Cancun MexicoMexico has become a popular destination for US and Canadian citizens seeking affordable healthcare.  Due to its convenient location along the US southern border and the relatively low travel costs associated with its geographic position, it is a very appealing option for medical care.  Thousands of Mexican Americans also return to their country of origin to take advantage of lower healthcare costs.  The number of medical tourists to Mexico is estimated between 150,000 and 500,000 people per year, and average savings are between 50 and 75%.

Originally most sought for its cosmetic and dental procedures, Mexico is maturing as a medical tourism destination.  Many of its private medical facilities are on par with US facilities, and doctors are often trained in the United States, Canada, or Europe.  Additional procedures like fertility treatments, orthopedic procedures, and stem cell therapy have become popular for medical tourists.

Medical Tourism Destinations In Mexico


  • Cancun is the #1 tourism destination in Mexico with direct flights and packages from almost every major city in North America;
  • Located 1 1/2 hours from Miami, its location on the Caribbean Sea with miles of powdery white sand beaches make it a stunning location to recuperate after a procedure;
  • Cancun has a thriving private medical zone providing a variety of medical and dental procedures;

Procedures Available in Cancun

Los Algodones

  • Located just across the border from Yuma, Arizona, Los Algodones is a town dedicated almost entirely to serving the dental, pharmaceutical, and eye care needs of Americans and Canadians;
  • Many medical and dental tourists walk across the border to receive treatment in this small town;
  • The number of medical and dental tourists swell in the winter due to the thousands of ‘Snowbirds’ who winter in Arizona and Southern California;

Procedures Available In Los Algodones

Money & Paying for Things

  • The local currency is the peso but US dollars are widely accepted;
  • Credit cards are widely accepted;
  • ATM’s are prevalent in the cities;

Travel Considerations

  • US and Canadian residents do not need a visa to enter Mexico for up to 90 days;
  • You do require a valid passport with at least 1 blank visa page and an expiration date greater than 30 days from your entry date, except for to Baja, California where no passport is required;
  • A prepaid return airline ticket to leave the country is required;