Medical Tourism has been increasing in users and acceptance worldwide. Many countries are home to cheaper and higher quality healthcare including Mexico, China, India and dozens more. As the world becomes unified, we’ll see more people travelling abroad to elect healthcare.
Mexico has long been an alternative for the United States and Canada, especially for people with obesity. For over 20 years, Mexico has been practicing bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery), many years before the US and Canada had the regulation to perform common surgeries like LapBand Surgery. Today Mexico’s growth in the industry is unparrelled.
Mexico’s physicians are seeing ample opportunity to expand and create unique experiences for travelers. Cities like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, once filled with pleasure seeking tourists are now seeing surgery patients. The proliferation of obesity in the western world is expected to increase to over 40% of adults in the next two decades, and operators are looking to expand in destinations that are desirable and not just convenient.
Mexico’s acceptance of this new trend is furthered by reputable business operators who are given honest reviews because of the relative transparency of the internet. Before you even consider a bariatric surgeon in Mexico, patients can read reviews and success stories from dozens of patients. Because of the internet forums like ObesityHelp, ObesitySurgeryForum and others, individuals suffering with depression-inducing obesity, can relate and talk to other people on a global scale. However many fail to select a high quality provider. Which is why we have three tips on what to look for in a Mexico Medical Tourism provider.
Things To Look For In Medical Tourism Operators
Medical Tourism can be a scary endeavor because the apparent lack of guidance. But individuals looking for quality operators can easily be found. When you’re looking for the right operator it’s important to consider these things:
- Choose the Right Surgeons: Curing your obesity is the main concern, and choosing the right surgeon with low complication rates, and low mortality rates is the utmost. Experience and education are extremely important, but bariatric surgery, being a rather hands-on surgery (as compared to say brain surgery) requires considerable experience. Choose a surgeon that highly experienced in the surgery type you’re seeking.
- Read Reviews From The Forums. Be careful, many operators are on the forums and produce fake reviews. Search the surgeons name in Google and do a comprehensive search.
- Do a Comprehensive Search. Another tactic marketers use is a technique called, “Reputation Management,” the basic idea is that if there is a negative review of your product or service and it ranks high in the search engines, this can negatively impact business. Hiring marketers, they can increase the number of pages that rank highly – therefore diluting the results and pushing the negative review down in the results. Read as much as you can - ideally going past 10 pages of results.