Need to See a Doctor While on Vacation in Mexico? Try a Pharmacy Doctor

Source: Q-Roo Paul

There is nothing worse than being on vacation and getting sick. Whether it’s an ear infection or a case of Montezuma’s revenge, you may find yourself needing some medical treatment while visiting Mexico.

If you are staying at a larger hotel or resort, they usually have the name of a doctor who is available to tend to your medical needs 24 hours a day. Although this may be a good option after normal business hours, it can be fairly expensive. An average consultation from a hotel doctor ranges between $100 – $150 USD. The price can skyrocket from there depending on the type of treatment you require.

Just in case you aren’t familiar with currency designations, USD means U.S. dollars.


For minor issues, you may want to turn to one of the many doctors’ offices affiliated with pharmacies. There is no insurance required and they are very inexpensive.

In Spanish, these are called consultorios medicos, or just consultorios for short.

During business hours, you can be examined and treated by a licensed physician. One of the benefits of using this service – other than the cost (see below) – is that any prescribed medications can be obtained at the pharmacy next door.

Average Cost of Treatment

Prices vary depending on location. Here are a few prices from a consultorio in Tulum (not the one shown in the picture):

Medical Consultation: $45 pesos ($2.25 USD)

Blood Pressure Check: $15 pesos ($0.75 USD)

Blood Sugar Check: $30 pesos ($1.50 USD)

Stitches: $55 pesos ($2.75 USD)

I think an example is needed in order to really understand just how affordable this option is for people.


Let’s say that you have strep throat and you go to a consultorio located at a pharmacy for treatment and medication:

Consultation $45 pesos ($2.25 USD) + prescription for Cephalexin $69 pesos ($3.45 USD) = 114 pesos ($5.70 USD)

For less than $6 USD you are on your way to feeling better. Even with insurance in the United States, I couldn’t see my doctor for less than a $20 USD copay and that didn’t include the cost of medication.

More Serious Needs

If your condition is too serious for the pharmacy doctor to treat, he or she can still assist you by providing referral information for a nearby specialist or hospital.

Let’s Wrap This Up

I’ve been very impressed with both the cost and the quality of medical treatment here in Mexico. The physicians generally spend a lot more time with each patient and the care is far more personalized than what we were used to living in the U.S.

Some physicians have even given us their personal cell phone numbers in case we have any questions or issues related to their prescribed treatment. That never happened to us back in the U.S.

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Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico ( to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

11 Comments on "Need to See a Doctor While on Vacation in Mexico? Try a Pharmacy Doctor"

  1. Wish I had this info last August. I was in Cabo with my wife when I came down with a bad cold/flu. I was miserable and not showing any sign of improvement even after a week of sickness. My wife insisted I go and she took me to a doctor just outside of the gates of the resort. He was English speaking and very kind. I was examined, got a steroid shot, follow up oral steroids, and a round of antibiotics. I felt MUCH better in 12 hours. My total bill was $250. I reasoned with myself that any price was fair because I felt much better, but I knew I got screwed. I just thought health care in a resort town was expensive.

    • That is high but the most important thing is that you felt better. We had a neighbor here that was so sick with a flu / virus that she could barely get out of bed. A local doctor (not a resort one) made a house call, and did everything that you are describing and the bill came to around $70.

  2. Awesome information. Thank you.

  3. great article pal!

  4. We have had really excellent help from consultarios while on Isla Mujeres and so reasonably priced with NO WAITING!

  5. Kellee Cornell | December 7, 2016 at 9:02 am |

    Excelllent information. Thank you for all of your posts, they are really helpful. You are very appreciated!

  6. Larry and Jodee Lemos | December 7, 2016 at 11:42 am |

    Thanks Paul! My wife and I are moving south next year and your information has taken a huge load off of us. Trying to figure all of this out without living there has been a bit worrisome, but your info has been huge in relieving some of the anxiety. 🙂 Thanks again and keep doin’ whatchu doin’!

  7. I had to see a doctor twice a cardiologist once and my wife seen the dentist three times to get dental work, I think were down $200 Canadian very good deal and like you said no waiting. Call the doctor he said when can you be here, 20 min see you then lol. Blood work 9 AM, Cardiologist at 7 PM all done the same day 🙂

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