Private Medical Care in Mexico

My son had an attack of appendicitis late Saturday night.  I knew that the Obamacare inflated prices for surgery in the U.S. would be ridiculous and that the service would likely be impersonal, involve long waits, and be nerve-wracking.  I have friends in the medical field so I inquired just for grins.  The price for the latest routine appendectomy in my area was, my jaw dropped, $43,000.  I read on-line that the average cost for an appendectomy in the U.S. is $33,000.   I am not near some of the great direct-pay medical facilities in the U.S. like the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, but I am near Mexico.  I chose that option since I have often utilized foreign medical and dental facilities in the past and find the service and prices to be outstanding.

The main first rate hospitals in this part of Arizona are run by the Catholic Church.  They, of course, operate under the constraints of Obamacare and other onerous U.S. rules and can’t offer pure free-market rates.  So, they are pricey along with all the others.

Time to buy old US gold coins

I opted for the nearby private Catholic hospital in Mexico driving past a Catholic hospital in the U.S. en route.  I also drove past the state run socialist hospital in Mexico which of course has deplorable service and doesn’t serve Americans anyway.  Most of the private hospitals in Mexico have great service, modern equipment and procedures, and affordable prices.  You can actually have extensive conversations with surgeons and the rest of the medical staff.  They are very patient, respectful, and understanding.  We arrived on a Sunday morning.  This counted as an emergency after-hours visit.  The fees listed below are higher because of the Sunday call-out for surgical personnel and the…

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