Health Tourism leaves an economic impact of 5 billion USD in Mexico during 2017

Health Tourism leaves an economic impact of 5 billion USD in Mexico during 2017

Jan 15, 2018

Every year, millions of tourists travel abroad to find health services that adjust to their particular needs, which has turned Health Tourism into one of the industries with the most economic profitability across the world. According to a study by Dinámica del Turismo de Salud Internacional (International Health Tourism Dynamics), this sector reported a total of $84 billion dollars income last year, and it is estimated that around 14 million people travel abroad every year looking for health services, with an average expenditure that fluctuates between $3,800 and $6,000 US dollars per trip, including transport and accommodation services. The international health tourism sector has its origin in the economic crisis of countries which developed between the ‘60s and ‘80s, mainly in the United States, which motivated retirees and veterans to look for medical treatment in countries like Mexico and Cuba. The leading cause for people going to other places to get healthcare services is the low cost. For example, savings in Mexico, compared to the USA, go from 36% to 89% for similar medical procedures and treatments. As the World Health Organization (WHO) states, dental health services, cosmetic surgeries, elective surgeries and fertility treatments are the most sought medical services by tourists. The WHO also says that there is not one common definition for “health tourism”, leading every country to apply their development model according to their own definition. The Mexican Department of Economy divides health tourism in: Medical tourism (surgical procedures and treatments with medication; outpatient processes, dental, ophthalmological and some cosmetic changes).   Wellness tourism (activities related to relaxation, lifestyle, beauty treatments, spas, spiritual retreats, retirement homes for senior citizens.) The health tourism industry in Mexico increased from $2.9 billion US dollars in 2008, to $4.7 billion US dollars in 2016, and in 2017 the figure reached more than 5 billion US dollars. Last year, as a strategy for the development of health tourism in Mexico, the first stage of the tourist complex Koral Center was built in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur. Its infrastructure includes 95 hotel rooms, full hospital services, delivery rooms, doctor’s offices, three operating rooms and an emergency area. Thanks to the implementation of complementary health service strategies with a wide offer of...

Baja California State Government performed 60 heart surgeries for children during 2017

Baja California State Government performed 60 heart surgeries for children during 2017

Jan 5, 2018

MEXICALI, BC- Tuesday, January 2, 2018.- In order to strengthen the health strategies promoted in the State Administration headed by Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, authorities of the General Hospital of Mexicali announced more than 60 heart surgeries for congenital cardiopathies performed on Baja California children during 2017.   The head of the Secretariat, Guillermo Trejo Dozal, mentioned that these surgeries were carried out through monthly sessions, by a specialized team of cardiovascular surgeons of the National Institute of Cardiology Ignacio Chavez, as well as cardiovascular anesthesiologists and local cardiology hemodynamics specialists, in coordination with the “Doctors with Heart Foundation” and the General Hospital of Mexicali Board of Trustees.   The Director of the General Hospital of Mexicali, Caleb Cienfuegos Rascón, commented that the cases that have been treated through these surgeries correspond to patients who require urgent intervention and who, thanks to the timely medical attention, have managed to correct their illness to change their lives.   In addition, the official stressed that every month these days of heart surgery are totally free, which in the private sector could reach a cost between 240 to 450 thousand pesos if there are no complications. Otherwise the amount could’ve reach one million of pesos.   “48 interventions were programmed in 2017 and we have already exceeded 60 interventions during the year, due to the demand for services at regional and national levels,” said Cienfuegos Rascón.   Finally, he acknowledged the work of the staff that has participated in this strategy and congratulated the medical, paramedical and team members of the Doctors with Heart Foundation for joining efforts for the health of the people of Baja California, since the local program has obtained very similar results to programs carried out at other high specialty national centers. Comunicado de prensa emitido por el Gobierno del Estado de Baja...

President of DIF introduces new virtual equipment at CRI Mexicali

President of DIF introduces new virtual equipment at CRI Mexicali

Nov 26, 2017

MEXICALI, BC- Wednesday November 22, 2017.- In order to support those suffering from behavioral disorders, attention or learning deficit, which is a priority for the State Administration led by Governor Francisco “Kiko” Vega de Lamadrid, the President of DIF Baja California, Mrs. Brenda Ruacho de Vega, acquired a virtual reality equipment with an investment of 709 thousand 961 pesos, whose objective is to improve the quality of life of 480 patients. The President of DIF Baja California, said that this equipment was installed at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center (CRI) of Mexicali, and it is a work tool that will help to improve the quality of care for handicapped children and adults. She stressed that through this virtual reality equipment, images will be projected on the wall or floor, to create a scenario where the patient will be able to interact. “I am very happy with the acquisition of this equipment, because it is capable to identify the patient’s needs without having to implement any extra accessories, as well as to create new therapeutic procedures according to the specific needs of each user; I must say that at the Tijuana’s CRI we already have one of these pieces of equipment, ” she said. Meanwhile, the Director General of DIF Baja California, Jorge Alberto Vargas, stressed that this state administration has made significant progress in favor of people with disabilities, because during 2017, 261,145 services have been offered in the 3 CRIs located in Mexicali, Tijuana and Ensenada, respectively, as well as in the 4 Basic Rehabilitation Units, located in Playas de Rosarito, Tecate, San Felipe and San Quintín, as well as the 2 Centers for Attention to People with Autism Spectrum Disorders of Mexicali and Tijuana. Source: Gobierno del Estado de Baja...

Mexico has the best vaccination system in Latin America

Mexico has the best vaccination system in Latin America

Nov 16, 2017

(Notimex).- The Research Coordinator of the General Hospital of Mexico, Carmen Espinoza, assured that Mexico has one of the most complete vaccination schemes in Latin America, which allows to reduce and control very important diseases among population, such as influenza, dengue and cervical cancer. In the “XVII Latin American Congress of Pediatric Infectology” held this month in Cancun Quintana Roo, the importance of vaccination for the population in general and not only for children or the elderly was highlighted, because future health will depend on it. She stressed that Mexico is one of the countries that has benefited greatly from vaccines, because thanks to the National Health System, which implemented the vaccination cards for each age group since 2015 , coverage was extended for various ages, which was a very important measure to reduce the number of diseases caused by bacteria or viruses. Espinoza added that Mexico is the only country in Latin America that has been in the four phases of the dengue vaccine and is the first nation that licensed the inoculation of this disease in the world, because when applied to the population between nine and 45, 95 percent coverage was achieved to fight complications, and reduce the number of hospitalization cases. The General Hospital Coordinator mentioned that there is a committee of experts that decides which vaccines enter the country, because it must be supervised and confirmed that the pharmaceutical corporations are able to prove their scientific validity, their utility and efficiency for the population. The health specialist recognized that the proximity with the United States does not benefit the vaccination issue in some states of northern Mexico, since doctors who serve in the border zone use the inoculation scheme that is used in that nation and that does not coincide with the one used in Mexican. However, Espinoza said that Mexico maintains its vaccination campaigns, in addition to obtaining a batch of reagents to complete the national scheme and its future repercussions, as for some reason, there is a sector of the population that somehow acquires vaccines not available in the public system. She continued saying that the fact nurseries and public schools require the national vaccination card to admit children, has allowed a better control and...

TAES: Tuberculosis Treatment Network ceebrates 4th anniversary

TAES: Tuberculosis Treatment Network ceebrates 4th anniversary

Nov 13, 2017

MEXICALI, BC- Thursday, November 9, 2017.- With the realization of a Symposium aimed at nursing staff, the State Government headed by President Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, through the Ministry of Health and the Jurisdiction of Health Services. Salud Mexicali, commemorated this day the “4th Anniversary of the Strictly Supervised Shortened Treatment Network (Red del Tratamiento Acortado Estrictamente Supervisado; TAES) against Tuberculosis”. The Chief of the Jurisdiction of Health Services Mexicali, Yoloxóchitl Gómez Martínez, said that this symposium was organized in follow-up to the charge of the Secretary of Health, Guillermo Trejo Dozal, to reinforce the knowledge of this Network’s personnel in relation to the care of the person affected by tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs, but can also occur in other organs, with a great impact on the state of Baja California; that is why the TAES Network has been formalized, composed of nursing staff from the health centers, to follow up the treatment and make timely detection on patients with tuberculosis. He reported that so far this year in Mexicali a total of 507 cases of tuberculosis in all its forms have been registered, out of which 437 belong to the lung type, which is equivalent to 86%. Among the topics addressed were: “Mycobacteriosis and tuberculosis”, given by Rafael Martínez Miranda; “Strategy to end tuberculosis”, by Rosa María Herrera Torres; “Baciloscopic follow-up in the treatment”, by Martha Aurelia Mendoza Verduzco; “Reflection on therapeutic adherence”, by María del Rosario Padilla Salas and “Nursing Care Plans”, by Néstor Daniel Gutiérrez Navarro. Source: Gob. del Estado de Baja...

Mexico seen as potential leader in the medical cannabis industry

Mexico seen as potential leader in the medical cannabis industry

Nov 2, 2017

HempMed is the company that will seek to convert Monterrey into the cradle of cannabis in the country. On June 20 this year, the Official Gazette of the Federation published the law that allows the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes in Mexico, which was approved by the congress 3 months earlier, on April 2017. Given this, many companies have shown interest in entering the market in Mexico, however it will not be until the end of the year when the complete regulations about the places where it can be acquired or about who can produce it will be known. One of the companies interested is HempMeds Mexico, a subsidiary of Medical Marijuana Inc. An American company that will now seek to convert Mexico into a power in research and development of medical marijuana. HempMeds got permission in October 2016 to market its hemp oil with cannabis for the treatment of neurodegenerative problems by the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), which showed its first interest in entering Mexico. Original image, source: HempMeds México‘s facebook page. Now the company will have its first main office in the country, which will be located in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and will be operated by Raul Elizalde, one of the promoters of the reforms for the use of medical cannabis. The company will seek to convert Monterrey into the cradle of medical cannabis in the country, since they have all the necessary resources in the state of Nuevo Leon, and according to statistics, Mexico would represent a market between 2 billion and 5 billion Dollars per year. Original image, source:HempMeds México‘s facebook page. According to Elizalde, the company will seek to develop medicines, register and sell them to all Latin America from its base in Mexico, however they still have to wait for the final regulation of cannabis use in the country. In the United States, medical and recreational marijuana is available in several commercial places, but in Mexico that will not be possible due to the rules of the Ministry of Health and Cofepris. The company said that for the moment they are waiting for the regulation for production and development, since they...