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Healthcare System and Quality in Mexico

Mexico has traditionally been stereotypically known as a narco-state with all the challenges of a developing economy. While the world was busy looking down on this country, it has quietly, but effectively, been proving its mettle in the medical industry. People first noticed the effectiveness and high response of Mexico's medical care systems during the 2009 outbreak of swine flu, when the country’s medical care system received high praise from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Hospitals and Doctor Standards in Mexico

Quality and affordability are chief drivers of the medical tourism market in Mexico. The Joint Commission International (JCI), an American-based standardization authority, has awarded accreditation to seven hospitals in the country. Monterrey's CHRISTUS Muguerza Alta Especialidad was the first Mexican hospital to be accredited by the JCI. Other hospitals that have been awarded a similar accreditation include:

  •  Assisteo Mexico S.A. de C.V.
  •  Clinica Cumbres Chihuahua 
  •  Hospital CIMA Chihuahua
  •  Hospital Galenia
  •  The American British Cowdray Medical Center IAP – Observatorio Campus
  •  The American British Cowdray Medical Center IAP – Santa Fe Campus

Mexico also has a national certification program, put in place by the General Health Council through the Healthcare Certification Commission, which was established in the year 1999. The healthcare system in Mexico puts patient safety first, through such national and international certification and accreditation requirements. Although there are several public, private and boutique clinics across Mexico that offer cost-effective treatment options, only two percent of all these medical centers are certified by the General Health Council. However, an increasing number of hospitals are applying for accreditation, with the government increasingly urging them to acquire recognition through conformation to standardization requirements.

Apart from the JCI accredited hospitals, Mexico has over hundred hospitals that are certified by the Federal Ministry of Health. Both the government and the private sectors combine to make a network of hospitals and clinics that provide expert, experienced and quality medical services at affordable prices for the citizens, as well as the medical tourists visiting the country. 

Most of the doctors and other medical professionals have received medical education in the U.S. They are up-to-date with the latest medical breakthroughs and changes in the healthcare industry and have access to the relevant infrastructure to help them apply it in their practices. The medical treatments and facilities available in Mexico are comparable to similar services offered by other countries such as USA and UK that are industry leaders.

More information about healthcare and medical tourism in Mexico

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