Paving the Way for Mexico’s
Successful Medical Tourism Industry
According to recent statistics, over 59
million Americans do not have health insurance. That said, there is
obviously a tremendous need for affordable alternatives for those requiring
either minor or major surgery. Despite Mexico’s ongoing struggles, there a
few areas where the country is feeling a positive impact. Foreign investments
are booming and now “Medical Tourism” is taking hold and bringing in a new type
of visitor and potentially millions of dollars to the economy. With the ease
and affordability of traveling south of the border, along with state-of-the-art
facilities, current technology, US trained (English speaking) doctors and
surgeons, and virtually no wait times, Mexico is quickly becoming a leader in
this fast-growing industry.
A forecast by Deloitte Consulting projected that medical tourism originating
in the US
could jump by a factor of ten over the next decade. The growth in medical
tourism has the potential to cost US health care providers billions of dollars
in lost revenue and bring those huge dollars into a host of other countries
Leading the way is a revolutionary company called MedToGo International. I
first met the founders ten years ago in Acapulco.
Dr. Robert H. Page, Dr. Curtis Page and Robert Page Jr. are an impressive
family of over achievers who were, at the time, publishing a book called Mexico: Health
and Safety Travel Guide.
They spent two years in 50 Mexican cities researching doctors and hospitals
suitable for tourists. The end result: the ultimate guide for any tourist (or
ex-pat) looking for an English-speaking doctor with excellent credentials (or
an accredited hospital) almost anywhere in the country. This book on its own is
an extraordinary product.
Over the years, the connections they made and the contacts they had began to
take another turn. And, like most successful entrepreneurs, the Page family
simply connected the dots. Today they are the only medical tourism company
owned and operated by U.S.
physicians. They have elevated MedToGo International© (MTGI) into the most
trusted and credible healthcare referral service in North America, and offer
patients surgical savings of up to 80% of what they would pay in the states. (A
knee replacement for a registered MTGI© patient, including six days of physical
therapy, costs about one-fourth of what it would be in the United States.)
They have conducted personal interviews and certification background checks
on more than 700 physicians and have inspected over 80 private hospitals
abroad. Only the top 10%, or those meeting the strictest health standards,
parallel to that found in the U.S.
are selected. As a result, MTGI© clients can feel assured that they will be
working with the finest physicians and institutions outside the United States.
In Mexico, their surgical
partners are located in Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Mexico
City, Leon, Hermosillo,
Merida, and Tijuana.
The major areas of elective and specialized surgical offerings include:
- Orthopedic Surgery: Total knee or hip replacement; ACL, tendon or meniscal
repair; spinal surgery; shoulder surgery
- Kidney Transplant: Live kidney donor already identified and
- Cardiovascular Surgery
- Weight Loss/Obesity Surgery: Lap Band, Gastric Bypass,
Gastric Sleeve, Metabolic Gastric Bypass
- General Surgery: Hernia Repair, Gallbladder, Nissen Fundoplication
- Gynecological Surgery: Laparoscopic or Vaginal Hysterectomy
- Dental Surgery: Full mouth Restoration
- Plastic Surgery: Breast Reduction, Liposuction,
Post-bariatric Plastic Surgery