Things You Need To Know Before Planning Medical Or Wellness Travel to Mexico

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As healthcare costs continue to soar in the United States and Canada, a growing number of Americans and Canadians are seeking an alternative path to medical care. 

The allure of affordable, quality treatments has spurred a remarkable trend in medical tourism, with Mexico emerging as a favored destination for those seeking routine medical procedures and specialized treatments. 

In this article, I uncover the reasons behind Mexico’s increasing popularity for medical tourism, explore the diverse range of medical services it provides, and offer essential considerations for those considering a journey to this healthcare and medical tourism haven.

Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, Mexico has long been celebrated for its rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. However, it is not just the beauty of pristine beaches and ancient ruins that draws travelers to this captivating nation; but also the growing reputation of its medical tourism industry. 


The spectrum of medical services available to international patients is extensive, catering to a diverse range of healthcare needs:

  • Among the most sought-after treatments, cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures stand out as a popular choices for individuals seeking enhancement and rejuvenation.
  • Dental tourism has also flourished in Mexico, with a wide array of dental services, including crowns, veneers, and cosmetic dentistry, drawing patients from abroad. 
  • In the realm of orthopedic procedures, Mexico’s renowned medical professionals perform joint surgeries, knee replacements, and hip replacements, offering effective solutions to improve mobility and quality of life. 
  • Diagnostic services, such as MRI and CT scans, hold immense appeal for those seeking prompt and precise evaluations, bypassing lengthy wait times (Canada)  or high costs ( the US)  often experienced in their home countries. 
  • Another significant aspect of medical services in Mexico is weight loss surgeries, which attract patients looking for comprehensive weight management solutions or transformative procedures to combat obesity-related health issues.
  • Furthermore, Mexico has emerged as a destination for specialized treatments that might be cost-prohibitive or unavailable elsewhere. From alternative methods for cancer and stem cell treatments not developed or covered in their home countries to cardiac interventions like angioplasty, heart surgeries, and transplants, patients find accessible and effective medical solutions, often accompanied by professional personalized care and compassion.
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One of the most significant reasons that make Mexico a hotspot for medical tourism is the accessibility and affordability of healthcare. 

The skyrocketing healthcare costs in the United States have become a major burden for many Americans. According to, citing Medical Departures data, medical care in Mexico is over 50% cheaper than in the US. For example, traveling for surgery to Mexico will be cheaper even with the cost of travel, the hotel stay, and any nursing care afterward.

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And contrary to common misconceptions, it provides medical services that are on par with those offered in the United States, but without a complex insurance system that can often create barriers to receiving timely help. 

Mexico’s geographical proximity to the United States, short travel times, and the availability of direct flights to major Mexican cities also contribute to the convenience of medical travel.

Meanwhile for Canadians medical tourism to Mexico has become a solution to escape long frustrating waiting times for certain treatments and procedures. Seeking elective surgeries, cosmetic enhancements, or tests and scans abroad allows them to avoid the waiting lists back home and access more immediate care. And in the case of extensive dental work or elective surgery not covered by provincial health plans or not allowed in Canada, it can often be cheaper in Mexico.


With a good old friend and faithful client of mine, Jennifer, we had been meticulously planning her family’s relocation from Toronto to Mexico for nearly half a year. Everything seemed on track, and the final preparations were underway until an unexpected twist took us by surprise. Jennifer revealed that the relocation needed to be postponed for another six months due to unforeseen expenses for a dental emergency. Her teeth had suddenly broken, leaving her with a pressing issue that required immediate attention.

Understandably concerned about the expenses, Jennifer shared her dilemma with me. That’s when I offered her a solution that would not only address her dental problem but also keep her relocation dreams intact. I recommended a reputable dental clinic in Playa del Carmen and Queretaro, known for its top-quality services on par and even over with those in Canada. The best part was that Jennifer could save valuable time for an overall procedure and a staggering two times the total cost she would have incurred back home.

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Apart from reliable and affordable clinics in Cancun, I recommended to everyone looking for affordable good treatments, the most popular cities for medical tourism are:

  • Tijuana ( Baja California Norte) 
  • Mexico City (CDMX)
  • Playa del Carmen (Quintana Roo)
  • Guadalajara (Jalisco)
  • Puebla City (Puebla)
  • Merida (Yucatan) 
  • San Luis Potosi City ( San Luis Potosi)


But, if you think that exceptional medical facilities are the only things to represent the whole healthcare ecosystem in Mexico, you are wrong. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. 

Now let’s explore the array of wellness opportunities that make this country an ideal destination for those seeking a holistic approach to health and well-being.

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Mexico’s wellness tourism offers a variety of transformative retreats for travelers seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, some of them are:  

  • Hydrotherapy experiences allow visitors to unwind amidst natural hot springs or indulge in revitalizing hydrotherapy circuits at luxurious spa retreats. 
  • Massage therapy, yoga, meditation, and full body-mind cleansing options range from traditional Mexican traditions like Temazcal, a pre-Hispanic sweat lodge ritual, to modern retreat centers and spa treatments, melting away stress and tension. It helps eliminate toxins, cure inflammations, and ease pains in the joints.
  • Traditional herbal medicine and aromatherapy, using essential oils derived from local flora, offer sensory journeys to promote treatments for certain diseases, relaxation, and emotional well-being.
  • Embracing unconventional methods, Mexico’s wellness scene incorporates psilocybin treatments for mental and emotional healing. These controlled sessions, using certain mushrooms, assist individuals in addressing emotional trauma and achieving personal growth.

Retreat settings vary from luxurious beachside properties in Riviera Maya to tranquil Hacienda estates nestled in the jungles of the Yucatan, each offering personalized spa treatments, menus, and restorative activities like yoga, meditation, surfing lessons, and many more.

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Additionally, Mexico’s wellness tourism landscape has seen the rise of intentional communities that provide immersive wellness retreats for visitors seeking a deeper spiritual connection and transformative experiences. These intentional communities, linked to the principles of sustainability, holistic living, and communal well-being, offer a unique opportunity for travelers, expats, and locals to engage in workshops, healing circles, and mindfulness practices, further enhancing their overall wellness journey. To explore the allure of intentional communities in Mexico and how they complement the country’s thriving wellness tourism scene, check out my previous article. 

A Thriving Medical Tourism Hub

Mexico’s thriving medical tourism industry, coupled with its rich wellness opportunities, has positioned the country as a sought-after destination for those seeking accessible and high-quality healthcare worldwide. From top-notch medical treatments to transformative retreats, Mexico offers a tapestry of experiences that cater to the mind, body, and spirit.

As an international lifestyle consultant with in-depth knowledge of Mexico’s healthcare landscape and wellness offerings, I can guide you toward the best medical facilities or wellness retreats that align with your needs and preferences. 

Contact me for a personalized consultation, and embark on a transformative adventure in Mexico with confidence, knowing that I am here to support you every step of the way.



Hi, I am Emily Bron.

After living and working in 4 countries (3 continents), experiencing several immigrations, changing several professional fields and being an avid traveler, I created International Lifestyle Consulting to help you to find the best matching place and to relocate abroad for a better quality of life, work, or retirement.

As a professional Baby Boomer and Remote worker, I am relocating again!

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