They Came to Tijuana for Medical Care, they Stayed in Rosarito for the Lifestyle
Medical tourism in Tijuana, Mexico, has long been popular for Americans seeking affordable healthcare. But for many Americans, what starts as a sporadic visit, turns into a reason to move to Mexico for good.
Many Americans opting for routine medical care in Tijuana, end up buying properties in the coastal town of Rosarito. Tijuana is located just south of the US-Mexico border and is easily accessible by road or air. The city has several top-rated private hospitals and clinics that offer a wide range of medical services at a fraction of the cost of similar procedures in the United States. Rosarito is 30 minutes south of Tijuana, and is famous for its spectacular ocean views and seafood.
“Americans who live here see local doctors in Rosarito for routine checkups, and dentists for everything from cleanings to dental implants,” says Max Katz, President of Beachside Realty Group. “They pay a third of what they would in the US for medical and dental care.” Jonathan Harris, an American living in Rosarito, recently had a hip replacement in Tijuana for $12,000, including the hospital stay. “I was able to pick the doctor I wanted and ended up paying less than my deductible for my US insurance,” says Harris.
Here are some of the reasons that have driven the trend of Americans moving to Rosarito for medical care:
The cost of healthcare in the United States is among the highest in the world, and many Americans cannot afford the cost of treatment. Even with insurance, patients can be left with substantial out-of-pocket expenses. In contrast, patients pay up to 70% less for medical procedures in Tijuana without sacrificing the quality of care. This makes it an attractive option for uninsured or underinsured people who simply cannot afford the high cost of medical procedures in the US.
The quality of medical care in Northern Baja. Hospitals and medical facilities in Tijuana are staffed by highly trained and experienced medical professionals and furnished with state-of-the-art medical equipment. Tijuana has several healthcare professionals trained in the latest medical technologies and techniques. Many doctors and surgeons in Tijuana have received their education and training in the United States or Europe. They are fluent in English, so language is rarely a barrier.Sharon
The shorter wait times for medical treatment are also a significant factor driving the trend. Unlike in the United States, where it can often take weeks or even months to get an appointment with a doctor or specialist, medical treatment in Mexico is usually available immediately, with little to no waiting time. This can be a huge advantage for Americans who need medical treatment urgently or simply do not want to wait long to get the care they need.
The lifestyle. Expats appreciate the opportunity to combine their medical treatment with the Mexican lifestyle. Living in Rosarito means beachfront properties, restaurants, and grocery stores at a fraction of what they cost in the US. Americans who move to Rosarito for healthcare enjoy a stress-free lifestyle, with the financial freedom to enjoy the finer things in life.
At-home care. In Rosarito, it is easy to find caretakers for round-the-clock care. Aides charge very reasonable fees and may also cook and help with basic chores.
Affordable medical care is an excellent reason to move to Rosarito. Proper planning and research allow patients to enjoy a safe and successful medical experience while taking advantage of the many benefits of living in Rosarito.