Just a short flight from the United States and home to a wide array of expert doctors and quality but affordable hospitals, Guadalajara is one of the leading medical tourism destinations in Mexico and Latin America. Every year hospitals in the city receive thousands of domestic and foreign visitors looking to restore their quality of life by improving their health or physical appearance.
Mexico’s second biggest city and the capital of the western state of Jalisco, the Guadalajara metropolitan area is home to over 9,500 experienced medical professionals, only five percent fewer than in Mexico City. There are more than 200 private medical centers, where doctors perform some 66,000 surgical interventions per year.
The medical services offered in Guadalajara include:
Plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery
Spas and thalassotherapy
Advanced laparoscopic surgery
Dentistry, orthodontics and prosthodontics
Alternative, holistic, and complementary therapies
As the range of health services provided in Guadalajara has grown, the city has become a hotspot for medical tourists from across the world who lack insurance or cannot afford to pay for their procedures at home—particularly U.S. and Canadian citizens, but also Europeans and even residents of other Mexican cities where medical care can be more expensive or of lesser quality. The cost of surgery in Guadalajara is typically around one third of what patients would expect to pay in the United States; sometimes even less.
One of the reasons why Guadalajara has prospered as a medical tourism destination is because of the many high quality private and
public educational institutions in the city. Home to renowned colleges like the University of Guadalajara, the nation’s second biggest public university, the city consistently produces skilled and experienced bariatric, dental and cosmetic surgeons to meet the needs of locals and foreign visitors. Doctors in Guadalajara have a preparation comparable to that of their U.S. counterparts, while the professional equipment, advanced technology and levels of hygiene in local hospitals fully meet the most demanding international standards.
Known as the “Pear of the West” and well established as a popular tourist destination, the city has all the necessary infrastructure to make it a premier medical tourism destination. Guadalajara has over 22,000 hotel rooms and its own dual-terminal international airport, where scores of daily direct flights are available to dozens of major U.S. cities. The city’s enviable warm climate, friendly locals, rich cultural history and the excellent local cuisine also make it an ideal place for patients to rest and recover after their operations.
Here a few of the most in-demand options available to medical tourists in Guadalajara:
San Javier Hospital
One of Guadalajara’s most popular facilities among medical tourists is the San Javier Hospital, a 73-bed private institution affiliated with 3,000 specialized, board-certified physicians. Located in the city’s affluent Providencia neighborhood, the hospital has an International Patient Center where foreigners can be treated by doctors who speak English (interpreters are also available on demand).
San Javier has an intensive care unit, a radiology unit and radiotherapy centre, a pediatric and neonatal intensive care centre, and a Leksell Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Unit. Private rooms with internet and telephones are available; the cafeteria prepares vegetarian food and special food orders; and there is an ATM and on-site pharmacy. The hospital can assist patients with flight arrangements and travel plans; it has agreements with various international health insurance plans; and staff can recommend nearby hotels for family and friends.
Salutaris Medical Center
A short-stay surgical clinic and outpatient facility located just a few blocks from the San Javier Hospital, the Salutaris Medical Center specializes in cosmetic and general surgery.
Facial cosmetic surgery specializations include eyelid lift, face lift, rhinoplasty, ear surgery, cheek surgery, Botox, and neck lift, while cosmetic surgery for the body includes liposuction, lipolaser, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, gluteal implants and calf implants. Other medical specialties include foot and knee surgery, gynecology, general surgery, pediatrics, and treatment for varicose veins.
Most patients come from Latin America but the clinic is also accustomed to treating patients from the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Hospital facilities and services include a cafeteria, a nursery, a 24-hour ambulance service, free valet parking, free wireless internet, nutritional counseling, a rehabilitation and physical therapy center, and 24-hour doctors and lab service. Recovery rooms are equipped with air conditioning, LCD cable TVs, and a sofa bed for accompanying relatives. Click here to take a virtual tour of Salutaris Medical Center.
The Fertility Institutes
Established in 1986, the Fertility Institutes is an association of fertility clinics located in Los Angeles, New York and Guadalajara. Each clinic is a one-stop fertility center offering a wide range of services such as egg or sperm donations, surrogacy selections, gender selection, and egg freezing. The association employs nine fertility specialists and belongs to renowned organizations such as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Pacific Coast Fertility Society, American Society of Andrology and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The Guadalajara facility caters to national and international patients and can assist its clients with transportation and travel arrangements.