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Why Choose Medical Tourism in Mazatlan

by Brent May

Mazatlan is not only the ideal vacation and 2nd home spot with beautiful beaches, sunny climate and a cosmopolitan beach town vibe. It’s also an important medical tourism destination providing services across many medical specialties. Whether you’re a resident or visitor in Mazatlan, you’ll enjoy high quality healthcare with many options.

Mexico is the first medical destination for North Americans and the second most popular destination for medical tourism globally.

Understandably so. According to Patients Beyond Borders, 1.4 to 3 million North Americans travel to Mexico every year to take advantage of treatments costing 40-70% lower than in the States or to have easier and quicker access to medical treatments.

Lower cost does not mean lower quality. Equipment, medication and materials are the same. Price differences come from lower labor and real estate costs, lower overall operational costs due to lower insurance thanks to lack of systematic lawsuits and claims.

The most common medical tourism treatments include dental care, cosmetic surgery, IVF, surgery, organ and tissue transplants and cancer treatments.

Mexico was ranked #2 on International Living’s list of the World’s Best Places to Retire in 2023, partly because of the quality and lower cost of healthcare compared to the U.S. Specifically in the ranking, Mexico scored among the top five destinations in the world for healthcare on the 2023 Global Retirement Index. International Living stated that modern hospitals have all the equipment and technology expected and that doctors are well-qualified.

Doctors in Mexico receive an equivalent amount of training as doctors in the United States, according to the American College of Physicians. Many have studied in the States or Canada and speak English.

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Why Choose Medical Tourism in Mazatlan?

Mazatlan covers a wide range of health-oriented tourism from simple consultations to check-ups, to surgery or complete treatments by the best clinics.

Providing a wide range of healthcare and world class medical care services, Mazatlan’s healthcare facilities are modern and care is the same as or better quality than in the U.S. or Canada. Cost is lower. Service is much more personalized. In most cases, there are no wait times and patients have more access to operations and even procedures that are not available in the U.S. or Canada.

Popular Medical Treatments in Mazatlan include:

  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Orthopedics (knee and hip replacements)
  • Geriatrics
  • Fertility treatments – IVF
  • Dentistry
  • Bariatrics


Hospital Sharp

Mazatlan is home to Hospital Sharp specializing in various areas of medicine. Hospital Sharp comes with years of highly rated recommendations. The Medical Tourism department was created to serve the foreign community and provides service in English. The hospital has many specialties including cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, hand and foot surgery and plastic surgery just to name a few. The hospital accepts most foreign and national medical insurances.

The cardiology department provides extensive check-ups with a world-class cath lab. They also have an arrhythmia clinic, provide cardio rehab, echocardiography, electrocardiograms, stress test, etc.

To see the full list of their specialties, consult their webpage here. Receive medical information, a quote or a recommendation for a specialist by stopping in for a visit or reaching out to them at (669)986-56-78 ext 84. They are located at Avenida Rafael Buelna y Dr. Jesús Kumate s/n Fracc. Hacienda Las Cruces.

The Hospital Sharp has a health and rewards program called SHARP card. It is a member loyalty program offering patient discounts.

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Medical Tourism Mazatlan

Medical Tourism Mazatlan works closely with the Hospital Marina. The service facilitates advice for foreign patients for quality treatment providing information on treatment and doctors available in Mazatlan.

The Hospital Marina has specialty surgeons, stem cell treatment, dentist (implant specialist), eye doctors, physical therapist, fertility doctors, hip/knee surgeon, Botox, plastic surgeon, etc. The hospital provides many services including MRI, CT scans and ultrasounds. A full list of specialties and services can be found on their website.

MTM can be found at Ave. Cruz Lizarraga 710-2, Col. Palos Prietos and can be contacted by phone at:  669-114-3741 (Mex) or 609-503-4052 (US)


Private Clinics

Good quality health care can be found in clinics throughout Mazatlan from independent orthopedic clinics to plastic surgery clinics with U.S.-standard healthcare services. In addition, many medical spas and beauty clinics are located in Mazatlan.

An important additional benefit of coming to Mazatlan for medical treatment is the opportunity to do enjoy the destination between doctor and hospital visits. The beaches, the historic center, the cuisine make Mazatlan an excellent place to enjoy your recuperation.

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marco aguilar August 25, 2023 - 7:48 am

Beware of Scott Kramer’s MTM Medical Tourism Mazatlán

My experience with MTM Medical Tourism Mazatlán, owned by Scott Kramer, was nothing short of a financial nightmare. Initially quoted $40,000 for a hip replacement surgery, I ended up paying an outrageous $100,000 due to fraudulent billing for unnecessary medical services post-surgery. Be cautious when considering their services, and ensure transparent pricing to avoid falling into the same trap. Your financial well-being matters as much as your health, and this experience has taught me to prioritize both.

Ricardo September 7, 2023 - 1:08 am

Untrustworthy – Scott Kramer at MTM Insurance
My experience with Scott Kramer at MTM Insurance left me questioning his integrity. The constantly changing policy terms, vague explanations, and his disappearance when I needed assistance with a claim were major red flags. It’s unfortunate that there are individuals like him who might be involved in fraudulent activities within the insurance industry.

Brent May September 7, 2023 - 11:56 am

Hey Ricardo, thank you for sharing your comments and concerns. There are a variety of other options.


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