The number of Americans traveling to Mexico for health care is expected to increase.
TIJUANA, MEXICO, May 28, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The number of Americans traveling to Mexico for health care is expected to increase.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected millions of people, American workers have lost their jobs and their health insurance. According to CBO, the number of uninsured U.S. citizens is approximately 31 million.
The large number of uninsured Americans and the high cost of health care in the United States are major factors in the expected increase in demand for medical tourism. Even before the pandemic, millions of Americans traveled to other countries for savings of 40 to 70% on medical treatments, according to the USITC.
The demand for non-essential surgeries has also increased, with thousands of scheduled surgeries postponed in the United States last year. This could increase the number of Americans seeking health care abroad.
The most common procedures people undergo in medical tourism are non-essential surgeries such as dental care, cosmetic surgery, fertility treatments, and weight loss surgery *.
It is important to understand the elasticity of demand on medical procedures. For example, for cosmetic surgery, such as a hair transplant, the demand would be more elastic than a gastric sleeve. If the price of the two surgeries changes, the demand for hair transplant will be more affected than the demand for gastric sleeve because obese patients must act immediately to improve their health and patients with alopecia can wait.
With current travel restrictions, proximity has become an important factor to consider when traveling abroad for health care. Mexico, due to its proximity to the United States, has become one of the most visited countries for Americans in search of affordable health care.
Dr Jorge Cortez from Hair Center Mexico, mentioned that he expects a huge increase in demand for the coming months from the number of patients looking for Tijuana hair transplant increases. He recommends that his patients follow all safety measures and if possible take a flight to the San Diego airport and then drive across the border.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 is not required for travelers entering the United States by land or sea or for children less than two years old.