Quick Facts about Medical Tourism in Puerto Vallarta

Alexis Velasco
Mar. 29, 2017

Medical tourism is often understood as people traveling abroad for the specific purpose of taking advantage of the hospital infrastructure in another country. However, both in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, this concept is redefined, thanks to the vast community of expatriates and winter residents from the United States and Canada who do not travel specifically for that purpose but may need medical attention.


Did you know?

  • Most travelers insurance covers only emergency situations while the person is vacationing at the destination. Only some of them include air evacuation policies, which can be purchased separately in short-, medium- and long-term plans. Some of these services are SkyMed and MedjetAssist.
  • There are medical tourism policies that provide greater coverage than travelers insurance. In Puerto Vallarta, Novamar Insurance Mexico offers plans that include direct payment to hospitals and doctors, bilingual care and full coverage in Mexico, USA, Canada and Europe. Many other insurance companies like AXA, MetLife, Zurich and Mapfre, among others, offer coverage and insurance plans in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico.
  • According to a study by Patients Beyond Borders, Mexico has in recent years come into its own as a global healthcare hub and patients traveling to Mexico for medical care can save between 40 and 65 percent on their procedures and treatments.


Below we present some data that might interest those who wish to take advantage of this benefit our destination offers.


Hospitals in Banderas Bay

(More than 25 medical specialties)

Top Five Medical Services Sought by Foreigners

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Procedures
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Treatment for Lyme Disease

Other Frequently Sought Services

  • Check-ups
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy



Roberto Castellanos
Novamar Insurance Mexico

"Since we started the company we have advertised in Vallarta Lifestyles, a publication that is considered ‘Puerto Vallarta’s Magazine’ by the quality of its images, content and staff, unique characteristics that encouraged us to say: ‘We have to be in Vallarta Lifestyles’. We know that this magazine is a reference for the target market that we are looking for and we know that being there gives us prestige.”
Leonardo Uribe
General manager

“We started to advertise 7 or 8 years ago and certainly it has helped us position our brand. Now that we have improved a lot in quality, processes and finished products, our marketing in the magazine is precisely to strengthen the leadership we have earned through the 13 years in the area. I also think that we also have grown with the advertisement and that it has been done and it has helped us get to where we are now.”
Moray Applegate
Applegate Realtors

“Vallarta Lifestyles is the number one magazine of its type in Vallarta · Nayarit. We were the first ones to advertise, because we saw it as an ideal platform to show our properties. The result? For a long time it has generated an extraordinary quantity of clients. Now in addition to that, it contributes to the positioning of our brand.”