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At my age, we are now just beginning to consider retirement. In truth, we struggle with what we can afford, how we will retire and the cost of healthcare and lifestyle in the United States. The big picture is gloomy and scary while we struggle in the current economy, and face the woes and fallout in the years ahead.

Mexico based Health Care is affordable for everyone, and although you have to provide your own pillow if hospitalized and the family is required to keep you fed, the reality is, with the recognition of more and more ex-pats and baby boomers fleeing to Mexico for a better quality of life or second income homes and partial retirement, the medical insurance game is changing South of the Border.

Mexico and the United States are closer to reaching a deal that will enable Medicare to cover the Mexican Hospitals.   Year round warm weather, and affordable living make it the place to retire these days, and it is changing the way we (United States and Canadians) retire.

Felipe Calderon, the President of Mexico is planning to engage in a dialog with the United States regarding the benefits and incentive to having Medicare coverage for the Mexican based hospital system.  His objective is to have the conversation when he arrives in the states on May 19 to visit Washington. For destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, San Miguel de Allende, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas,  for example, where a record number of U.S retirees are said to be living, this is great news and brings with it greater value in the trend of living the “last chapter” of life in Mexico.

The US Joint International Commission ( their focus is on improving the safety of patient care through the provision of accreditation and certification services as well as through advisory and educational services aimed at helping organizations implement practical and sustainable solutions) will be required to certify the institutions and healthcare facilities of Mexico meet the standards of the United States, which is the next requirement for the coverage of Medicare. With 8 Mexico hospitals already certified, more are on line for the certification (See below for most updated list and location).

In Mexico’s growth plan moving forward, the objective is to see the 1 Million registered retirees grow to 5 million over the next decade.  Medicare is the added incentive Mexico needs to create the draw and substantiate the value of retirement in the 31 States of Mexico. The United States Census reports that today we have a populous of 40 Million retirees, this number is projected to increase to 90 Million by the year 2050; about the time this blogger is finally, and seriously retiring. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you, Mexico is on the list of destinations for when that time comes.

Already a destination for affordable aesthetic and cosmetic surgeries and gastric bypass options, Mexico is of great appeal for the medical vacation. This scenario allows the consumer to travel to Mexico, have procedure’s done affordably, and recouperate in the most beautiful and relaxing destinations in the world. With the United States already struggling with healthcare issues and the increasing costs of care, this is an enormous draw for the consumer, and the ideallic beach life, in which the average 2 bedroom home, on the beach is less than $200,000 and the cost of living from groceries to in home services are substantially less expensive, this makes the retirement option that much more alluring.

Mexico’s hospitals have come a long way in building standards and modern, state-of-the-art facilities are becoming the norm. With builders from the United States overseeing the projects in Mexico, offering expertise and knowledge to allow for a competitive healthcare facility, offering Medicare will increase the interest and appeal, knocking Florida and Arizona off the map for ideal retirement and putting Mexico right smack dab in the middle of the equation.

Mexico offers a quality of life that is no longer possible in the United States. Besides the average house keeper cost of $35 per day, the activities and growing communities create additional incentive. From affordable golf, endless water activities, excellent schools for advanced learning, and shopping and entertainment of the modern era, Mexico is re-branding herself as the avant-garde destination for retirement and a life in abundance, rather than living in the United States where healthcare costs rise exponentially, and activities, education and entertainment has become prohibitively expensive.

Mexico is changing the way we view her. She is opening doors to a modern world and a lifestyle option that is exemplary. From the perspective of the LGBTQ acceptance and right to marry viewed as legal nationally, to the affordable and increasingly modern health care revolution, it could be that in another decade we will see the immigration issues take a turn, and perhaps a role reversal in power on these playing fields.   While Mexico may do business at a slower pace, and leveraged on relationship building and networking, she is neither ignorant, nor stupid, merely strategic and about to give us all some considerable surprises in how she stacks up to the rest of the world.


Americn British Cowdray Medical Center IAP – Observatorio Campus, The
Mexico City, Mexico
Program:  Hospital
First Accredited:  06 December 2008 

American British Cowdray Medical Center IAP – Sante Fe Campus, The
Mexico City, Mexico
Program:  Hospital
First Accredited:  12 December 2008 

Christus Muguerza Alta Especialidad 

Monterrey , Mexico
Program:  Hospital
First Accredited:  22 July 2007
Re-accredited:  27 August 2010 

Clinica Cumbres Chihuahua 
Chihuahua , Mexico
Program:  Ambulatory Care
First Accredited: 23 April 2008 

Hospital CIMA Hermosillo
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Program:  Hospital
First Accredited:  11 December 2008 

Hospital CIMA Monterrey
San Pedro Garza Garcia N.L., Mexico
Program:  Hospital
First Accredited:  19 December 2008 

Hospital Mexico Americano, SC 
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Program:  Hospital
First Accredited:  20 March 2010 

Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey 
Monterrey , Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Program:  Hospital
First Accredited:  25 December 2007

Voluntarily Withdrew:  6 January 2011
Hospital Y Clinica OCA, S.A. de C.V.
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Program:  Hospital
First Accredited:  27 September 2008