Mexican Pharmacy in Cabo San Lucas downtown, Mexico
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Why Medical Tourism to Mexico Is Rebounding

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Cutting the Cost of Care

It’s an open secret that certain medical procedures are cheaper in other countries, but travel of nearly any kind has been limited during the pandemic. Now, as restrictions loosen, medical tourism is bouncing back — and one of the most popular destinations is Mexico. But how much can you save by heading south of the border for dentistry, cosmetic surgery, or even a major operation like a hip replacement? According to an analysis from HealthCareInsider and Medical Departures, the answer is a lot. Exactly how much depends on the procedure and your insurance coverage, of course, but read on for some eye-popping figures. 


Related: Countries Where Americans Can Save Big on Medical Care

Method for staying young and beautiful
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Rhinoplasty, the surgeon hands touches the patient s nose. People, cosmetology, plastic surgery and beauty concept - surgeon or cosmetologist hands touching female face
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Hair transplant
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Doctor doing an exam or surgery, looking at images in monitor
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Happy Senior Woman Patient in Hospital Bed
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Hip Replacement

  • U.S. average cost: $24,000

  • Mexico average cost: $11,000

  • Potential savings: 54.2%

Worried doctor looking at the monitor of medical apparatus
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Gastric Band

  • U.S. average cost: $11,000

  • Mexico average cost: $5,000

  • Potential savings: 54.6%

Dental prosthesis
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Laboratroy technician fertilizing an egg
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In Vitro Fertilization

  • U.S. average cost: $12,000

  • Mexico average cost: $5,100

  • Potential savings: 57.5%

Doctors doing a surgery on operating room in hospital
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Liposuction

  • U.S. average cost: $6,000

  • Mexico average cost: $2,500

  • Potential savings: 58.3%

Unrecognizable young woman measuring her waist
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Gastric Sleeve

  • U.S. average cost: $16,800

  • Mexico average cost: $7,000

  • Potential savings: 58.3%

Dentist showing the teeth implant
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All-on-4 Dental Implants

  • U.S. average cost: $26,000

  • Mexico average cost: $10,000

  • Potential savings: 61.5%

Dentist uses a palette tooth color sample to determine shade of patient's male teeth. Stomatologist use color of teeth to make veneers, crowns, and dentures
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Dental Veneers

  • U.S. average cost: $1,245

  • Mexico average cost: $477

  • Potential savings: 61.7%

medical assessment at home
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Knee Replacement

  • U.S. average cost: $40,000

  • Mexico average cost: $15,000

  • Potential savings: 62.5%

Female doctor choosing mammary prosthesis in the office.
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Breast Augmentation

  • U.S. average cost: $11,500

  • Mexico average cost: $4,300

  • Potential savings: 62.6%

Dentist showing teeth dentures to a patient
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Dentures

  • U.S. average cost: $1,826

  • Mexico average cost: $669

  • Potential savings: 63.4%

Concentrating surgeons performing operation in operating room
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Bariatric Surgery

  • U.S. average cost: $10,000

  • Mexico average cost: $3,500

  • Potential savings: 65%

Woman at the Dentist
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Dental Fillings

  • U.S. average cost: $155

  • Mexico average cost: $51

  • Potential savings: 67.1%

Laser treatment for size reduction
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Gastric Bypass

  • U.S. average cost: $23,000

  • Mexico average cost: $7,500

  • Potential savings: 67.4%

Dentist Explaining Tooth X-Rays To A Patient.
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Dental Implants

  • U.S. average cost: $3,913

  • Mexico average cost: $1,250

  • Potential savings: 68%

Dentist choosing filling shade for smiling patient
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Teeth Whitening

  • U.S. average cost: $668

  • Mexico average cost: $174

  • Potential savings: 74%

Dentist at work
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Root Canal

  • U.S. average cost: $1,275

  • Mexico average cost: $247

  • Potential savings: 80.6%