Like all of Mexico, routine checkups and surgeries are significantly cheaper in Manzanillo than in the United States and many other developed countries. While Mexican citizens have access to public hospitals paid for through their employment taxes, most expats choose less-crowded private hospitals and clinics.
Expats who have not reached retirement age often choose international or Mexican health insurance options. Retirees most often rely on their home country’s medical coverage. U.S. retired expats maintain their Medicare for major medical and some add a medical evacuation policy in case of emergencies. Since Medicare cannot be used in Mexico, routine checkups and medical assistance is inexpensive and usually paid out-of-pocket.
Another option is Centro Medico Puerta de Hierro Colima, a full-service facility an hour-and-a-half drive from Manzanillo in the state capital city of Colima. This hospital includes a 24-hour emergency room, intensive and intermediate therapy unit, a blood bank, a clinical lab and many more services.
If you hold a temporary or permanent resident visa in Mexico, you can enroll in IMSS (Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social) government healthcare program. For several hundred dollars a year, you will have access to IMSS hospitals located throughout Mexico. Manzanillo has three IMSS hospitals.
In Manzanillo, as in all of Mexico, the bill must be paid in full before leaving the hospital, and some hospitals require a deposit before treating you.
Manzanillo also has many dental services to choose from. Be sure to get a recommendation from someone who has recently sought service or has a trusted provider already.