Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, retirees and snowbirds living in Puerto Vallarta talk about the quality of medical care, the lower costs and the need for travel or long-term expat health insurance. They also share how healthcare services have been impacted by the pandemic.

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How are healthcare services Puerto Vallarta?

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

"Be sure to have travel insurance... helps to speak Spanish to communicate more freely with the caregivers, however someone there will speak English," commented one expat living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

What are medical services in Puerto Vallarta like?

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

"As cash customers of healthcare services in both the US and Mexico, we have found that private system medical costs all across Mexico are 1/20 of what it used to cost us back in California. We have also found the quality of care to be better," mentioned another expat living in Puerto Vallarta.

"Have to find equivalent medications or alternatives, but manageable. Have to find the right doctors, but that is the same as with the US," said an expat in Puerto Vallarta.

"Health care providers seem to care about you and not just calculating how much money you need to pay them," commented one expat living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Puerto Vallarta?

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"Ask for receipts as many places don't issue one.....my health insurance would not cover my pedicures even though I went to the hospital for medical pedicures as the person doing it was not the officially accepted PODIATRIST. My massage visits are wonderful and reasonable 500 pesos for 75 minutes! My insurance companies pay those to a limit as long as the receipts show all necessary info... so check with your insurance company what is necessary. Many Mexicans don't or can't write properly, so make sure they spell your name correctly and have all the info correct, even the date as on one of my receipts the girl put 2010 when it was 2017 and my insurance company refused it even though I had submitted many receipts together and it was an obvious error. There are many walk in clinics with doctors, but quality is questionable, so stick to well known ones in your area. Similaries are good and lower cost. I also lived in Mexico for 2 yrs and worked and had the local Seguro Social medical coverage... covers basics. I speak Spanish so it worked out ok, but it was a bit of a drive and a different process... so when I felt stressed I just used the local private clinic and paid 500 pesos to see the doctor," commented one expat who moved to Puerto Vallarta.

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What are emergency services like in Puerto Vallarta?

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When we asked about emergency services, members in Puerto Vallarta wrote:

"We live in PV 6 months of the year in our condo there and are just a 5 minute walk from 2 private first rate hospitals, Medasist and CMQ in downtown Puerto Vallarta. You can literally walk in and be seen immediately by a doctor in Emergency. I was admitted for 2 days in 2015 for bronchitis. I had a large private room with a window, couch, large bathroom and everything was absolutely spotless and shining clean... floors etc. Nurses uniforms new and clean also. I speak Spanish so I was able to communicate with all my caregivers. The food was excellent, delicious actually. The lady at the front desk, who was also in charge of activating insurance quickly and efficiently coordinated with my insurance provider so that I was not out of pocket at all in the admission stage where they normally ask for a credit card. I was recommend insisting at this stage that the hospital contact your insurance company to take care of all costs or you will end up paying something and having to claim it back. For a 2 day stay, my bill was around $2355 USD," commented one expat who moved to Puerto Vallarta.

Will I need to travel to see a specialist?

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"There are many specialists in Puerto Vallarta and you can usually make an appointment within 2 days and the cost is about 500 pesos (less than $50)," remarked another expat in Puerto Vallarta.

Are common prescription medications available in Puerto Vallarta?

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"Farmacia Guadalajara is a chain, so you are reasonably sure of the quality of the drugs and since their prices are standardized, chain-wise, you are reasonably sure that you are not paying the gringo price at one of the tourist pharmacies. Many common drugs available. Also Freddy's on Olas Altas," said an expat in Puerto Vallarta.

Have you felt comfortable with the medical care available during the pandemic?

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When asked specifically about healthcare experiences during Covid-19 pandemic, respondents said:

"Access to our regular cardiologist and internist has been restricted (actually, cut off altogether) because they were both drafted into the Covid fight. We were able to find younger replacements temporarily, however," commented one expat who moved to Puerto Vallarta.

"Reports were not positive initially, getting better now (vaccinations better vs. care initially)," said another expat.

"With expat donations PV was able to double the capacity of beds from 10 to 20. Not adequate at all for the pandemic. Also in the beginning Mexico was not reporting COVID cases accurately at all. they didn't test until after someone died to see if they had COVID," remarked another expat in Puerto Vallarta.

"Covid vaccinations for each age group currently are available for one day only, then the second shot becomes available 4-7 weeks later," remarked another expat living in Puerto Vallarta.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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