As the health care debate drags on in the US, many Americans have been finding their own solutions to expensive health care by traveling to Mexico and using the hospitals, clinics and specialists available at a fraction of the price is would cost back home.
PBS recently was in Puerto Vallarta to cover this health care issue. Its a great clip, I recommend watching it. One American, who needed a hip transplant, was interviewed in the broadcast. He says it would have cost him between $80,000 to $120,000 in the US but it cost him $13,500 USD in Puerto Vallarta.
Paul Crist, a Vallarta resident and businessman, has been working on trying to get Medicare coverage for Americans in Mexico. As he puts it, it would save money for the American people and government by lowering Medicare costs, it would lower costs for Americans who need assistance and it would help out the Mexican economy. You can find out more about what Paul has been lobbying for on his website.