Safety in Numbers
Last year (2015), 1.2 million to 1.4 million American medical and dental tourists traveled to Mexico and elsewhere to get safe and affordable plastic surgery, anti-aging treatment, dental work, and other health care procedures.
Judging by data from ministries of health and hospitals around the world, the number of Americans benefitting from the highly competent dentists, doctors, and surgeons in Mexico and beyond has been increasing by an average of 23% per year for the last 10 years.
And these figures do not include Canadians, Europeans, and others visiting Mexico for everything from stem cell therapy and HGH therapy and anti-aging treatment to dentures and facelifts.
The patients who take a medical or dental vacation in Mexico and other nations together spend up to $55 billion annually and that figure, too, is growing at 15 to 25 percent a year.
This is medical/dental tourism in Mexico and other low-cost countries. That is, residents of America and Canada visit foreign doctors and clinics in Mexico and elsewhere in order to save hundreds or thousands of dollars on improving their health, while, if so inclined, also enjoying a vacation in an exotic culture and an ideal climate.
Of the nations that have become destinations for medical and dental tourists, Mexico is the most popular with Americans and Canadians for the obvious reason: proximity! Mexico is the closest, most familiar, and least expensive travel destination. Further, medical tourists can find whatever procedure they're looking for—quality dental work, safe plastic surgery, affordable anti-aging—and take a medical or dental vacation in a tropical setting. A win/win for both the body and the wallet.
According to the AARP, at the top of the list of procedures that medical and dental tourists to Mexico and abroad in general seek is dental work, accounting for about a third of all health-related trips. The second most popular procedure that Americans abroad seek, at 29 percent, is surgery, such as coronary-bypass and bariatric operations. About 13 percent of American medical travelers seek cosmetic surgery, and 7 percent get orthopedic procedures such as hip and knee replacements.