Our first venture into Mexico’s medical tourism

Yep, we went to Mexico for healthcare.  We have health insurance through the exchange, but we decided we should at least check out the medical services available in Mexico.  So, we set out for Los Algodones last Friday to get our teeth cleaned and pick up medications!

Mexico isn’t as scary as we thought it would be!  We haven’t been to Mexico in years, and we really weren’t sure what to expect.  Los Algodones was quite clean and friendly.  With that said, we still got bombarded by locals trying to sell everything from earrings to pottery to “Oakley” sunglasses.  That didn’t really bother us until we sat down for lunch.  During an hour lunch break, we must have been interrupted by at least 25 people trying to sell their goods.  Carter is such a sweetheart…he wanted to buy something from everyone. But, we can only fit so many pairs of earrings, ankle bracelets, and random knickknacks into our tiny home.

BEFORE YOU GO…

Billboards along the route

Read reviews and ask friends. As you’re driving along the interstate from Phoenix to Yuma, you’ll see a million billboards advertising everything you can do in Los Algodones.  Although the signs are entertaining, we already knew where we were going.  Friends told us where to go for prescriptions and dental work.  We also made appointments in advance.

Make a detailed list of the medications you need.  Before you drive all the way to Mexico, you need to make a list of all your medications, doses, brand names, generic names, etc.  With that list in hand, it took us less than 10 minutes to get everything we needed.

Do price comparisons before you go.  We both take a couple daily medications. Before we even considered going to Mexico, we went online to price prescriptions using our personal health insurance.  One of Holly’s prescriptions was going to be nearly $300 per month here in the US.  In Mexico, we were able to get the same medication for $14 for 50 pills.  On the other hand, one of Carter’s prescriptions was only going to be $10 for a 3-month supply here in the US.  In Mexico, we priced it out at 3 times that cost. 

We also priced out vision tests, glasses, and teeth cleaning.  Teeth cleaning was only $20-30 in Mexico, so we both elected to do that.  Simple vision tests and glasses are actually cheaper in the US through Costco.  

WHILE YOU’RE THERE…

Leave time to grab yummy Mexican food! Holly’s mom had been to Los Algodones a couple times, so she knew where to go.  YUMMO!  The food was yummy, and it’s always fun to drink sugary Mexican Coca-Colas and Fantas!

Leave time for a little beautification.  Manicures, pedicures, and haircuts are super cheap in Los Algodones.  Holly’s mom got a manicure, pedicure, highlights, and haircut for $50 (including tip).  She looked darn good!

Be prepared for a long line.  It took us over an hour to get back across the border and everyone around us said they’d stood in line a lot longer on previous trips.  From what we’ve heard, during peak season (January -March), it can take up to 3 or 4 hours to get back across the border.  Wear comfortable shoes and just be patient. 😊

We’ll be doing this once a year for the foreseeable future.  We saved several hundred dollars and had a fun time doing it!

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