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Destination Doctors: Health Care and Medical Tourism in Baja

Destination Doctors: Health Care and Medical Tourism in Baja

Medical Tourism in Baja

When most travelers head south across the International Border, they are usually anticipating a carefree getaway that might very well include some fine dining, a wine tour, a fishing adventure or even just a few days of stress free relaxation on the beach under the warm Baja sun.

Yet, there are a growing number of individuals who are part of a new contingent of tourists who visit for medical reasons.  Over the past few decades, the number highly trained physicians, surgeons and other healthcare professionals in Mexico has grown exponentially; particularly in the state of Baja California.  In fact, it is not at all unusual to encounter a sizable number of these individuals who received at least part of their schooling in the United States.

Medical Tourism in Baja

Representatives of the Cruz Roja are most likely to make emergency medical contact with foreign travelers.

Of course, in most urgent situations, a visitor is probably more likely to deal with the Cruz Roja, which is a government supported, low cost clinic offering free ambulance service in emergencies, than with a doctor whose practice was researched in advance.  Nonetheless, there are numerous quality clinics in both Tijuana and Ensenada that offer their services at a price that is only a fraction of what would normally be charged for a similar procedure north of the border.

Cardiac problems are at the top of the list when it comes to the most common concerns linked to advanced maturity.  And Ensenada’s well-respected hospital, CardioMed, stands at the forefront of those providing treatment for these types of issues.  Author, Robert H. Page, MD opined that CardioMed possesses “advanced diagnostic and surgical facilities” and is “surprisingly more advanced than one would expect…” 

Medical Tourism in Baja

Ensenada’s CardioMed Hospital is just one of the well respected medical facilities that is available to tourists in Baja California.

He and co-author Curtis P. Page, MD, wrote the book Mexico: Health and Safety Travel Guide, which offers extensive information and direction regarding how to access high quality English-speaking physicians, medical care facilities, and informed reviews of various operations in Baja and other popular travel venues on Mexico’s mainland.  It also offers translations of common medical terms and phrases, a pharmaceutical guide, useful city maps and much more. This book provides a reliable reference tool that is convenient, if not essential, to have on hand whether you happen to be a casual traveler or a seasoned expatriate resident

Medical Tourism in Baja

The Mexico: Health and Safety Travel Guide is a helpful tool in assisting those in search of reliable resources for healthcare south of the border.

Currently, the number of tourists coming to Baja California in search of medical services offers annual revenues of almost 90 million U.S. dollars.  In a recent interview, Baja’s Secretary of Tourism, Juan Tintos Funcke, indicated that quality medical services in Baja California are generally 40% to 60% less expensive than similar assistance in the United States.

He added that they also seek services based on quality and the treatment that they will receive at the various health institutions, plus the clinics and physicians are certified by the Secretariat of Health, which is an added trust factor for the tourist.

Hence, as medical costs in major U.S. cities continue to rise and become less accessible to those with shrinking incomes, a symbiotic relationship between visiting Americans and the Mexican healthcare industry is being forged; one which promises great benefits to both in the future. is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at


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About Tom Gatch

For over a decade, Hooked on Baja author, Tom Gatch, has built a solid reputation as one of the foremost writers and columnists focusing on travel and recreational activities in Baja and southern California. His company, El Puerto Creative Consultants provides professional copy writing services and creative support for business entities on both sides of the border.

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