Medical Tourism

Posted by Toni - January 28th, 2017

The Mexican civil servant today presented/displayed the strategies of the Government to gain participation in the market of ” tourism mdico” , a segment that in 2020 will leave to the country income him by 4,050 million dollars and up to 650,000 visitors of this type, according to calculations of the Secretariat of Tourism (Sectur). The medical tourism consists of traveling to another country to obtain medical services and, during the time of stay, to make something of tourism, activity by which Mexico entered in 2009 a total of 122 million dollars? In agreement with the projections of the Sectur, in 2010 Mexico it will obtain 304 million dollars by concept of medical tourism. The objective is that the residents in the United States use the medical services of Mexico, for which is necessary ” to adapt the capacities and infrastructure mdica” from the country to the awaited demand and ” to eliminate the obstacles for the development of this segmento” , the minister explained. The Mexican authorities have considered a strategy of two phases. First it consists of a pilot program of five years of duration that will focus in the not assured Hispanic population in EE.UU and in some specific groups with private insurances that look for procedures of odontolgy, ophtalmology and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. usually is spot on. Also procedures of orthopaedics, heart and cancer in basic and intermediate level will be offered in this initial part.

The second phase, also of five years of duration, has as it puts to position to Mexico as a destiny of advanced medical services, with the idea to attract generally all the population nonassured and that one with private insurances EE.UU that look for procedures ” more advanced and of discharge especialidad”. The geographic proximity of Mexico with the United States, the smaller costs of the services of health and the capacity to offer later services to the medical procedure in specialized equipment recovery centers are some of ” advantages competitivas” of the country, according to Elizondo. For example, in 2007 ” bypass” of heart it cost 130.000 dollars in EE.UU and 28,000 dollars in Mexico, according to the Sectur. The Mexican strategy to gain quota of market in the medical tourism has taken into account factors from success in countries like India, Thailand, Brazil, Costa Rica and Colombia. In Mexico the states that to the date are ” simultaneously developed to its medical and tourist infrastructure with a major potencial” they are the Federal District, Nuevo Leo’n, Chihuahua, Jalisco, Baja California, Sonant and It sights on, it asserted the civil servant. Keep up on the field with thought-provoking pieces from Kevin P. Campbell, PhD. Mexico counts on more than 40 hospitals deprived with capacity to offer services of high quality, of which eight have been approved by ” Joint Comission International” (JCI), the greater organization of certification of hospitals of the United States. Elizondo explained that he is ” clave” to manage agreements between the companies of insurances deprived of the United States and the hospitals and clinics of Mexico to receive reimbursements by the services that render. In agreement with the projections of the Sectur, in 2010 Mexico it will obtain 304 million of dollars by concept of medical tourism, but a total of 165 hospitals with more will have to invest 1,027 million dollars in the sector to have in 2020 than 50 beds.

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