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CASA DOS ARCOS
Calle 17 Sur between 15 Av. y 15 Av. Sur Bis - Corpus Christi

Located just one half block from the beautiful Corpus Christi Church and Park, Dos Arcos is super convenient to shopping and 3 blocks to the ocean!
This high-visibility location also offers a great opportunity for your small businessor as a vacation rental property.

3-Bedrooms, 1-bath, living room, dining room and kitchen. This single story home is completely walled and gated with a charming front patio, outdoor shower and garden in front with availability for built/in off street gated parking.

Lot Dimensions: 12 x 18 meters = 216 m2

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$130,000 USD

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CASA MARG
20 Ave. Sur Bis between Calle 19 y 21 Sur.

3 Bedroom, Living Room, Dinning Room, Kitchen with breakfast area, A/C MiniSplits/ Window units, 3.5 Baths, 2 Levels, Covered parking, Patio by pool
Pool (6' deep with a waterfall), has a lot of Storage space, Laundry Room, can come furnished.

Construction Size: 209.92m2 or2300 s.f.

Lot Size: 12 X 23.70 : 284.40m2

$199,000 USD
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APARTMENTS CORPUS CHRISTI
15 Av. Bis between Calle 13 y 15 Sur

Terrific opportunity to own a quality 4-unit apartment- building in the heart of the great vacation rental neighborhood of Corpus Christi!!!
Each light filled unit is approx. 450 sq.ft. and has double height living room ceiling. Second level has 1-bedroom, 1-bath loft with view down to the living room. Units feature kitchenette, separate electric meters, A/C units, appliances, and each are furnished with charm.

Lot Size: 12m x 18m = 216m2 / 2,325 sq.ft.
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You can live in one and the other for rent, either long or short term.
Start earning income immediately!
! ! ! NEW REDUCED ! ! !
$215,000


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PUESTA DEL SOL, PHASE 1, 5 Sur
-NORTH COAST-


Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo on the 5th floor of Puesta del Sol Phase I. One bath has a bathtub. Nicely decorated, open style living/dining room with fully equipped kitchen, all with oceanviews. Spacious master bedroom with private bathroom and TV/computer area, offering wonderful ocean views. Just minutes from downtown, Puesta del Sol is located along the quiet northern coast of Cozumel known for its beautiful multi-colored waters. This spectacular ocean front living offers, airport and shopping convenience, easy walk into downtown, low, affordable home owners dues (some of the lowest on the island!) and solid concrete construction including all interior walls. No drywall in this building! Oceanfront sundeck with pool provide a pleasant spot for lounging in some really nice outdoor furniture. Enjoy fabulous sunset views and nice neighbors relaxing poolside! 1,400 sq.ft.

AN UNBELIEVABLE VALUE AT
$299,999 USD

!!! CREATIVE OWNER FINANCING IS AVAILABLE. CONTACT US TODAY TO GET THE DETAILS. OWN YOUR BEACHFRONT UNIT WITH AS LITTLE AS $100,000 DOWN!!

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CASA TORTUGA
135 Av. Sur #7 between Calle 1 Sur and Adolfo Salas

Located in the Juan Bautista neighborhood this lovely home in two levels offers: 2-bedrooms with A/C minisplits, 2.5-bathrooms, master bathroom with tub and 2 showers, kitchen, living room, dining room, ceiling fans through out, studio that could upgrade for a third bedroom, terrace, well in the backyard with enough space for a pool, washer/dryer area, and a lovely front yard with garage for two cars, water cistern, well, hydroneumatic pressurized water pump, wireless internet and telephone line.

Also it comes with Furniture; just ready to move in!!!!

$155,000 USD
OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE
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MAR ESMERALDA
Km 6.99 Carretera a Chankanaab - Entre The Money Bar Landmark Resort y Hotel Fiesta Americana
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Spanning 100 meters of gorgeous Caribbean oceanfront this incredible property perfect for your investment. Located along the quiet and stunningly beautiful "old" road, Mar Esmeralda is situated between the new luxurious Landmark Resort and Fiesta Americana Hotel. You can build 200 rooms per hector (a little over 400 rooms in total six floors high or 66 houses per hector (a little over 132 homes in total).

Lot Size: 100 meters wide OCEANFRONT x almost 221 meters deep = 21,691.85 M2: a little over 2 hectors or 336 ft xd 743 ft. = 249,648 s.f..

$3'470,000 USD

New REDUCED price $160.00 USD per square meter.
!!! HOT DEAL !!!


CARIBE MEXICANA LOTS
- OCEANFRONT-
LOT 1
- OCEANFRONT -



Lot Size: 18.75m X 100m = 1875m2

New Reduction price!!
$350,000 USD

LOT 2
- OCEANFRONT -



Lot Size: 18.75m X 100m = 1875m2

$550,000 USD

LOT VISTA DELFINES
- OCEANFRONT -
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Lot Size: 20m X 100m = 2000m2

$375,000 USD

caribe mexicana # 12, 13 AND 14

- OCEANVIEW & OCEAN ACCESS



LOT SIZE: 20m X 34m = 680m2
67 FT X 114 FT= 7,638 S.F.

LOT 6 $84,000 USD

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LOT 14 $59,000 USD

LOT 13 $55,000 USD
LOT 11 $55,000 USD


LOT WICK
Calle 7 Sur between 85 Av. Sur / 85 Av Sur Bis

A really nice lot for a residential home. Nice homes all around in this area. Easy access to Calle 11, close to the university, close to the new Sam's for mega shopping, and a straight shot to the ocean. This lot has a tall 10 Ft (3 meter) concrete wall with gated entrance.

Lot Size: 533.34m2 / 5,740 sq. ft.
With 10 Ft concrete Wall all around the lot.

! ! ! NEW REDUCED ! ! !
$85,000


LOT TIM II
40Ave. Between 2 and 4 North.

This well priced lot in an excellent location makes a great investment.

Lot Size: 225m2 / 2300 Sq. Ft.

Lot dimension:
9m x 25m

$39,900 USD
NEW REDUCED!



LOT BORDEN

This lot is located across the highway from the El Presidente Hotel & Spa and the New Marina, this property has electricity.

Lot Size: 20 m x 40 m = 800 m2 / or 67 ft. x 134 ft. = 8,611.12 sq.ft.


$45,000 USD


LOT TITO
75 Av Norte S/N between Juarez and Calle 2.

Great lot right off Juarez Av. with a small unfinished 1 bedroom, living room, kitchen, bath construction with beautiful trees. A perfect size lot to build your house with pool and big garden for plenty of fruit trees and flowers.

This is a good opportunity!!!!

Lot Size : 12.5 front x 49 deep = 612.5 M2 or 42 ft. x 165 ft. = 6,930 sq.ft.

Very negotiable, make your offer now!!!

$72,000 USD


CASA CRYSTAL
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CASA DE LA FUENTE
PDS PH 1 PENTHOUSE
LAS VENTANAS 303
CASA RANCHO
LOT EDDIE
VILLA DELFIN
VILLA SIRENA
MIRAMAR 102
LOT TORMENTOS
CASA LOLA II
PUEBLO NUEVO LOT 17
LOT BARBIE
LOT RAFAEL
CASA KIWI

RESIDECIAS REEF 7120

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NEW LISTINGS

 

 

CASA ECLIPSE

One side of a two floor Duplex is for sale in one of the best locations known as Corpus Christi and is considered to be one of nicest in-town neighborhoods on the island.

Two block’s from the ocean, the Corpus Christi park, and church, one block from one of the largest grocery and general merchandise store on the island and the Cineapolis multi-screen movie theater with 7 modern screens featuring many new releases from the US in English at a fraction of the price. It is a slightly long walk of about one mile to the central square where many of the most popular restaurants and much of the nightlife of Cozumel is centered.

The duplex comes with living room, kitchen, dinning room ,two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, covered garage for one car, large storage room, terrace on the top floor with jacuzzi and nice view.

$185,000.00 USD

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CASA AZORA
80 AV sur entre Miguel Hidalgo y Calle 7 Sur

This beautiful Mexican Style house offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living and dinning room area, well, cistern, laundry room, big pool and big patio,
near the New Sams on a nice neightborhood area,

Lot Size: 273 mts2 = 2,938 sq.ft.
Construction: 186.92mts2 = 2,002 sq.ft


$180,000.00 USD

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VILLA FONTAN
15 AV N between Calle 12 N and 14 N

In the best residential area in Cozumel this beautiful cluster of 5 homes offers three 2 bedroom units with 2 bathrooms, each with nice 2nd level terraces and laundry rooms with storage, plus two 1 bedroom units with 1 bathroom. Each have a living room, dining room, equipped kitchen, A/C, and shared pool. Very nice Caribbean architectural, these Villas can be your Home and make vacation or long term rental income. Come live in paradise!

Lot Size: 930.75mts2 sq.ft
Construction: 561.92sq.ft

$750,000.00 USD


!!VERY NEGOTIABLE!!

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VILLA SHARON

Located on the north coast shoreline, a unique opportunity to own a private individual home on the ocean with pool. 19.50 x 31 meters = 599.63 m2 lot and over 400 m2 of construction. Upstairs: 3 large bedrooms, each with baths facing a large balcony terrace that offers spectacular ocean views. Downstairs: Entryway, large space for a new kitchen, living room/dining room, master bedroom with large bath, laundry room. The home has not been restored since Hurricane Wilma. It has a very strong structure that needs cosmetics, landscaping in the back, and the pool replaced. This is truly a unique opportunity to own a wonderful home on the north coast shoreline directly on the ocean within walking distance to town.

$900,000 USD
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COSTA DEL SOL B6
SOUTH COAST HWY - COSTA DEL SOL KM. 12.8 - Costa Del Sol B6


Located on the south end of the island only 8 miles from town in a development with 26 ocean view homes in a beautiful private setting, this wonderful 3 bedroom home comes completely furnished and ready to move in. The private beach measures 400 feet of coastline. All of the homes have purified water systems, satellite television, Vonage telephone, DSL wireless internet, and beautiful landscaping with yards around every home. Amenities include 24 hour security, on-site vacation rental management, a luxury clubhouse, beautiful infinity pool with children's pool, shallow area for beach chairs, Jacuzzi, 135 ft. pier to catch dive, pleasure or fishing boats, central A/C, purified and pressurized drinking water system, and more!

$589,000 USD
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RESIDENCIAS REEF #8170 & #8180
- SOUTH COAST -

BEST DEAL in Oceanfront Living!

#8170
- Large, nicely furnished, air conditioned STUDIO with queen bed, sleeper sofa, in unit washer/dryer, large bath .Comfortably sleeps 4. $169,000.00

#8180 - Beautiful 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom,corner-end unit with wraparound patio. Sleeps 6 very comfortably with two nicely furnished bedrooms and sofa sleeper. Washer, dryer, and A/C. Steps from this unit lead down to the fresh water pool, with endless sandy beach and the turquoise blue ocean at your disposal. Owner may rent units separately or as a sought after high capacity block of rooms for special events.

$ 259,000.00

! ! ! Amazing prices
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Both units together available for $399,000 USD


CASA RENE
55 Av Norte S/N between Blvd. Aeropuerto and 16 Norte


Located in a very nice neighborhood off Airport Boulevard, this lovely 2 story home has a beautiful terrace on the second floor. The house was built by a recognized Cozumel Architect and builder, Benjamin Marqueda.Casa Rene offers 3 bedrooms with closets, 2.5 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room, laundry room, garage for two cars and a good size back garden where you can build a pool for as little as $10,000 USD. The master bedroom has a walk in closet, bathroom with tub.Lot Size : 3,455 sq. ft.
VERY NICE HOME
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$270,000 USD

OWNER FINANCING
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EL CANTIL 4C
Oceanfront - Avenida Melgar at Calle 15

This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath condominium offers floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a 62 foot-wrap-around balcony, views of the Caribbean Ocean to Playa del Carmen and Xcaret. Adding an even more luxurious appeal, this property comes completely furnished, ready to move in, with wide open spaces in the living and dining room, kitchen with GE Appliances, central air conditioning, and storage room. This property is located in downtown near the grocery stores, shopping areas, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and many other activities. The building has its own pier, sandy walk in area to the ocean, and underground garage parking with storage spaces. This distinctive property is an excellent income producing rental with professional management available. Size: 3,942 sq. ft.

$650,000.00

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RESIDENCIAS REEF #7160


COMPLETELY FURNISHED Corner, ground level, one bedroom condo in Building 3 with a very large bath, dressing room, closet, shower area. Located in the gated community of Residencias Reef on San Francisco Beach with 2 private pools, beautiful sandy beach, parking, large balcony view to the beautiful ocean, gardens, and pool. Mini-split air conditioners, independent storage/laundry room, ready to move in and enjoy. Residencias Reef is a Luxury Beach Resort offering 200 feet of private sandy beach & magnificent sunset views, private pier, and walking distance to beach clubs. Great Vacation rental Income!!!!

Condo Size: 1,335 sq ft. / 124 m2

$209,000 USD
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Dowtown DUPLEX
8th street North between 5th and 10th avenues, downtown.

Great property located on 8th street North between 5th and 10th Avenues, Downtown in Centro neighborhood.

The lot is 13.45 m front by 38.45 m deep = 516.50 m2 / 5,559 s.f.
Side by side duplex apartments, each is aproximately 120 m2 with spacious living rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and kitchen/dining rooms in each. One level. Great backyard.Wonderful investment opportunity! This duplex is ideal for long term rental, or to live in one side and have your own business in the other side.....many possibilities.

$220,000 USD
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BUSINESSES IN COZUMEL FOR SALE

Dive Shop for $225,000 FIRM ..more info.

Boutique Beachwear/Surf shop with a unique, special, brand new inventory. Been an established business here 10 years in a good, inexpensive rental location. Owner needs cash to finish his new Cozumel home!

$100,000 USD

CELLULAR Business for sale, great rental location, office furniture and equipment, permits and concession with income contracts per year. Good, easy business opportunity, "Only asking"

$ 25,000 USD

 


ISLAND NEWS

TRASHY GROUP UPDATE

June 2nd, 2011 marked the day for Limpiemos Nuestra Mexico, the nationwide effort to get out and clean up neighborhoods all across Mexico. It was a rainy morning here in Cozumel, but the large group of volunteers led by Elisa Fernanda Martinez Arteaga, cleaned countless bags of trash and recyclable items off the Transversal Road. At least 3 dump trucks carted off the litter, leaving the street looking much refreshed. Big thanks go out to Elisa, all the volunteers, and PASA, for coordinating the big day here in Cozumel. For more information on the organization and their efforts visit the Limpiemos Nuestra Mexico web page.
The next Trashy Little Event will be Sunday, July 11th - Please come out and help keep our island looking beautiful.

We welcome new members! Find the Trashy Little Group - please join us! on facebook and join in the fun!



Travel advisories targeted

Tourism groups ask Texas DPS to refine its warnings about Mexico
By JESSICA PRIEST; HOUSTON CHRONICLE June 14, 2011.

American and Mexican tourist and travel industry groups have asked the Texas Department of Public Safety to narrow its travel advisories about Mexico, saying the state's current warning is too broad and is hurting business. The groups met with the Texas Secretary of State's office and DPS last week on behalf of companies and tourism agencies suffering from declining American travel to Mexico.

They say that less than 5 percent of Mexico is affected by cartel and drug violence and future DPS travel warnings should clarify which areas of Mexico pose the most threat to tourists. "Out of roughly 2,500 municipalities, only 80 are currently recording problems with drug violence," said Shannon Stowell, president of the Adventure Travel Trade Association. "It's a very acute problem versus a ubiquitous problem ."Specifically, the organizations say that popular resort cities, such as Cancun, Los Cabos and Cozumel, are not dangerous for Americans.

"If you look at federal travel warnings, they are very editorial free, just reportage on the facts. But the one that came out of Texas had what I would call an inflammatory message. It was an unfair blanket statement," Stowell said. "It's a damage to our membership."

Recent DPS statement

The most recent DPS travel warning, issued in time for spring break this year, encourages Texans to avoid the country altogether: "Drug violence has not discriminated — innocent bystanders and people who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time are among the casualties. Underestimating the violence in Mexico would be a mistake for parents and students," DPS Director Steven C. McCraw said in the statement. "Our safety message is simple: avoid traveling to Mexico during Spring Break and stay alive."

DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said Tuesday that the organization does not have any plans to revise its travel warning.

"There are various crime incidents that occur in popular resort areas, including Cancun and Acapulco," she said. "We will continue to monitor events in Mexico and we will issue warnings as necessary to protect our citizens." Travel to Mexico from the United States dropped by 4 percent in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Tourism to Mexico made up approximately 14.7 percent of all American outbound travel in 2010, according to Stowell. More than 30,000 people have died in drug-related violence since Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared war against the countries' eight cartels and deployed Mexican troops to the fight in 2006.

The number of Americans killed in Mexico reached 111 in 2010, prompting the U.S. State Department to issue a nationwide travel advisory. The advisory urges Americans to be wary of border areas and destinations outside of the tourism bubble, such as Ciudad Juarez, which currently boasts the highest murder rate in Mexico. Arizona also has issued travel advisories to its residents about Mexico. In March, state officials suggested tourists avoid "illicit activities" and "monitor (their) alcohol intake" while visiting south of the border.

Savvy travelers

Terry Denton, president of the Travel Leaders/Main Street Place Travel in Fort Worth, said his agency has seen a 15 to 20 percent drop in visits to Mexico this year."In the past, people in Texas have rolled things like this off their back because they were savvy with Mexico travel, but this year had a qualitative different feel about it," Denton said. "After that warning came out, we saw a dramatic increase of people coming to our office asking questions and expressing concern. In many cases, we could alleviate any fears and concerns they had by sharing our knowledge of statistics and geography." Karen Bavoso, a travel agent for the Houston-based Woodlake Travel Services, said clients who choose to cross the border, love it. "People who have gone before have no problems going back," she said. "It's just people who have never been there that are afraid. " Of the DPS travel warning, she said, "It's kind of like they're saying, 'There's trouble in Texas.' Well, where in Texas? Texas (and Mexico) are huge. We advise our clients to be safe no matter where you go. You can be robbed anywhere."




Mexico an increasing option for medical care Arizonans find quality procedures at a fraction of the cost
by Tessa Muggeridge Cronkite News Service

PHOENIX —As Gov. Jan Brewer’s administration grappled with a public outcry earlier this year over cuts denying organ transplants to dozens served by the state’s Medicaid system, Dr. Robert H. Page of Tempe called her office to propose a solution: Send the patients to Mexico. At a meeting later with a member of Brewer’s staff, Page, who has a family practice in Tempe, explained his reasoning. In Mexico, he said, private, internationally-accredited hospitals can perform transplants for a fraction of what U.S. hospitals would charge the state. The governor’s office didn’t go that route—the state eventually restored the transplant funding—but since 2008 Page has been referring uninsured and under-insured patients in need of surgery to Mexico.

It became a second business, MedToGo International. Page isn’t the only one who thinks that Mexico is a big part of the future of U.S. health care. The idea is part of a trend in Arizona and across the nation of U.S. health care businesses reaching across the border. This summer, MedToGo International, which Page started with his two sons, plans to begin sending patients to Mexico for organ transplants for the first time. “If you come in with something broken, I’ll send you to the best orthopedic surgery here in Tempe or Mesa, but if you don’t have insurance, what do you do? This is our solution,” said Page, who was raised on the border in Douglas and went to medical school in Mexico.

Page said he got the idea for MedToGo International when an uninsured patient needed an emergency prostate operation. After calling around and getting discounts from a local surgeon, hospital and anesthesiologist, the surgery cost came down to $13,000, he said, but it still wasn’t low enough for the patient. On a whim, Page called a urologist in Hermosillo, Mexico, and sent the patient there, where he had the surgery and spent two days in the hospital. The total cost: $1,250. “As a family practitioner, I’ve been called a gatekeeper for 20 years now,” he said. “We bring [patients] in and send them to the right specialty, … but if you don’t have insurance, I’m going to send you to Mexico.”

A growing business

In Mexico, medical services can cost as little as one-tenth of what the same services would cost in the United States. That applies to prescriptions and optical, dental and other medical care. Page said it’s a myth there aren’t well-trained doctors throughout the country. Other businesses in Arizona and the Southwest are expanding into Mexico or sending patients and clients across the border. In Texas, the large Catholic hospital chain Christus Health expanded into Mexico in 2001, two years after it opened, and began coordinating travel for health care several years ago. “We were really interested in becoming a cross-border system,” spokeswoman Abby Lowe said from the company’s Dallas-area headquarters. “We know the world is getting flatter and borders are less important than they used to be, at least where care is concerned.” Christus has hospitals in six U.S. states and operates clinics, ambulance services and hospitals in five Mexican states. Some of the Mexican facilities are able to do procedures U.S. hospitals can’t, Lowe said, because of different testing, patents and technologies that have hit Mexico first.

The company also coordinates medical travel for patients to be treated in Mexico. The online system involves reviewing information about the procedure a patient wants and checking prices, selecting a specialist and filling out medical information. A medical coordinator reviews the information and a specialist responds within 24 hours to report whether the patient has been selected, date availability and an estimated quote. “We’re definitely looking to move forward and expand internationally,” Lowe said. “People have been moving back and forth across the border for years and years — this is a natural fit.” No Arizona hospitals have expanded across the border to date.

California's insurance plans

In Southern California, more than 3,000 people are enrolled in Blue Shield of California’s Access Baja cross-border insurance plans for employer groups. The insurance plans send people across the Mexican border to 12 pharmacies, six hospitals and various specialists and personal physicians in Tijuana and Mexicali for some of their health services at discounted rates. The Access Baja HMO Provider Network plans, which premiered in 2000, are about one-third of the cost of other traditional health plans in California, said Mary Taing, a spokeswoman for the company. Employees at companies that purchase the plans must live within 50 miles of the border to qualify. There aren’t any similar insurance plans being offered in Arizona, though there has been speculation that it will happen soon. Government officials in the Mexican state of Sonora, directly south of Arizona, are heavily promoting medical tourism to Mexico by Americans. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, has worked with Sonoran health officials to provide expertise as Mexico promotes some its private hospitals to uninsured, under-insured and retired Americans. He said visiting a hospital in Hermosillo left him impressed. “You wouldn’t have known if you were at Mayo (Clinic) or Hermosillo in Mexico,” he said. “It’s just really well done with high quality doctors and obviously good care.” Public hospitals and private ones—particularly those that are internationally accredited—often vary in quality, as do facilities city to city. Humble said Mexican officials are smart to target Americans by promoting accredited hospitals that meet the same standards as ones in Phoenix rather than medical facilities such as those in border towns offering dental or eye care. “If I was broke and I was facing a surgery that I was needing to have done (in Mexico), I would not hesitate at all, especially with the hospital in Hermosillo,” he said.

Acela Escobar, a 62-year-old Yuma County resident who was born in Mexico, began crossing the border for health care after her husband, who worked for a trucking company, lost their insurance after an accident and subsequent legal battle. “I was very sick and without insurance,” Escobar said in Spanish. “I went to Mexico to find a doctor so I could get medicine.”

High quality care

Across the border, she said she has gotten high-quality care for ulcers, osteoporosis, glaucoma, insomnia and arthritis. “Here, a doctor would charge my insurance $400 for one consultation. In Mexico, they charge me $20,” she said. “In Mexico, I see a lot of Americans when I go to an appointment.” Meanwhile, thousands of Arizonans every year cross the border to patronize dentists. Phoenix-based dental tourism company Dáyo Dental runs a weekly chartered van service to take patients to dentists in Tijuana, Nogales, Los Algodones, Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) and Cancún. Since it opened in 2006, the business has had more than 1,500 clients, said Ron Vinluan, one of the company’s founders and its managing director. Between 2009 and 2010, the company saw a 41 percent increase in revenue and a 36 percent increase in clients. “The high cost of dentistry is not unique in a few states—it’s an issue all over the United States,” Vinluan said. To make clients feel safe and looked after, the company provides all transportation between hotels, airports and the dental clinics, which some Americans request because of violence or perceived violence from the drug cartels.

“We go through a screening process with the dentists before we really look into a partnership,” Vinluan said. “And we send large volumes of patients so we get discounted prices (from the dentists) and pass those on to clientele.”

Patients from California increasing

There has been little research on exactly how many Americans or U.S. residents cross into Mexico for health care, and the U.S. government keeps no statistics. But a 2009 study out of the University of California, Los Angeles’ Center for Health Policy found that nearly 1 million Californians seek medical care in Mexico annually. While half of these were Mexican immigrants, both long- and short-stay, the number of Americans traveling across the border for care is likely increasing, said Steven Wallace, co-author of the study and associate director of the center. “In the number of people who go down, the biggest driver was a lack of health insurance,” Wallace said. “After health care reform, there’s still an estimated 20 million people without insurance, and that’s a group that will continue to find Mexico attractive because of the lower cost of care.”

Non-Latino whites in the United States are most likely to cross the border for prescription drugs, Wallace said, but his study didn’t specifically ask what service each person was seeking in Mexico. He has found that immigrants are more likely to cross for dental care. “With the recession and lost jobs, 2 million Californians lost health insurance and the population is up, so that is driving more people to Mexico,” Wallace said.

The Mexican government’s secretary of tourism said earlier this year that based on previous visitor patterns, the country is expecting 650,000 medical visitors by 2020 and predicted they will spend $50 million.

Growth in medical tourism for Arizona

Amar Gupta, the University of Arizona’s Thomas R. Brown Endowed Professor of Management and Technology who has led research in medical tourism between the United States and Mexico, said the industry is poised for rapid growth in Arizona over the next several years. His research has been identified by others as some of the most in-depth and thorough that exists on medical tourism between the United States and Mexico. Gupta predicted that Arizona insurance companies will begin to include liability coverage for some treatments in Mexico. “We’ll see this happening in the next two to three years,” he said, adding that this could eventually be extended to require that certain procedures be completed in other countries, which is the case in some European countries. “California is ahead of us with this with some plans already covering treatment in Mexico. It’s just a matter of time because American insurance companies are very enterprising.” More people will feel comfortable using their American insurance in Mexico, he said.

Such insurance companies will likely lead to more companies or doctor partnerships, he said. Since Arizona has a strong telemedicine system, Gupta said he anticipates that the medical tourism and telemedicine industries will grow hand in hand. He called for international laws that would allow doctors to treat patients across state and country lines. Over the next two decades, an increasing number of people will cross the border both ways, sometimes Americans seeking specific treatments in Mexico and sometimes Mexicans seeking specific treatments in the U.S., Gupta said, though immigration laws and procedural restrictions that slow down border crossing could slow the growth of medical tourism. “I expect all kinds of new partnerships to develop and evolve over time,” he said, cautioning that it’s easy for U.S. doctors to go to Mexico and begin treating patients there but difficult for Mexican doctors to do the same in this country.

Because of that, Gupta said he mainly expects to see American companies continue to expand into Mexico. “It’s a new business opportunity for American corporations more than anything else,” he said.

 



My love of Mexico
By: Elisabeth Rolfe


After reading this article from CNN's website on how safe Mexico really is despite the negative PR we Americans get bombarded with lately, I can't help but remember one of my experiences which really reflects this portion of that CNN story: And it's often better in Mexico, where locals show particular gusto in love of life. Once I saw fireworks go off in Mexico City, before sunset, and asked a local why. He was surprised I didn't know. "It's Friday," he explained. In restaurants, strangers seeing each other's eyes instinctively say "buen provecho" before eating. It's an earnest wish that their food should not only be tasty, but really pleasurable, and that the hope that their life will be a bit better as a result. There really is no English equivalent. Even our adopted "bon appétit" pales in significance. It really is like that, everyday. We were there once in January during the coldest weather in 8 years (60 degrees instead of the usual 80). It was Simon's birthday and since the seas had been so rough from the high winds, no boats had come to bring supplies to the local 'big' grocery store, so we spent the morning riding around the island (Cozumel) looking for food and other items for Simon's birthday party that afternoon. Our neighbor, Fernando, promised he'd get the cake and candles for us. As we were driving around San Miguel we noticed that many of the dogs (and there are a LOT of dogs on Cozumel) were wearing tee shirts...not 'doggy shirts' like we buy for our pets, but people shirts or, in the case of the little dogs, children's sized shirts. As we learned from previous trips to the island, the locals loved to celebrate just about anything so we just assumed it was something like that, but were still intriqued. Why? What could it be? Dogs in t-shirts? Hmmmm... After finding everything we needed and arriving back at the house, I walked across the street to Fernando's casa and knocked on the gate. Out came his big Pitt dressed in a very colorful t-shirt, along with a few Chihuahaus belonging to his sons' families, all wearing tiny little baby clothes. As Fernando approached me with his usual happy 'Hola Leese, how are you?' I just had to ask, "Why are the dogs on the island all dressed in shirts today Fernando?" He looked at me very perplexed, as if the answer was obvious....'Because they're cold Lis'. This is why I love Cozumel.

 



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