Huge savings attract patients
Mexico earned almost three billion dollars in 2013 from so-called medical tourism, a federal agency has reported.
The National Institute of Statistics said the $2.85 billion which poured into the economy last year as a result of foreign nationals traveling to Mexico for surgery, hospitalizations and dental care made the country the second largest in the world for health tourism. Many of the consumers are from the United States and Canada, lured by prices which often are a fraction of the cost of the same services at home.
Health care providers in this country who specialize in medical tourism are often connected to major hospitals and clinics in the United States, according to this article. Savings here on routine medical procedures may run from 40 to 90%, with the average about 65%.
Of Mexico's 118 million citizens, nearly 50 million are in the active labor force. A federal surveyed conducted in the third quarter of 2013 indicated that 64% of them - almost 32 million workers - have no health insurance or guaranteed access to basic medical services. Many work in the informal, or self-employed, economy, which the government is working hard to change. Peña Nieto announces plans to get more workers on real payrolls, with benefits.
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