Mexican hospitals are equal in quality to the medical tourism hospitals in India, and Mexico has the advantage that it's closer to home which translates into less stress of travel for American medical tourists plus, overall, a more sustainable senior health care resource for baby-boomers considering the cost savings of retiring abroad.
Mexico has several hospitals staffed with American and American-trained physicians and surgeons as well as American owned and run hospitals, like the AmeriMed Hospital Group, as well as private medical clinics for urgent care that have sprouted up recently in many of the most popular Mexico coastal towns.
So the big picture being painted here is that the same places you might go for surgery or a medical vacation in Mexico are popular retirement destinations for baby-boomers and for the same reasons; the health care experience and the feeling that you're on vacation. Plus, there's an abundance of American communities; neighborhoods where you'll feel at home.
New neighborhood, same friends, is Mexico's allure for baby-boomers looking at retiring abroad for the obvious savings in cost of living and for the high standard of living and choice of locations that feature accessible health care in terms of hospitals, urgent care and alternative care.
After all, how many times a year do you go to the hospital compared to how many visits you make to the chiropractor, the dentist, and to your physicians for common ailments and to specialists for your individual health care needs?
So it's the sustainable medical care in general that allows seniors to maintain a high standard quality of life, and that's what matters most to retirees when picking a retirement destination.
More good news for seniors, is that American insurance companies offering expatriate medical insurance for American retirees are now facing stiff competition from private Mexican medical providers offering very affordable urgent care insurance to foreigners in popular Mexican coastal and resort destinations, and soon will offer full-coverage health care insurance for a fraction of the cost of a comparable insurance policy in the States.
Competition between the U. S. and Mexico in the health care and medical insurance industries bodes well for baby-boomers looking to sustain their quality of life upon retirement without depleting their financial nest egg for medical care.
Ilene Little, a former newspaper columnist for the Journal of the San Juans, The Key West Citizen, and Special to The Seattle Times, is founder of http://www.traveling4health.com connecting BOOMers to the notion of global solutions for healthcare and retirement.
Check out an example of affordable urgent care insurance available to foreigners living in the popular Mexican resort town of Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point, Mexico), by visiting the Healthcare Abroad section of Traveling4Health.