If you’re planning to visit Puerto Vallarta, or if you’re currently staying there, it’s a good idea to confirm where to find quality, affordable medical care before you need it. And, when you know what to expect, it’s much easier to deal with medical issues if they arise. Therefore, read on to learn just how wonderful and inexpensive Puerto Vallarta medical care really is.
To begin, Puerto Vallarta medical care is a lot cheaper than equivalent services in the United States. And to be specific, it usually costs well under half the price. Also, the quality is very similar if you know where to go. So, check out the top-four Puerto Vallarta medical-care facilities listed below. Then, read about the Mexican health-care system and how to be prepared in case you have a medical issue while you’re in beautiful Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta has quite a few well-equipped medical centers and hospitals to choose from. And, most of the Puerto Vallarta medical-care centers are staffed with highly-trained, certified physicians who carry credentials from both the United States and Mexico. Also, most of the staff at each location is bi-lingual. So, you don’t have to worry about communication issues.
Mexican Medical Care System
The following applies to Mexico as a whole. Therefore, this is what you can expect from Puerto Vallarta medical services:
How It Works
Only Mexican citizens and legal immigrants can get benefits from the national health care system in Mexico called “Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social.” Therefore, you need to possess full medical travel insurance, in order to be covered. Otherwise, you can face quite large medical bills, including charges for ambulance services. And, they may not allow you to leave Mexico until your medical bill is completely paid.
Medical Care Plans From the USA
Chances are, your existing medical insurance doesn’t cover you in Mexico. Therefore, make sure you check with your insurance provider before you leave the United States. You may add international coverage to your existing plan, or just purchase a travel insurance policy to cover you and your family for the duration of your time within Mexico.
Ensure that your policy covers emergency services like ambulance and ICU. Also, be sure to confirm coverage for flight services just in case you need an air-lift back to the United States. Flight expenses are very high, so prepare for the worst. But then, stay safe during your visit to Puerto Vallarta to avoid injuries in the first place.
Puerto Vallarta Medical-Care Payments
Regardless of your insurance, you’ll probably be required to pay a deposit upfront. Then, you’ll receive a reimbursement from your provider after a few days. So, confirm this with your provider and maintain ample funds in your bank account or credit card, just in case.
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