The Chamber of Deputies approved adding a third paragraph to section III of Article 52 of the Migration Law, to establish that the foreigner as a regional visitor will not need a visa when their entry into Mexico has the purpose of receiving tourism services from Health.
The document endorsed with 372 votes and sent to the Senate for its constitutional effects states that the period of stay may be extended as long as there is a medical certificate issued in terms of what is provided by the Regulation and other applicable legal provisions.
The chairman of the Committee on Migration Affairs, Gonzalo Guízar Valladares (Social Meeting Party), said that Mexican medical services are booming today, because “the great potential of professional doctors, specialists and general practitioners generates more than six billion dollars as of 2010, that is, it is a foreign exchange income”.
Previously, the situation was the other way around, since Mexicans had to travel abroad, mainly to the United States, to receive quality professional medical services.
With the reform, he stressed, the foreigner who comes to receive medical service is considered health tourism or medical in an international concept.
“We have to take advantage of this situation and opportunity to make it easier for foreigners that when they come to receive medical attention, with the presentation of a medical certificate in their recovery of the service they received, they can be here not only these days, but also the days that are necessary for recovery,” he added.
Guízar Valladares pointed out that the core of the opinion on medical tourism “is to tell those who receive the service, which generate millions and millions of dollars in foreign currency. The reform means economic benefits, lodging, food, especially at the borders. ”
The promoter of the reform, Maria Luisa Sanchez Meza of the PAN party, stressed that today for medical or aesthetic reasons, health is an important generator of economic activity worldwide. It is an industry evaluated in up to 100 trillion dollars and with an expectation of growth of up to 25 percent annually.
In Mexico, the economy that generates health tourism can be strengthened with adequate public policies.
Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Jalisco, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Quintana Roo and Yucatan are the states with the highest number of patients from all over the world who entrust their lives to Mexican specialists.