Ever since Mexico has upgraded and regularized their standards in health care along with specialized doctors and very modern hospitals, thousands of Canadians and Americans are coming to this country every year for Medical Tourism. They are specifically planning their trip and their stay to attend to medical and dental necessities.
You may wonder what is the driving force behind these travels. Well, economics could be one main reason, but there are many others factors to take into account. The Canadian health system has great hospital infrastructure and health personnel, but they are over whelmed with the amount of patients that are in need of care, specially surgeries, therefore the waiting times for elective/non-emergency procedures can take up to months or years. Also the appointment times between visits to family health providers, referral to specialists, ordering special studies and scheduling surgeries are very much prolonged, whereas in Mexico all can be done within days, just with previous notification of the patient arriving.
On the US side costs of delivering care are quite high due to overhead expenses, ridiculous high liability insurance malpractice premiums and mark ups in consumables. This makes it almost impossible for an ordinary person to pay the price out of pocket, and health insurance policies limit many procedures and the large deductibles and co-payments may apply.
Modern communication technologies with smartphones and computers have also greatly contributed to the growing numbers of traveling patients. Aside from making them feel at home away from home, they can access and google information. So citizens of these countries are looking for alternatives elsewhere and Puerto Vallarta has become a favorite welcoming place for Medical and Dental travelers.
There are five major hospitals in the region with state of the art installations, over 350 medical specialists many with top certifications, and dozens of well qualified dentists, besides a Medical and Nursing School that were founded in 2007 by the University of Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta CUC Campus. The most common procedures that patients are seeking for are in the field of Orthopedics (Arthroscopic and Joint replacements), Bariatric Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, although many other specialists are keeping quite busy too, as well as the numerous dentists in town.
Written by: Dr. Max Greig, a well-known Orthopedic Surgeon of Punta Mita Hospital and founder of the University Medical School in Puerto Vallarta
Punta Mita Hospital and UC San Diego Health, an internationally renowned health system for clinical, educational, and research activities based in San Diego, California, USA, have signed a cooperation agreement to collaborate on the care of patients:
Punta Mita Hospital may refer patients to UC San Diego Health for medical and surgical care.
Our physicians will collaborate to develop telemedicine services for second opinion evaluations by UC San Diego Health physicians for patients at Punta Mita Hospital.
Since opening the hospital in May of 2017 we have seen almost 500 patients.
It’s a number that we are proud to reflect on. Our founders and staff are proud to serve the vast community and visitors to the Punta Mita area.
We have 24/7 emergency services and lab available with qualified physicians and staff. Our ER specialist, all doctors, nursing staff and paramedics trained in ACLS ( advanced cardiac life support).
We’ve seen over 400 XRays and we’re still counting.
In this time we’ve also sent our ambulances out over 60 times to help those in need during emergency situations. Also, we’ve performed over 50 surgeries for a variety of needs from Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopy, Ovarian RRejuvenation, PRP, to Orthopedic & ER surgeries to name a few.
We have created a health fund in Mexico called theFundacion Punta Mita Apoyo a la Salud AC, also known as PMH Foundation. This foundation will help improve the health services in Mexico for the local community. Your donations help offset the costs of care locals are receiving. The foundation has already raised money to provide a CT Scan C Arm for the hospital. The focus next is secure funding to render affordable health care at our hospital for local patrons. We have also created a 501c3 in the UScalled PMH Hospital, Inc. where American donors can contribute toward the Community Health Fund as well.
To further our reach of providing opportunities to contribute we have partnered with Amazon Smile. Our accountis listed under PMH Hospital, Inc., you can easily create an Amazon Smile account that attaches to your Amazon Prime account. For every applicable purchase you make Amazon will make a donation to our non-profit. All of this information can be found on our website on the donation page where we kindly invite you to contribute toward our local community andpartner with us to createa better and healthier environment for all.
At PMH we will be continuing to improve our hospital so we may provide the best quality care to all. By having state-of-the-art equipment we´ll be able to continue our efficient level of care. By September2018 we will have a new 64 slide CT Scan. This allows us to have one of the best CT scans in the area, it also gives us the ability to diagnose conditions in the abdominal, cardiac and brain. Therefore we can evaluate stroke patients within minutes, coronary angiograms, and we can doCTscans for ab or pelvic lesions as well. As we continue these improvements we with take things one step further and plan toopen an ICU for these critical patients to get proper recovery care. Please follow our updates here, on our website and on our social media accounts.
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