The worldwide market for medical tourism in 2013 was said to be worth about $2.847 billion, with by most accounts 7 million patients looking for medical treatment outside their own country every year. As per Patients without Borders, a U.S. business that specializes in the field, Mexico is right now the second most popular medical tourism destination, after Thailand.
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Across the nation, Mexico has more than 71,000 specialists working in medial centers and private facilities. Nearly two-thirds of all doctors in Mexico are specialists, contrasted with a normal of 57.7% for all OECD countries.
Mexico’s Economy Secretariat says that medical tourisim in 2013 contributed $4.2 billion to the nationl economy. This figure is growing at a rate of 7% a year and includes spas, massages and holistic approaches.
Patients without Borders say that patients from the USA and Canada pay somewhere around 36 and 80% less for operations and treatments in Mexico than the expense in their nation of origin. The most important states for medical tourism are Nuevo León, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, Jalisco, Quintana Roo and Yucatán.
A plan to construct a new “medical city” has been announced by health officials in Quintana Roo. The new center will be called “Jardines de la Sabiduría” (Gardens of Wisdom) and built on a 550-hectare parcel in the middle of Cancún and Puerto Morelos. The new city would have four zones: residential, medical, entertainment and cultural/educational, and would incorporate no less than four healing centers: for children, cancer care, dental work and orthopedic surgeries.