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Health Analysis – Healthcare Costs in Mexico vs. United States

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In the United States, immigrants make up about 13% of the total population. Health care facilities fail to provide adequate care to immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants. In addition, workers on temporary visas and legal permanent residents, who do not yet qualify for support are finding it hard to seek care. Finally, the consequences of insufficient health care extend beyond the undocumented persons, to their children and families.

A recent study reported that a single day in a hospital in the U.S. costs around $1,514 while according to the World Health Organization the healthcare costs in Mexico are less than $120. A routine doctor’s visit in the U.S. costs around $176, whereas in Mexico the cost of routine doctor visits is less than half this rate at around $40.


Why are Healthcare Costs in Mexico Lower than the USA?

The latest data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that the United States spends much more on health care than any other country. However, on most measures of health services use, the United States is not up to the mark.

Due to rising health care costs in the US, it has become nearly impossible to receive proper care without health insurance. In addition, the increase of malpractice within these facilities has forced many hospitals to increase their costs in malpractice insurance, legal expenditures, and other types of compensation.

Another one of the major reasons for high health care prices in the U.S is due to the insurance policy. Most of the bills are paid through insurance claims, and prices are negotiated by insurance companies. The money you pay varies greatly from region to region and from market to market, even though the quality of the health care services remains the same.


Another reason for the drastic difference in health care prices is the high comparative value of U.S currency. One U.S dollar is equivalent to twenty Mexican pesos. In the U.S the minimum wage per day is minimum $8 per hour while in Mexico it is around $80 pesos per day. In short, the money that an American earns in an hour, a Mexican will earn in a full 8 hours’ work per two days. Therefore, immigrants in America typically come to Mexico just to get their teeth cleaned as the health care costs in Mexico are more pocket-friendly than in the U.S.


A Solution for Immigrant Patient Care

As per the rules and regulations, all hospitals in a particular country are required to provide emergency medical care to all emergency patients irrespective of their immigration status. But, as soon as the patient is stabilized after receiving primary care in the hospital, this norm validity ceases and hospitals are required to safely transfer patients to more appropriate facilities.

Allista provides many personalized and individual care services that are not always easily accessible to immigrant patients, allowing easy transition from hospitals. Allista gives direct care through its partners Americas Hospital and Hospital en Casa, based in Guadalajara Mexico. Through these facilities, we are able to provide medical care to those in need. Allista makes the transfer from a US hospital to our Mexico Hospitals quickly and uncomplicated. Partnered hospital facilities are equipped with the latest medical technology that can effectively treat different disease conditions for which immigrants are deported, such as rehabilitation, physiotherapy, mental health and so on.


How Does Allista Help?

Allista Chronic Care Solutions is a well-known and reputed health care liaison with a vision to become the best helping hand for U.S. and Canadian Institutions. We specialize in the effective repatriation of severely injured migrants and their families, with industry expertise and humanitarian concern. With these qualifications, we consider ourselves specialists in immigration health care.  

After this discussion, it’s clear that health care costs in Mexico are significantly lower than in the United States. Allista works directly with partnered health care providers to provide the best-suited treatment plan to medically deported immigrants at affordable rates. Allista compassionately welcomes patients who are in distress, understands their needs, assists them and sends them off in better health. Through Americas Hospital and Hospital en Casa, based in Guadalajara Mexico, we hope to improve a patient’s life.

More information about immigration healthcare options can be found here.

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