Mexico Could Edge Out Thailand as Most Popular for Medical Tourism
Mexico News Daily
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July 30, 2014

Medical Tourism in Mexico (visitmex)

Although Mexico has challenges delivering a consistent level of care to its own citizens, it might soon be in first place as the leading world destination for medical tourism.

In 2012, the latest year for which statistics are available, Mexico welcomed a million visitors who came for medical treatment. Only Thailand received more: 1.2 million.

Mexico is in an ideal position to overtake Thailand, primarily because of its location next to the world’s biggest source of medical tourists, the United States, says Sergio Rodríguez of private health care firm Médica Sur. The U.S. represents 40% of the world medical tourism market, he says.

“The quality conditions of private health services in Mexico are very competitive and you can find in many cases they are at the same level as the best health institutions in the world.”

At present there are 10 hospitals in Mexico that enjoy accreditation through a program offered by the International Joint Commission. Thailand has 32.

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