“In Mexico City, there is a pro bono law which ensures that anyone living here who doesn’t receive social security benefits can get free medical check-ups, medicines, analysis, scans, hospitalization and surgery, all without any cost…The backbone of the city government’s health program is preventative action.”
Dr. Armando Ahued, Secretary, Department of Health, Mexico City.
Mexico City is home to an extensive network of public and private hospitals and the National Institutes of Health, which efficiently treats patients, trains health specialists and conducts scientific research. The Mexican capital is also at the vanguard of medical research in Latin America. In 2006, Mexico City research into the rotavirus won recognition after being awarded the Article of the Year prize by The Lancet magazine, selected from among 700,000 articles.
In addition to investing in the health of its citizens through affordable health clinics and programs that teach preventative care, Mexico City is also investing in its health institutions and many healthcare professionals. Mexico City is emerging as the destination of choice for many Americans looking for affordable and high-quality medical or surgical procedures. To attract biomedical research to Mexico City, the government of Mexico City is currently building Campus Biometropolis. The sprawling campus will offer world-class facilities and research.
Facts and Figures:
Mexico City has close to 100% medical coverage.
Mexico City is home to 844 hospitals, as well as the country’s leading medical institutions, medical universities, and health research centers. The Mexico City government runs a network of 28 hospitals which treat 7 million patients a year. Mexico City is home to the country’s 13 National Institutes of Health.
Mexico City is developing Campus Biometropolis, a new world-class center for biomedical and nanomedical research. Campus Biometropolis is expected to create more than 15,000 jobs and attract national and international pharmaceutical laboratories, hospitals, medical and educational institutions.
Mexico City is emerging as a leading destination for medical tourism. The high quality and affordability of medical care and patient services available in Mexico City is attracting visitors from North America and around the world. Every year, between 250,000 and 300,000 people travel from the United States to Mexico City for medical services. Medical services in Mexico City are an estimated 40% less costly than the same procedure in the United States.
Mexico City has become the leader in Latin American transplant procedures. In 2009 in Mexico City, 4,924 transplants were performed.
The Mexico City government was recognized by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation for taking steps to become a smoke-free city and protect the health of its citizens. All indoor public spaces in Mexico City are now 100% smoke-free, and the Mexico City government has implemented a public education campaign about the harmful effects of smoking.
Focus on Healthcare:
ABC Hospital is a private, non-profit hospital administered by an international staff of Mexicans, Americans, British and other citizens. The hospital administers clinics that serve more than 7,500 patients, provide nearly 18,000 consultations and perform over 400 surgeries annually. A mobile clinic serves low-income neighborhoods and diagnoses patterns of illness for treatment. ABC Hospital has campuses in several areas around Mexico City, which are expanding with new centers for specialized medicine.
The National Institute of Neurology and Neuroscience is considered one of the world’s leading center for study in neurological sciences. It is among few institutions in the world dedicated exclusively to research, teaching, diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases. The Institute treats more than 6,000 patients, offers nearly 100,000 medical consultations and performs 2,000 surgical procedures annually. Doctors come from other countries to study at the Institute and patients seek treatment with the assurance that it is among the best in the world.