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Mexican medical tourism expanding

by Medical tourism news ,  IMTJ | 2010-07-22

Many Americans and Canadians are going to Mexico for medical and dental treatment for substantial savings. Agencies, hospital and dental groups are making it easier to find high quality safe care.

Medical Traveler Yucatan (MTY) is a new American-Canadian managed medical tourism agency service based near Cancun in Merida, Yucatan. The company meets patients at the airport and accompanies them throughout their medical stay. Founder Alan Graham says, “It just doesn’t make good sense, health-wise and money-wise for patients to be deprived of a new heart valve or shoulder surgery. Or pay two to four times what they should for gastric bypass surgery or a face-lift or dental veneers, when Merida is less than a 2-hour non-stop flight from Houston or Miami.”

MTY matches medical travelers with board certified, English-speaking surgeons who have had training, continuing education, or affiliations in the United States. And MTY conducts consumer evaluations of the selected hospital. Patients traveling to Merida can expect substantial savings of 35% - 75% on US prices. The agency mainly uses Merida’s Star Medica Hospital, a new state of the art, and high-tech facility.

Angeles Health International, the medical travel division for the largest private hospital network in Mexico, has a new Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation programme, working with the Phoenix Consulting Group. Hospital Angeles Tijuana is the first hospital in the Angeles network scheduled to receive its JCI Accreditation. Next, in order, will be Hospital Angeles Guadalajara, Hospital Angeles Lomas and Hospital Angeles Perdregal (both in Mexico City) and Hospital Angeles Puebla.

Paulo Yberri of Hospital Angeles Tijuana says, “JCI accreditation of Hospital Angeles network of hospitals is an important step for our Angeles Health International Medical Travel programme. In the past three and a half years, we have had 6000 medical travelers from the US, Canada, and Europe. JCI Accreditation will add to the reassurance factor so important to the medical travel process. The JCI Accreditation program will prioritize the Angeles hospitals most often selected by medical travel patients because of their convenient locations.”

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