Most people do not tend to think of Mexico as a haven for cancer treatment, but there are approximately 40 clinics and hospitals there offering some of the finest alternative medical treatments for cancer today. They vary in size from one-doctor operations to modern, multi-story, full-service hospitals with an extensive range of doctors on staff.
In Mexico, the political system is such that the government credits and inspects clinics and hospitals, but does not attempt to get in between the doctor and patient. In short, it leaves doctoring to doctors. This means they are free to use treatments from countries around the world which have proven successful in battling cancer. They can also develop and perfect their own treatments and immediately use therapeutic breakthroughs as soon as they become available.
Not so in the United States where cancer treatments are usually limited to varieties of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. This is unfortunate as there are about 100 other useful, non-toxic cancer treatments, almost all of which have well-documented scientific evidence to support them.
Having freedom-of-choice regarding treatments, Mexican doctors have been able to develop their skills in using both conventional and alternative therapies, schooling their staffs in them and setting up appropriate patient care facilities. In addition, over the years they’ve learned which treatments, or combination of treatments, work best for which conditions.
An unusual “sub-specialty” in cancer care has arisen in Mexico out of all this. Although hospitals there get patients from around the world, the majority come from the United States (This is another reason they locate close to the border.) These people typically have received conventional cancer treatments where they live without success. Frequently they are very sick with bodies severely weakened by surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
Best of the Best
Not all clinics and doctors in Mexico are worthwhile of course. We recommend only the best of the best. That is, those we feel are the most experienced, reputable and reliable – large or small. We have toured many facilities, talked to the staff, are familiar with their operations and talked to patients.
Typically, they’ve been around for many years. One in particular has treated over 100,000 cancer patients with alternative treatments in the last 35 years. A record like that speaks for itself. (Call us to arrange a free consultation with a doctor from Oasis of Hope or call them directly at .) For more information and recommendations, phone , or 805-498-0185 M-F, 9-5, Pacific time.
What to expect
Going to a hospital in Mexico, however, is different than a trip to an American hospital. Although most hospital staff there speak English fluently, there are definite cultural differences to get used to. Upon crossing the border, one quickly becomes aware that Mexico is not a rich country. Many streets and buildings are in need of repair, and sometimes clinics or hospitals are found in run-down or industrial areas. This is normal for Mexico and is no reflection on the quality of care one can expect once inside where things are clean, modern and well cared for.
Many of the hospitals provide an extra bed so a family member or friend can stay in the same room with the patient at little or no cost. And most hospitals have such amenities as in-room phone service, internet access, cable TV and so on. Cancer therapeutic diets are designed for each patient.
Typical Length of Stay
Hospitals will provide lists of things to bring for the stay, which usually lasts 3 – 4 weeks. This time-frame allows them to monitor the cancer cell’s reproductive cycle which runs approximately 21 days. Doctors need this time to closely monitor the progress of therapy.
Some insurance companies will cover some services offered in foreign hospitals. Blue Cross and Blue Shield sometimes cover certain treatments depending on the state of residence of the patient in the USA (no uniform policy here nationwide). Medicare and Medicaid do not cover anything in any out-of-country hospitals. It is very important that insurance paperwork is filled out and submitted exactly correct.
Service companies have arisen specializing in filling out and processing insurance paperwork for foreign hospitals and negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of patients. They collect a percentage of the money recovered. Due to bad financial experiences with certain patients over the years, most hospitals now require substantial up-front cash payments. Insurance billing takes place after the fact and remains the responsibility of the patient.
Mexican Alternative Cancer Clinics