Healthcare in Puerto Vallarta

A huge proportion of the North American population either has arrived at or is approaching retirement age. Recently AARP named Puerto Vallarta the Number One place in the world for Americans to retire. There are many reasons Puerto Vallarta was chosen: proximity to US & Canada, quality of life, lower cost of living, relaxed lifestyle, and climate. But by far one of the most significant is the availability and quality of healthcare. This is a very real concern to us all as we move into our 50s, 60s and older. As a realtor speaking to potential future residents of Puerto Vallarta, I am asked over and over about the level of health care in very specific details.

As far as quality of care and level of expertise of the doctors, nurses and technicians here, just read the many letters to editors of our English newspapers, where you will find rave reviews of patient experiences. There are several first rate hospitals, all located no more than a 20 minute drive from downtown Vallarta. These hospitals feature state of the art equipment; ambulance service is staffed with professional EMTs as well.


Significant Availability & Quality

Most amazing to visitors is that you can usually see a doctor the same day you call for an appointment, or if you need a specialist, no more than a day or two later. Most doctors here are bilingual and have done studies abroad in their specialty.

I think the most significant health news today in Mexico is about a very important movement that has begun right here in Jalisco by one of our full time residents. He was previously an aide to a US Senator before moving to Puerto Vallarta, where he owns and operates a small hotel. Being familiar with the ins and outs of legislation in Congress, he formed a group about two years ago to lobby the US Congress to do a pilot study with an eye to recognizing Medicare for Seniors in Mexico (where the largest population of North American expats in the world now live. His premise is that the US government could save up to 30% of medical costs to Medicare for people using the system in Mexico. To date he has lobbied more than 100 legislators. Click here to read more about this movement.


Vallarta just hosted a very well attended Global Medical Tourism Conference. Medical tourism has become a thriving business worldwide. And no place is more accessible to North America than Mexico.

Cosmetic surgery is a very popular elective, and much less costly here, and has attracted a large number of both women and men.

Dentistry also ranks very highly in Mexico, and the cost is significantly lower than up north, also with the very latest in techniques, from implants to zirconia crowns.

I have met countless people who have come to Mexico specifically for the significant savings and quality of care for cosmetic surgery or dental work, which are so much more affordable; for most people, these procedures are not covered by their medical insurance in Canada and the US.

Speaking of medical insurance, there are many specific policies for expats living abroad, and in many cases, a one year policy can cost what one might pay monthly up north for coverage. And reasonable deductibles, as well as endless options are available.

High quality healthcare in Puerto Vallarta is here to stay, as baby boomers age and continue to attract the best health practitioners to the area. That’s a major factor to add to the growing list of positive reasons to make a move to Puerto Vallarta for a great quality of life. On top of that, Rivera Cuale offers some of the finest and most convenient living conditions within the city and its great location encourages a healthful lifestyle.


Medications offered by Puerto Vallarta pharmacies

Amoxicillin prednisone
Cephalexin premarin
cialis fosamax
cipro ultram
lmitrex soma
loprerssor synthroid
penicillin Tagamet
phentermine  viagra
prilosec  zantac


There are several modern Puerto Vallarta hospitals and health care facilities, so finding a good one will never be a problem. The most popular Puerto Vallarta hospitals for North American tourists were created by the joint effort of Mexican and American doctors for the care of American and Canadian travelers in Mexico. These modern Puerto Vallarta hospitals use the latest technology, have a mostly English-speaking staff, and accept health insurance issued in the United States.

Popular Puerto Vallarta Hospitals

All Doctors are US Board certified. The hospital is open 24 hours and offers emergency and urgent care. Amerimed Trauma Center offers U.S.-trained paramedic personnel in their ambulances. They also have air evacuation services to Guadalajara, Mexico and the United States.

Address Telephone
Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio #3970,
Col. Villa las Flores, Puerto Vallarta , Jal.
322 221-002

This Puerto Vallarta hospital is equivalent to a level one trauma center. Their emergency room and ICU are staffed 24 hours a day and use the latest equipment and technology. Hospital San Javier Marina is considered the best medical institution in the city.

Address Telephone
Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio 2760,
Zona Hotelera Norte, 48333,
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México.
322 226-1010

Another great Puerto Vallarta hospital is Hospital Cornerstone. This is a state-of-the-art level IV trauma center with CAT scan and MRI machines, cardiac services, dialysis and an international services department. Hospital Conerstone boasts a bi-lingual staff and accepts most U.S. and Canadian insurance.

Address Telephone
Av Los Tules 36, 48310 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico 322 226 3700