American Seniors Seek Healthcare in Mexico
The high cost of medical care in the U.S. is a growing concern to millions of Americans, especially seniors. U.S. Customs estimates that 10 million Americans bring home medications from across the border each year either from Mexico or Canada. President Bush’s new prescription drug plan is unlikely to stem the tide of medical tourism.
During the peak winter season when Snowbirds (seniors and retirees chasing the sun) flock to Arizona by the thousands in RVs, many also make the short trek across the border to Mexico for cheaper pharmaceuticals and significantly less expensive medical care.
Los Algodones is a small Mexican town on the US/ Mexican border. It caters to the market-driven north-south migration of American seniors seeking relief from the high cost of medical services and rising prescription drug prices. Los Algodones was once a tiny single industry town, relying solely on its cotton yields. Today, it is a boomtown with more than 200 doctors, dentists and pharmacies- all catering to their neighbors from the north.