Traveling to Mexico for a weight loss surgery

Hospital Angeles in Mexico

Hospital Angeles in Mexico ©El Mundo de Laura/Flick

Medical travel is becoming a more and more fashionable option for a surgery with every day that passes. Many Americans choose Mexico instead of the United States when comes to a medical treatment that is not covered by their health insurance.

Today we will present you the case of Annette Troupe, a 57 year old American citizen, who decided to have a weight loss surgery in Mexico. We also summerize the opinion of Dr. Paul Kemmeter, the medical director of bariatric surgery at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in the U.S and the view of Lody Zwarensteyn, the president of the Alliance for Health about medical tourism in Mexico.

The case of Anette Troupe

Anette Troupe is having a bad health condition including an increased blood pressure, cholesterol problems, risks to become diabetic and has serious problems with her back and joints that needed surgery because of her weight. Despite of these problems and her 210 pounds, her health insurance wouldn’t pay her gastric bypass procedure because she doesn’t have a body mass index of 35, only 33.1. This means that she should gain 11 pounds to get a free surgery. Even though this doesn’t seem to be an option for her, she told that once she had the prescribed body index, but the health insurance company didn’t want to pay her operation, she was first sent to a counselor and a medical program for loosing weight.

She doesn’t want to wait more, she started a research and she found better prices for a weight loss surgery in Mexico. This means that instead of the $17,000 that she should pay in the United States she can have a surgery for $10,950 at the Hospital Angeles Tijuana, this including the costs of the five days that she is staying at the hospital.

Medical care in Mexico

Medical care in Mexico © InvictusOU812/Flick

The opinion of a medical director of bariatric surgery

Dr. Paul Kemmeter is the medical director of bariatric surgery at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. He says that symphatizes with those pacients that need help and can’t have it because of the lack of money as the health insurance doesn’t cover the costs. In his opinion health insurance companies doesn’t take seriously the weight loss even though it is a major problem in the U.S.

He also warns the pacients to be very careful with medical treatments outside of the U.S. as he heard many horror stories and some pacients had to pay much more because of the complications that occurred after surgeries in Mexico. He also relates that in the U.S. a weight-loss surgery includes many other things besides the operation as the advices of a dietitian and counseling to change their eating habbits.

Hospital Angeles in Mexico

Hospital Angeles in Mexico ©El Mundo de Laura/Flick

The view of the president of the Alliance for Health

Lody Zwarensteyn is the president of the Alliance for Health. She says that the growth of the medical tourism can be seen and, even though the effects of this are not yet felt by the health care providers in the U.S., these will probably be in the years to come as those who leave the country for medical treatments are sharing their experiences with their friends, in churches and on the internet.

Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez

Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez ©Angélica Rivera de Peña/Flick

 

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