Health Care Facilities in Mexico - What to Expect

In Mexico, many private hospitals and health care facilities have been certified by the Joint Commission International.  JCI is a US based organization that evaluates hospitals all over the world.  A JCI certification is the “gold seal” of standards and you can expect that the quality of care will meet or beat what you know back home.

Mexico’s public hospitals can be very basic.  On the other hand, private clinics and hospitals offer the latest technology and equipment, and come with exceptionally well-trained staff.

The quality of care is excellent and the facilities are outstanding.

What comes to mind when you hear the words “third world country?”

Poor people, right?

Mexico is often referred to as a “third world country,” but what exactly does that mean?

The term actually originated during the Cold War, (1947 – 1991). Perhaps not well known, what happened is that those countries that aligned with NATO and the United States were labelled “First World”.

Those countries that aligned with Russia were labelled “Second World.”

Everybody else - about 3/4 of the worlds’ population - got the name “Third World.”

So as you can see, the idea of first, second or third world countries really had nothing to do with economic status, and everything to do with whom they aligned.

Yet now, when people hear “third world,” they often picture poverty, an unstable country, a country with no infrastructure or modern amenities.

Mexico carries this repressive label, yet has the 15th highest GDP in the world. Ahead of Switzerland, the Netherlands and Austria.

Technically, Mexico is listed by the UN as a developing economy. Other developing economies include China, Brazil, India, Turkey and the Philippines.

But what kind of health care facilities are there in Mexico you wonder?

Well, these pictures from Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Merida, Monterrey and Guadalajara should help.

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