When we moved to Mexico, I was surprised to see that the clinical laboratories were marketing directly to the public. They offer a wide range of packages and promotions that make it easy and convenient for people to use their services without necessarily going through a doctor.
We go to the lab a couple of times a year for some routine blood/urine work to make sure all of our levels (e.g. cholesterol) are still in the normal range.
The nice part is that they email us the results within 24 hours, so there’s no need to make a special trip back to the lab to pick them up. We can then forward them to our doctor via email, if necessary.
It’s important to note that the lab results are in Spanish. If you need help interpreting your results and/or making health-related decisions based on them, one inexpensive option is to visit a pharmacy doctor. The average price for a consultation is only $50 pesos ($2.50 USD).
Lab prices vary quite a bit but you can expect to pay between $25-$100 USD. The cost really depends on how extensive you want the testing to be.
Since we are particularly thrifty, we only visit the labs that offer a locals discount. That saves us an additional 10-20%.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Recently, I was chatting on the phone with an old friend back in the States and I mentioned that I had my blood/urine work done for about $50 USD.
He laughed and said, “I thought you said it was less expensive in Mexico. I just saw the doctor and had my blood work done for only $20 bucks.” Of course, he was referring to the price of his insurance copay, not the total cost of those services.
I then reminded him that we no longer pay those high U.S. insurance premiums and that over the last three years, that has saved us around $20,000. Upon hearing that, the laughter disappeared from his voice and he responded with a simple “wow.”
Living in Mexico has allowed us to save money on everything from health care to cell phone bills. Every penny that we save — or peso in this case — means that we have more disposable income to dedicate to more enjoyable activities like traveling. We know that we would never have been able to live this well on this little if we had stayed in the U.S.