Yesterday, I published an article for tourists about the different medical treatment options in Mexico called Visiting Mexico: What to Do If You Get Sick or Injured.
The timing of that article coincided with my own trip to the doctor yesterday. Since readers often ask questions about the cost and quality of medical care in Mexico, I decided to write a quick post about it.
About a week ago, Linda and I headed to a nearby resort for the day to enjoy the sun and partake in some adult beverages.
You might be thinking that the last sentence had something to do with the “incident” that later prompted me to seek medical attention — and it did, but probably not the way you would think.
When we arrived at the resort, I saw a swim up pool bar and decided I would get my first adult beverage of the day. Unfortunately, as soon as I was entering the pool, I slipped and fell backwards.
After I stood back up, I did a quick damage assessment: one scraped forearm (no biggie), one very sore left hand (I can hold a glass with the other), and one rapidly swelling foot (that one might be an issue — later).
I decided that none of the injuries necessitated cancelling the day’s activities and I carried on. After a few drinks, I felt great again.
A week later, the hand was almost completely healed, as well as the scraped forearm; however, the foot was not fairing as well. It was still swollen in one area and it hurt to walk.
That’s when I decided that it was time to get it looked at by a professional.
There are numerous doctors and medical facilities to choose from in our area. Where we choose to go, depends on our particular need at the time.
For example, if I have something minor like an ear infection, I am comfortable visiting a pharmacy doctor for $50 pesos ($2.50 USD). But, if it’s something more serious like assessing the extent of damage to my foot, I would rather see a specialist in a facility that has diagnostic equipment.
In this case, I chose a private hospital in Playa del Carmen called Hospiten. If you remember from my last article, private hospitals/clinics typically cost more but they make up for it with great care and short wait times.
I was able to make an appointment with an orthopedist immediately. The appointment began promptly at the scheduled time (which is a huge deal for me) and the doctor took his time examining the foot. He was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable.
The doctor said that he needed to take x-rays of the foot to determine if it was broken. A technician immediately took me to another part of the hospital and took two x-rays of my foot. She then sent me back to the doctor’s office where he reviewed them without any delay whatsoever.
It turns out that I did fracture one of my toes, but the orthopedist said it should heal on it’s own without any trouble. I guess my decision to stay at the resort and enjoy myself following my fall was a good one after all.
Consultation with an orthopedist: $800 pesos* ($40 USD)
Two x-rays: $760 pesos* ($38 USD)
Not having to wait around: Priceless
Total: $1,560 pesos* ($78 USD)
* Note- Prices were out-of-pocket with no medical insurance and include a discount for residents
Let’s Wrap This Up
Linda and I have been extremely impressed with the medical care that we, and many of our friends, have received in Mexico.
We feel very comfortable that our medical needs will continue to be met as we grow older in paradise.