirds of respondents spend less than $100 per month, even without Medicare coverage!

Excellent Physicians

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Here’s how Americans rank their physicians in Mexico. Most physicians in Mexico speak English, and some still make housecalls.

  • Excellent: 35%
  • Very good: 41%
  • Good: 14%
  • Not very good: less than 1%
  • Poor: less than 1%
  • No experience: 9%

More than three-fourths of respondents says doctors are very good or excellent.

Good Hospitals

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Private hospitals have better equipment and facilities than public ones do, and there are more options in larger cities. Here’s how Americans rate their hospitals.

  • Excellent: 23%
  • Very good: 28%
  • Good: 14%
  • Not very good: 3%
  • Poor: 1%
  • No experience: 31%

The largest number of respondents have never used hospital facilities. Only 4% said hospitals were not very good or poor.

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Jen Barnett Expatsi
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Jen is the co-founder of Expatsi, a company that helps Americans move abroad. She created the Expatsi Test, an assessment that recommends countries for aspiring emigrants based on lifestyle data. Jen has an MBA from Emory University with concentrations in marketing and innovation. She's written for BusinessWeek, Health, Cooking Light, and Southern Living. Prior to Expatsi, she created Freshfully and Bottle & Bone—two businesses in the local food space—and spoke at TEDx on being brave. She's moving to Mexico in 2024, along with her husband and co-founder Brett, pitbull mix Squiggy, and three rotten cats. How can she help you move abroad?

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Jen Barnett Expatsi
Co-founder at Expatsi | Website | + posts

Jen is the co-founder of Expatsi, a company that helps Americans move abroad. She created the Expatsi Test, an assessment that recommends countries for aspiring emigrants based on lifestyle data. Jen has an MBA from Emory University with concentrations in marketing and innovation. She's written for BusinessWeek, Health, Cooking Light, and Southern Living. Prior to Expatsi, she created Freshfully and Bottle & Bone—two businesses in the local food space—and spoke at TEDx on being brave. She's moving to Mexico in 2024, along with her husband and co-founder Brett, pitbull mix Squiggy, and three rotten cats. How can she help you move abroad?