If you want a healthy retirement destination, it’s hard to go wrong with Mexico. The mild climate and gorgeous coastline encourage walking, hiking, and swimming all year round. The fresh produce is incredible and the country has an amazing foodie scene. If that wasn’t enough, the cost of living is low but the quality of life is generally high. Who wouldn’t want to retire there?
If the idea of relocating to Mexico is more than just a fantasy for you, it’s time to begin your research and the healthcare system is a good place to start. Nearly 80 percent of surveyed expats report being “somewhat satisfied” to “very satisfied” with their experiences with Mexico’s healthcare system. A large percentage of Mexican doctors go to medical school or do extra training in the United States or Europe and thus speak excellent English. Patient wellbeing is paramount and many doctors still perform house visits.
However, the system is not without its flaws. There are still a large number of people who cannot afford more than the most basic care, and the Mexican government has one of the lowest per capita healthcare expenditures of all OECD countries. At present, the World Health Organization ranks Mexico’s healthcare system 61st in the world.
Here’s what you need to know, what you can expect, how much it costs to get care, and how practicalities like visiting the pharmacy work.