What is medical tourism and why should I consider it?
Medical tourism is the act of traveling away from your home country to receive medical care. For the more than 50 million Americans without adequate health and medical insurance, medical tourism offers an affordable way to receive the care they need. It also provides a cost effective alternative for individuals seeking high-quality elective procedures, such as cosmetic surgery and/or dentistry.
What is the average cost savings of medical procedures in Mexico compared to the U.S.?
Our patients tell us that our prices are generally 30 – 50% lower than typical U.S. prices. Some of our procedures are even more affordable, offering savings of 50% or more.
How should I prepare for a medical vacation?
At Almater, we strive to make your preparation as easy as possible by providing you with detailed checklists to help you get ready for a successful medical vacation. Please refer to our Patient Guide for a list of suggested items to bring with you, as well as important documents you will need for the admission process.
Do I need medical tourism or travel insurance?
While the doctors at Almater hospital are Board Certified and recognized for their excellence, some patients prefer to insure their medical travel for complete safety and peace of mind. Travel insurance protects you against unseen events, like hurricanes, cancelled flights, delayed flights, lost baggage, theft etc. The cost for good travel insurance is generally worth the sense of security it provides.
Are there any vaccinations I need to get before my trip?
No, you are not required to get any vaccinations to travel to Mexico.
What is the process for setting up a doctor appointment?
As an international patient at Almater, you will be assigned an International Patient Coordinator who will serve as your personal concierge and ensure that all of your arrangements are handled with the utmost care and attention to detail. From coordinating your travel arrangements to scheduling doctor appointments, our International Patient Coordinators are with you every step of the way to ensure that your medical vacation is a success. Contact one of our International Patient Coordinators about scheduling your medical vacation during the business week by phone at 1 (888) 581-1019 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your email within 12-24 hours.
I’m still not sure about receiving medical care outside of the U.S. How can I trust the quality of care at Almater Hospital?
Our doctors and surgeons are Board Certified Physicians, just like in the U.S. and Canada. At Almater, many of our physicians have received training from the same universities and under the same guidelines as most American and Canadian doctors.
Why is medical care more affordable in Mexico?
Operating expenses in our country today are much lower than in countries like the US and Canada. We have lower construction and operating costs which allows us to offer a high level of technology and quality medical care.
Additionally, costs are typically lower because of:
- Favorable exchange rates
- Lower government taxes
- Less administrative paper shuffling
- Less expensive medical supplies/equipment/medications
How do I find a doctor?
You can refer to our list of specialists, or search our site according to the specialty in which you are interested. Please feel free to contact our International Patient Coordinator to discuss the options you have for your care with Almater Hospital.
What if I don’t find the procedure that I want on your website?
Our network covers a wide spectrum of medical procedures, from the least invasive procedures to the most advanced procedures. If you cannot find the procedure that you are interested in, please contact us, or fill out the request a quote form on our website. We will reply to you within 48 hours about your inquiry.
What if my family doctor advises against a medical procedure abroad?
Such advice is certainly to be expected. Almater Hospital has rigorous healthcare standards and strong patient rights. We are an accredited hospital and have only the highest quality standards.
We have had many doctors from the U.S. tour our facility. They have been impressed with both the procedures and the staff. We invite you to take a tour prior to your stay with us.
How can it be safe to travel so far after a surgical procedure?
Your travel plans will be entirely dictated by the surgical procedure you select. Your doctor and International Patient Coordinator will inform you about the recommended recuperation time required before return travel.
What type of travel documents do we need?
A valid passport is a must for travel to Mexico. Your passport should be valid for at least another 6 months from your date of travel. If it is about to expire…get it renewed before you travel. Bring important medical documents with you, such as x-rays, MRI reports, and any important information that your doctors and medical team should know.
What is the currency in Mexicali and do I need to exchange my money?
US Dollars are accepted everywhere in Mexicali. ATMs are plentiful throughout the tourist areas. It’s very easy to withdraw cash at these locations or to pay with your credit card.
Questions to Ask Your Provider
Quality health care is a team effort. You play an important role. One of the best ways to communicate with your doctor and health care team is by asking questions. To make it easier for you when communicating with your provider at Almater Hospital, you can prepare your questions before your appointment. Following are just a few ideas to get you started.
- Do I need to obtain any vaccinations prior to going to Mexicali?
- Do I need to purchase medicine or fill prescriptions before I travel for my procedure?
- What kinds of tests will I need to take for my procedure?
- How many times have you performed this procedure?
- Why do I need this treatment?
- Are there any alternatives you would recommend?
- What are the possible complications?
- Are there any side effects I should be aware of?
- Will this medicine interact with medicines that I’m already taking?
- How much time will I need to recover?