Dental tourism in Mexico will report this year an impact of about USD $372 million, seven percent more than in 2016, say experts from the sector.
This was highlighted by the announcement of the Dental Implant Week for Low Resources Patients, an event held in Mexico City from May 22 to 27, with the support of the Mexican Association of Oseointegration (COMO).
The president of the Mexican Association of Dental Industry and Trade (AMIC), Raquel Tirado Perez, said that “medical tourism with all procedures will generate in 2017, $3.69 billion dollars.”
She pointed out that the economic pledge for “dental medical tourism will be one thousand $1.37 million dollars.”
The specialist mentioned that this year is expected the arrival of about 56 thousand patients from the United States, Canada, as well as Central and South America.
In recent years this sector has reported an average growth of seven percent with the care offered to foreign patients, which is of great benefit to Mexico, she said.
She remarked that a foreign patient obtains savings of up to 90 percent in dental procedures performed in Mexico, compared to the costs of their home nations.
Tirado Perez mentioned that Nuevo Leon is the second entity in the country with the most important impact from dental medical tourism, which this year is expected to exceed $100 million.
For its part, the director of COMO, Diana Laura Bernal, reported that in the Week of the Implant fifty patients were attended with bone regenerations with equine bone and collagen membrane.
The patients were attended by specialists certified in dental implantology, she said.
Also she reamrked that in a private practice the cost of dental implant and bone regeneration ranges from $900 to $1,500 dollars, while under this program it only costs 3 thousand 180 pesos, about $150 dollars.
The technique that was used is the one applied in Italy, where the largest number of implants in the world is made with more than 200 thousand per year, while in Brazil and Argentina it is 100 thousand annually.