Dental Tourism in Mexico? Why all the craze?
It has been some years since the beginning of the craze called Dental Tourism. Although many expected the waters to settle, the fact that US citizens are travelling to Mexico for dental treatments is still a high subject of interest.
According to the 2014 Medical Tourism Global Consumer Demand Survey Analysis recently released by PlacidWay, 80% of the foreign patients looking for dental care in Mexico come from the US, have middle incomes and are over the age of 50.
The reality today is that Americans who are choosing to go to Mexico to get their crowns, implants or even whitening service are saving consistently on their dental work and yes – the difference is in the cost! But this is not all dental tourism implies.
Here is an analysis about why the Mexican border cities have become true Meccas for dental services and why this type of health travel is not going to stop any time soon.
Dental in Mexico: Where it all began
Every year, thousands of US citizens walk, drive or fly to Mexico either because their insurance does not cover the type of elective procedurethey need (such as implant or whitening) or they have it covered but just want to get more value for the money they paid.
The trend actually started many decades ago mostly in Tijuana region. With a quite large number of Mexicans living in the USA they had a sense of the pricing difference either from their own experience or by communicating with their relatives on the other side of the border. Shortly the word had spread among the Americans living right across the border on the U.S. side and this led to a slow but steady increase in US patients at the Mexican dentists’offices in Tijuana.
The Americans taking advantage of the lower costs were mostly retirees but also working adults who were slowly turning their eyes toward the small towns where, surprisingly – the dental services and technology was no different than what they had back home. From Arizona to California to New Mexico and Texas the trend of getting dental work done in Mexico was booming.
Now, although still a controversial subject, Dental Tourism in Mexico is an industry worth millions and the competition is fierce among the dental offices in Tijuana, Los Algodones, and mostly in Baja California, thus making competitive pricing only more attractive for the US patients and recently for the Canadians as well.
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