Published On: Fri, Jan 31st, 2014

The Pros And Cons of Medical Tourism In Merida, Yucatan

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For many years, the private health system in Merida, Yucatan has been of the highest standard and has a wide range of specialties. Savvy Americans and Canadians have been coming for years to take advantage of the much cheaper costs of medical treatment compared with back home. This article will outline the benefits and disadvantages of choosing Merida for your medical treatment.

Most of the doctors and surgeons have studied at the University of Yucatan (UADY) which has the reputation for having one of the finest medical schools in Mexico. Many of these doctors go on to study in America and Europe, and return with highly advanced skills and up-to-date technology.

In the centre of the city of Merida, there are several hospitals offering a complete range of treatments – to name the three principal hospitals, the Clinica de Merida, the Centro de las Americas (CMA), and Centro de Especialidades Medicas del Sureste (CEM). The new flagship hospital Star Medica is located in the north of Merida. Recently completed, Star Medica has up-to-the-minute facilities, latest technology, and very comfortable amenities.

Another aspect of medical tourism in Merida is the excellent level of dentistry. Dentists have studied in Merida and then completed post-graduate study in the States. They have all the facilities necessary from basic check-ups to every conceivable form of dental work.

The Pros:

* The first major consideration is that it is so much cheaper than back home.

* Doctors are highly qualified and up-to-date.

* Hospitals are very well equipped, and comfortable.

* If your doctor needs you to have an analysis or X-rays, they can be arranged immediately, within the same building.

* Most doctors speak excellent English.

* Appointments can be made quickly. You do not have to wait months to see your specialist. Usually you can call and be seen on the same day.

The Cons:

* You are in a foreign country, far from your family and loved ones. Having medical treatment is a trauma for your body and spirit, and if you come on your own, you could feel isolated and vulnerable, which would not help your healing process. Ideally you would come with a companion, who could stay in a hotel close by, to be near you for moral support and make sure that everything goes according to your wishes.

* Post treatment recovery. Until your doctor releases you from his care, all the follow-up checks have been made, and you feel ready to fly back to your own country, you will need to find comfortable accommodation for your recuperation period. Merida has an enormous range of hotels from five star, through boutique hotels, to the humble bed and breakfast, and there would be absolutely no problem finding somewhere to your taste and budget.

It is not within the remit of this article to recommend any particular doctor, dentist or hospital. However, information is readily accessible on the internet. If you search for the hospitals named above you will be able to find details about their different specialties and facilities.

Even though the logistics may seem a little daunting, medical tourism is a very real possibility when looking for a solution to a health problem. Merida, Yucatan has all the facilities you might need, and during your recovery period, you can enjoy staying in a beautiful colonial city with modern amenities and old-world Mexican charm.

Elizabeth-Arnott Elizabeth Arnott is English, and has lived for more than ten years in Merida, Yucatan. She  is very happy to be integrated into the Mexican way of life, and loves to share her  experiences and insights into her adopted country. During her ten years in Merida, she has  received first class treatment both in dentistry and medical care, and has no hesitation in  recommending the health facilities that are available in Merida.

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