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Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Monterrey, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 10, 2023

Summary: Monterrey, Mexico is home to a number of hospitals and clinics, including the Hospital San José, the Hospital Universitario, the Hospital Metropolitano, and the Hospital San José Tec de Monterrey. Emergency services in Monterrey are generally reliable, and ambulances can be called by dialing 066. The quality of medical care in Monterrey is generally comparable to that of the United States, with many of the same treatments and technologies available. However, the cost of medical care in Monterrey is often significantly lower than in the US.

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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Monterrey, they replied:

"Monterrey offers a wide range of healthcare services, including both public and private hospitals and clinics. The public healthcare system is provided by the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) and the Institute of Security and Social Services for State Workers (ISSSTE). These institutions offer a variety of services, including primary care, specialty care, emergency care, and preventive care. Private healthcare services are also available in Monterrey, with a variety of hospitals and clinics offering a range of services, including general and specialized care. Additionally, Monterrey is home to a number of medical research centers and universities, providing access to advanced medical treatments and technologies," remarked one expat in Monterrey.

" It depends on finances and age. If you're a professional moving to Mexico for business reasons, then you'll no doubt be given a private insurance plan. For those still young, private insurance is cheaper than in the USA but still ultimately unaffordable. Those working for public or private sector employers should automatically be enlisted in the IMSS which is our national system free to the user. Roughy equivalent to the UK's NHS, if you need something major it is excellent. For minor problems you may care to go private. Besides the IMSS, if you're not working you can enroll in the govenment's Seguro Popular system which is probably a bit inferior to the IMSS but again will protect you against major events. Next, I recommend paying monthly to subscribe to a private ambulance/outpatient service such as EMME. The price is reasonable and they come quickly with a fully equipped ambulance and medical team. They also have an outpatient walk-in centre open until late. Most pharmacies have an attached doctor available during work hours (sometimes morning only) and you can get a quick consultation either free or at insignificant cost - very useful if you need an antibiotic because these need a prescription now. ," remarked one expat living in Monterrey.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

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