Healthcare in Merida, Yucatan

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Mérida, the capital of the state, has always been a center for medical services in the Yucatán. The University of Yucatán (UADY) has had for generations one of the best medical schools in Mexico. Because of the quality of the hospitals and the many specialists of all kinds, patients from all over the southeast of Mexico - Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas, Veracruz and even Belize, come to Mérida for medical attention.

Residents will find that health services and care, including checkups, dental care, plastic surgery, rehabilitation, and intensive care, besides being first class, cost a fraction of what they would cost in the U.S. Many of the doctors speak English as they have done post-graduate work abroad.

For dental care we recommend Dr. Javier Cámara and Dr. Victor Gámez. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, we suggest you consult with Dr. Fernando Nuñez. All of these three doctors have studied in the US and speak perfect English.

The best hospitals in Mérida include the Clínica de Merida, tel. 942 1800, The Centro Médico de las Américas (CMA) tel. 926 2111, and Star Médica, tel. 930-2880. In Progreso you will find the Centro Médico Americano, tel. (969) 935 0951. In Cancún, there are the Hospiten, tel. 881-3700, and the Ameri Med, 881-3400.

For health insurance, rates in Mexico are very accessible. You can be protected and use the best hospitals and doctors at reasonable costs. The upper age limit to start is 65 or 69, depending on the company.

Blood banks: In Yucatán there is no North American Red Cross Blood Bank with units of blood on call, but rather for each emergency or scheduled operation blood is sourced from the hospital's own blood bank. It is customary for the patient to be requested to replenish the blood used from relatives and friends with the same blood type. Be sure to carry your blood type with you in case of emergency and know which of your friends and relatives might have the same blood type as you.

Dentists

Dr. Victor Gamez I.
  
Tel. (999) 926 4429, 927 5110
  
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.controlodontologico.com  

Dr. Javier Cámara Patrón
  
Calle 17 No. 170 x 8 y 10
 Garcia Gineres
Also Fco. de Montejo and Altabrisa
  
Merida, Yucatan
  
Tel. (999) 167 9444  
Email: [email protected]  
www.yucatan-dentist.com

Plastic Surgery

Dr. Fernando Núnez
  
Tel. (999) 920 2121
  
Website: www.clinicacolon.com

Reflexology 

UK Reflexology 
Cel. 9993 65 03 47
www.ukreflexology.com

Nena Mier y Teran
Cel. 044 999 140 0387
  
Email: [email protected]

Hospitals in Mérida, Yucatán

Centro Médico de las Américas
Calle 54 No. 365 just off Perez Ponce Ave. 
 
Merida, Yucatán 
  
Tel. (999) 926 2111 

Email:
 [email protected]
Website: www.centromedicodelasamericas.com.mx

Clínica de Mérida
Av. Itzáes No. 242, Col. García Ginerés
Mérida, Yucatán, México
Tel. (999) 942 1800 with 60 lines
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.clinicademerida.com.mx

CEM
 Centro de Especialidades Médicas del Sureste
  
Calle 60 No. 329-B y Ave. Colon
  
Mérida, Yucatán, México
  
Tel. (999) 920 4040

Email: [email protected]
Website: www.hospitalcem.com  

Star Medica Hospital
Calle 26 No. 199 between 15 &7

Col. Altabrisa, Mérida, Yucatán C.P. 97133
  
Tel. (999) 930 2880
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.starmedica.com

Centro Médico Americano (Progreso) 
  
Tel. (969) 935 0951
Website: www.cmaprogreso.com.mx 

NOTE: Neither Yucatan Today nor any of its editors or contributors expressly recommend any of the doctors or dentists listed above. As always, anywhere in the world, you are responsible for your own decisions about your health.

 

Recommended reading:
- Medical Tourism
- Medical Tourism: Star Médica is prepared
- Medical Insurance to age 69
- Face to Face: Dr. Luis Mario Baeza Mézquita

01.

Dentists in Merida, Yucatan

I was recommended a dentist called Smile Art Dental Center which has just moved to Merida from Tijuana. Their prices are quite fine and they accept all US dental insurances. I haven't visited them but found their profile at the following address: http://www.whereismydoctor.com/list/dentists/mexico/merida#329
Hope this helps:) Jill

02.

Health Care in Yucatan

I have had nothing but positive experiences with health care here in Yucatan. The first emergency situation we experienced was a root canal about 2 weeks after we moved into our home. The seller of our home whom we made friends with called his dentist for an appointment the same day as I called. That was to do an evaluation to determine if in fact I did need a root canal. I did and the dentist not only arranged it for later that same day, but wouldn't let me pay for his consultation. The root canal was done that evening, took about an hour and was totally painless. I was amazed at the technology that was used--continuous x-rays via a connetion to the endodontist's laptop so that he knew precisely where to drill. The charge for the root canal was only $1800 pesos. I then had to return to my friend's dentist for the crown which cost $3000 pesos. Both were first class experiences and I would recommend either of these dentists.

My next medical venture was a tummy tuck with Dr. Nunez at Clinica de Colon. The cost was about 1/3 of what I was quoted in US. Highly recommend him. I did have to return later to have him remove an errant stitch that he had missed originally, but that was certainly no big deal.

Next I decided to do my annual physical with Dr. Icaza at Star Medica. What a fabulous experience. Everything scheduled and done in the same location within 2 days and again cost was less than my co-pay would have been in US. I also had to have several tests done to determine cause of chronic cough so I saw ENT doctor and also had a lung function test. Final test was endoscopy done by Dr. Icaza. Result was hiatal hernia and acid reflux. I did go to the clinic in Progreso twice about the chronic cough and was not impressed with the treatment there. I was told that it was the humidity here and given Rx for cough medicine.

I've also seen a dermatologist for annual body check twice and had moles removed. Much better than treatment received in US at 1/3 cost and no scarring. Nearly all the doctors I've seen have spoken English on some level, although receptionists usually not.

I was also hospitalized with a bout of vertigo at the ER at Star Medica, just for about 4 hours.

My husband went to ER at Star Medica when he rubbed his eye after cutting back some cactus. He first went to the clinic in Progreso and got no results from them, but ER at Star Medica immediately called Opthamologist for instructions then after washing the eye for 30 minutes, sent him upstairs to see the Optha. He had nothing but praise for this experience.

Another experience when we first arrived in Progreso and didn't know anything about health care at all was when my husband was trimming bushes and accidentally brushed up against a gorgeous caterpillar on the leaves. Within 30 minutes his hand was numb and pain was shooting up his arm into his chest. We took a leaf with the caterpillar on it to the local pharmacy and showed them and they gave him a cream to rub on it. That didn't help and when our neighbor saw the caterpillar she told us 'injection'. Not knowing where to go, we went to the hospital in Progreso where we had seen the "red cross" (indicating emergency room and ambulance). Turns out we were at the IMSS hospital. Of course, they asked us for papers and we had none and spoke virtually no Spanish. Luckily we had taken the caterpillar with us again. We showed it to the security guard. She went back inside and about 5 minutes later came back to get us, even though the waiting room was full. Took us in to see the doctor who immediately gave hubby 2
'injections', a handful of pain pills and asked him to write his name on piece of paper. When we asked "how much", they wouldn't even let us pay. Turns out the hairs on these caterpillars contain poison/toxins. (See photo of caterpillars in Related Gallery.)

03.

tummy tuck

Dianne, i would be extremely interested in getting a few more details from you regarding your tummy tuck. I am very apprehensive about having something done outside my home country, but can not afford it any other way. Your help would be much appreciated. If you prefer to email me privately... please respond and i will include my email in the next reply.

cheers,
Carissa

05.

thankyou

Thanks Dianne,

you're a champ! I will be in touch shortly!

06.

Vascular

physician for vein lysis preferrably by laser,how much, how long downtime. Thank you, BJ

07.

re. vascular

Contact: www.medicaltraveleryucatan.com

08.

ear surgery specialist

would welcome recommendations for ear surgeon in merida area. would prefer English speaking. MANY THANKS

10.

inner ear surgery specialist

I DO APPRECIATE YOU INTEREST IN MY PLIGHT. WHEN I GET BACK FROM PHOENIX (MAY FIRST) I WILL CONTACT HIM. I WILL GET BACK TO AS WHEATHER MY EXPECTATIONS WERE MET. AGAIN THANKS

11.

Podiatrist

I am moving to Merida from Phoenix, Arizona and am looking for a good podiatrist.

12.

re. podiatrist

I have checked all 4 of the major hospitals and none of them has podiatrists (podólogo in Spanish). But there is a place called Centro de Atención al Pie (Center of Attention to the Feet) with 3 locations. They are a group of podiatrists. They don't have an email or website, but they deal with all types of foot problems. Their 3 branches:

REFORMA
Tel. 999 920 0296

CAMPESTRE
Tel. 999 944 8955

PINOS
999 943 6102 and 999 196 0664

The Yellow Pages also lists 2 podiatrists, both of whom are affiliated with the above mentioned foot clinics:

Dr. Raul Hernandez Serrano
Tel. 999 196 0664 (same phone number as the Pinos location above)

Dra. Gabriela Penagos
Tel. 999 944 6809 (she must have a separate office location)

If this is something crucially important to you, you should invest in a phone call before you move here, to see if they have the services you need. They may not have English speaking staff, so if you don't speak Spanish, try to get someone to help you with the phone call. Our country code in Mexico is 52.

14.

Cataracts

Hello there,
Wondering if there is an eye surgeon who does cataract surgery in Merida, who is located fairly close to Itzimna.
Thank you,
Allen

15.

re. tummy tuck

Please contact:
Plastic Surgery
Dr. Fernando Núnez

Tel. (999) 920 2121

Website: www.clinicacolon.com

17.

spider veins

Does anyone know of a recommended doctor to treat spider veins in Merida.

18.

re. spider veins

Mary Beth, what kind of doctor does this? Dermatologist? Plastic surgeon? I can research some names for you if I know where to start.

YT Editor

19.

cataracts

Thank you Juanita

20.

spider veins

Both kind of doctors do this procedure. Thank you

21.

re. spider veins

Hola Mary Beth, I have sent an email to plastic surgeon Dr. Fernando Nuñez of Clinica Colón http://www.clinicacolon.com/ but it may be worth a phone call. He is very highly regarded and speaks fluent English, as I am sure does his staff.

There are 3 major hospitals here, all of which have excellent dermatologists, and I am positive you would find someone in Merida to do this work for you; we have state of the art procedures and facilities. The 3 hospitals' websites are: http://www.centromedicodelasamericas.com.mx/

http://www.starmedica.com/default.asp?pub=1006

http://www.clinicademerida.com.mx/

You can also contact

http://www.healthstarmedicaltourism.com/

and

http://www.medicaltraveleryucatan.com/joomla/

Good luck!

22.

Living In Merida This coming year need Rx pain Med.

I'm moving to be a retired permanet resident in Merida Mexico, I'm very concerned about getting my needs met 27 years using Morphin Sulf but I hear not possible in Merida Mexico ! What Rx from Dr. there can I get ? I'm worried. Thx,

23.

Invitro fertilization

Could you please recommend a hospital for this type of medical care?

24.

re. invitro

I am not positive who offers this. It would be best to contact the OB/GYNs at the major hospitals as a starting point.

There are 3 major hospitals here, all of which have excellent OB/GYNs. The 3 hospitals' websites are: http://www.centromedicodelasamericas.com.mx/

http://www.starmedica.com/default.asp?pub=1006

http://www.clinicademerida.com.mx/

You can also contact

http://www.healthstarmedicaltourism.com/

and

http://www.medicaltraveleryucatan.com/joomla/

Good luck!

25.

Angioplasty

pls suggest doctors at Clínica de Mérida for this type of procedure.
also need hotel accomodations - walking distance to Clínica de Mérida.

26.

Angioplasty

Angiology in Spanish is "Angiologia" and at Clinica Merida (http://www.clinicademerida.com.mx/) there are 3 specialist:

Nombre: DR. GERARDO PEON PERALTA
Especialidad: ANGIOLOGIA
Teléfono: 920-78-80EXT.1296
Correo: [email protected]

Nombre: DR. RAUL ALBERTO BACELIS ARZAPALO
Especialidad: ANGIOLOGIA
Teléfono: 920-45-11 942-18-00EXT.1297
Correo: [email protected]

Nombre: DR. SANTIAGO SAUMA RIOS
Especialidad: ANGIOLOGIA
Teléfono: 925-47-98EXT.1397
Correo: [email protected]

Right across Clinica de Merida there is an excellent hotel called "Hotel Margaritas Merida"
http://www.hotelmargaritasmerida.com/welcome.htm

27.

Dermatologist

Can anyone recommend an excellent dermatologist in Mexico? Looks like my husband has something serious going on.
Thanks!

28.

re. dermatologist

Are you in Merida? If so here is a list from Star Medica:

DRA. CLAUDIA CALDERON ROCHER
Star Médica Mérida
Especialidades:
DERMATOLOGÍA Cons.[ 523 ]
Tel.: 943 34 10

DR. DAN ROLANDO LÓPEZ GARCIA
Star Médica Mérida
Especialidades:
DERMATOLOGÍA Cons.[ 731 ]
Tel.: 9302880 EXT 2731

DR. JORGE A. CERVERA CAMPS
Star Médica Mérida
Especialidades:
DERMATOLOGÍA Cons.[ 716 ]
Tel.: 943 53 88

DRA. ROSA ISABEL HERNANDEZ MARTINEZ
Star Médica Mérida
Especialidades:
DERMATOLOGÍA Cons.[ 811 ]
Tel.: 196 18 84

DR. WILBERTH CETINA ALPUCHE
Star Médica Mérida
Especialidades:
DERMATOLOGÍA Cons.[ 601 ]
Tel.: 943 13 47

29.

Dermatologist

Yes, we are in Merida. Thank you the list!

30.

re. dermatologist

I can personally recommend DRA. ROSA ISABEL HERNANDEZ MARTINEZ but the last time I saw her at the end of December she was 7 months pregnant! I'm not sure if she is back to work yet. Try calling her office.

31.

Bio-Identical Hormones for Hormone Replacement Therapy

Moving to Merida, Mexico and need a doctor familiar and able to prescribe bio-identical hormones for my HRT. Also would like someone who can treat hypothyroidism with iodine and iodide as opposed to Levothyroxine...so I guess I am looking for an endocrinologist and a specialist on women's health

32.

re. HRT etc.

Star Medica is an excellent hospital. http://www.starmedica.com

Here are some names for you:

THEY HAVE 24 GYNECOLOGISTS...HERE IS ONE I KNOW PERSONALLY:

DRA. KARLA RUZ HERRERA
Star Médica Mérida
Especialidades:
GINECOLOGÍA Y OBSTETRICIA Cons. 802
Tel.: 943 25 45

ENDOCRINOLOGISTS:

DRA. ADLEMY DE JESUS ARAUJO MENDEZ
Star Médica Mérida
Especialidades:
ENDOCRINOLOGÍA Cons. 524
Tel.: 943 66 36

DRA. FAYSI FERNÁNDEZ OJEDA
Star Médica Mérida
Especialidades:
ENDOCRINOLOGÍA Cons. 510
Tel.: 943 51 80

DR. JOSE A. CETINA MANZANILLA
Star Médica Mérida
Especialidades:
ENDOCRINOLOGÍA Cons. 518
Tel.: 943 51 70

DRA. PATRICIA EUGENIA AGUILAR PACHECO
Star Médica Mérida
Especialidades:
ENDOCRINOLOGÍA Cons. 608
Tel.: 196 04 80

33.

Neck lift or lipo to remove fat from neck

Best doctor in Meridia and the cost for this procedure
Thank you

34.

Need orthopedic/osteopathic services avalilable.

Please advise

35.

Physical therapy - knee

I need to continue my physical therapy for a replaced knee while in Merida for the month of March. Any ideas?

36.

re. knee

Excellent physical therapy services available from Fisiocare, and they have various branches in the city. You would need to bring a doctor's request with detailed therapies needed. An excellent orthopedic surgeon admired for his knee replacements is Dr. Guillermo Bobadilla, at Star Medica hospital, office tel. 999 943 6202, who would be able to give you the prescription for physio that you need.

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