What Is Medical Tourism?
Many people struggle with their weight. When someone is significantly above their ideal weight range it can cause health problems and physical limitations. Unfortunately, losing weight is complex, and diet and exercise plans often prove ineffective. Bariatric surgery can reduce the stomach size and reroute the digestive system to encourage drastic weight loss.
Sadly, people cannot always afford the cost of bariatric surgery within the United States, which is why many travel to Tijuana Bariatrics in Tijuana, Mexico. Medical tourism combines travel with quality and affordable medical care outside of the country. Medical tourism allows people to get life-saving treatment that may be financially inaccessible at home.
Why Consider Medical Tourism?
There are many benefits to medical tourism, but most patients report cost as the primary factor behind their decision to travel for medical care. The cost of living in the United States is substantially higher than that in many other countries, and that is reflected in the healthcare system. Even with insurance coverage, it can be difficult to cover the cost of medical treatment and surgery. Since bariatric surgery is often considered an elective procedure, it is especially difficult to pay for treatment out-of-pocket.
The cost of living in Tijuana is a fraction of that in the United States, which means that those who travel to Mexico for their bariatric procedure will pay substantially less than they would for the same treatment at home. The lower cost of living means that hotels, transportation, and food are also more affordable, so people can enjoy luxury amenities and a beautiful vacation setting while traveling for medical care.
Is Medical Tourism Safe?
As much as people appreciate the saving costs that come with medical tourism, it is natural to wonder if it is safe to travel to another country for medical treatment. At Tijuana Bariatrics we take every precaution to ensure that the medical treatment patients receive is equal to (or better) than what they would receive in the United States. Our center coordinates care with highly qualified and educated bariatric surgeons and medical staff who have trained at some of the top medical institutes in the world. Furthermore, all bariatric procedures coordinated through our center take place at Florence Hospital, which is equipped with the latest technology and meets the same rigorous safety standards as U.S. hospitals.
Benefits of Medical Tourism
In recent years the field of medical tourism has continued to grow. This is due in large part to the numerous benefits that medical tourism provides, such as:
- High-quality medical care at a fraction of the cost
- Vacation-like amenities
- Access to top surgeons and medical staff
- Attentive patient care before, during, and after surgery
- All-inclusive costs (medical tourism packages typically include pre-and post-surgical care, ground transportation, and lodging)
Contact Tijuana Bariatrics
If you have ruled out bariatric surgery due to the cost of medical care in the United States, you owe it to yourself to consider medical tourism. To learn more about medical tourism packages and the services offered at Tijuana Bariatrics, send us a message online, or call (664) 167-7290.