The words “Medicare savings” are a red flag to some and a carrot to others. But far away from the debates in Washington, a group of expatriate baby boomers point to one place they believe real Medicare savings could be realized: Mexico. A doctor’s office visit or house call (still a common practice in Mexico) costs only $25-$40, according to a 2007 study by The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs. However, resistance to the expansion of Medicare to Mexico is coming from some health-care industry groups like the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association, according to David C. Warner, who teaches public affairs at LBJ School.
Medicare Savings: Is the Answer in Mexico?