We know that our readers — many of whom live outside of Mexico — are interested in articles about the cost and quality of both medical and dental care in Mexico. That’s why I decided to do a quick post about Linda’s trip to a dentist this week in Tulum, Mexico.
Long story short, Linda was having trouble with a filling that she had gotten back in her teens and it needed to be replaced. A cavity had formed around it, which needed to be removed before the new filling was put in.
This was actually Linda’s second trip to this particular dentist, Dr. Gustavo Lopez Rocha of Costamed. The first visit was a couple of months earlier for a routine cleaning and check-up.
In case you were wondering, that visit cost $400 pesos, or about $21 USD.
Quality of Care and Cost
No one likes having dental work done, especially when there is drilling involved, but Linda said that it wasn’t that bad. The dentist was very friendly and patient and he made sure that the anesthesia was working well before beginning the procedure, which took about an hour and a half.
When it was all over, Linda gave me a crooked smile — which is all she could manage because half of her face was still numb — and told me that she would definitely return to Dr. Gustavo Lopez Rocha.
The cost of this procedure, without the benefit of insurance, was $660 pesos, or about $35 USD.
Let’s Wrap This Up
One thing that continues to impress me about Mexico — even after having lived here for four years — is the exceptional level of patient care that appears to be the norm in the private healthcare system.
The best part is that it’s affordable for most retirees, even without the benefit of health or dental insurance.