Are Mexican Hospitals Safe?
Have you considered having plastic surgery in Mexico and would like to know what it’s like? What can you expect from a Mexican hospital versus a US hospital? Is it safe? We find that this topic is being discussed more every day, particularly when a person is faced with the expensive reality of elective surgical procedures and uber high deductibles in the US and Canada.
The cost of having a cosmetic procedure, weight loss surgery or even cosmetic dentistry done can be prohibitive to most. This is motivating more and more people to look elsewhere for their medical needs. Which is why it’s not a surprise that Mexico, with its convenient location and highly qualified doctors, is so increasingly popular.
If you are thinking about traveling to Tijuana for surgery, we want to help you manage your expectations. So, let’s talk about what you can expect once you venture across the border, because, let’s face it: medical tourism has a prejudiced reputation that is quickly destroyed when people see what it’s really like to travel to Tijuana.
Some of the most common concerns include:
Hospital Safety in Mexico
Like anywhere in the world, you want to know the place you’re going to be staying in is clean and safe. While you always need to verify the hospital or clinic, you’ll be glad to know that Mexican hospitals are no different from US hospitals: there are rules and regulations regarding cleanliness, responsible handling of patients and surgical facilities. The best hospitals are not only accredited to comply with Mexican health standards but comply with the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) accreditation, which ensures the highest levels of safety and surgical care.
Are Mexican surgeons real doctors? Is it safe to get plastic surgery in Mexico?
Yes, they are. Medical schools in Mexico are among the best and most selective in the world. Here is a quick checklist for you to verify that you are going to a good doctor:
He or she went to medical school followed by a residency.
When asked, the doctor will not hesitate to share his or her credentials with you, especially their general medical and specialty licenses (Cedula Profesional). Both can be verified online at www.cedulaprofesional.sep.gob.mx and are awarded by the secretariat of public education, the federal government body that oversees and regulates education standards.
They are board certified in their field of expertise, just like in the US. In Mexico, medical boards are known as Consejos and you can easily verify this.
The surgeon is an active member of different surgical and medical societies and associations. Extra tip: If you are going to Tijuana, most surgeons are also active in California’s medical associations.
How much does surgery cost in Mexico? Is a cheaper price a red flag?
The same procedure can easily be 50% cheaper in Mexico when compared to the US. Of course, there is a thing as too cheap. Instead of focusing on cost, start your search by reviewing doctors and clinics. The best clinics will offer you a complimentary consultation and give you an estimate for your procedure including hospital stay, surgeon and anesthesiologist fees. You will then see how you can get great medical attention at a more affordable price without sacrificing safety.
In the following video, Dr. Quiroz, head of surgeons at VIDA explains a little about cost of plastic surgery in México:
I don’t know anyone, how will I know where to go? Will someone from the clinic help me?
Hospitals in Tijuana really know how to care for their foreign patients. Tijuana has been a popular medical tourism for decades now, so rest assured that your clinic will assist you in every way they can. Do you want to know if there is a pharmacy or laboratory nearby? Just ask, they’ll help you coordinate lab visits and fill prescriptions. Do you need a place to stay before your surgery? They’ll be glad to offer you advice on convenient hotels. Want to enjoy a tasty meal not too far from the doctor’s office? They’ll be glad to give you some pointers.
To sum it up and determine how safe it actually is to get plastic surgery in Mexico, here is what you can expect:
- Mexican surgeons are highly qualified and trained in the newest techniques and procedures. You can verify their credentials.
- Clinics are clean and comply with international standards.
- Prices are unbelievably affordable without sacrificing quality or safety.
- The medical and nursing staff are super helpful before, during and after your procedure.
If you’re ready to start planning your cosmetic surgery or would simply like more information about VIDA Wellness and Beauty, our surgeons and our services, call us now at (619) 738-2144.