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You're sick on holiday in a foreign country. Don't panic. Much of the medical care offered in Cancun is on par with what you would receive at home; many of the doctors have trained in the United States. Most hotels in the Hotel Zone have English-speaking doctors on call and a few of the larger resorts have their own clinics. The concierge or someone at the front desk can help you make an appointment. Hospitals and clinics are located in downtown Cancun. 

The medical fees charged vary. Those catering strictly to tourists where the most English is spoken often have outlandish prices. Don’t assume because the fee is high and English is spoken that the medical care you receive will be better than at the smaller clinics. Some clinics and hospitals are businesses disguised as medical establishments. A good indication of their intentions is if they ask you for money upfront before seeing you or will not give you some kind of written quote for services. Mexico has a nationalized healthcare system and Cancun has both a nationally subsidized hospital and medical clinics. If you have no money or can’t afford the fees go to the nearest Central de Salud Clinic or the Social Security Hospital (ISSTE). Payment at these places will be nominal. 

Travel smart and get some kind of medical insurance particularly if you plan to parasail, Jet Ski, scuba dive, boogie board, or rent scooters. If you do have a medical emergency and don't have insurance, mention this immediately to the clinic as there are often discounts offered. But also be prepared to be asked for a credit card deposit immediately or be turned away, (see above). Once at the hospital or clinic contact your consulate immediately. They will send someone who can help translate and protect you from the unscrupulous characters that invariably show up during an emergency offering to be your friend and help. 

If you are taking any medication have your family doctor write out the generic name of your drug so you can find the Mexican equivalent - brand names are different down here. You will still need to visit a Mexican doctor who will write out a replacement prescription for you with the Spanish name. Have the generic name even if you buy your medication without a prescription as certain drugs sold over the counter in the States may be considered controlled substances in Mexico, sold only with a doctor's prescription. Prices for medication will be reasonable with some being cheaper than at home. Always check what the pharmacist has given you and the expiration date so there are no mistakes. 
Downtown  & City Clinics & Hospitals
Name Address Phone
Unidad Medico Quirurgica del Sur Av. Lopez Portillo, SM 59

(998) 886 76 36 or

(998) 886 93 31

American Hospital Viento 15 (998) 884-6133 
General Hospital Andador 5 SM 65 (998) 887-2695
Social Security Hospital (ISSTE) Av. Coba SM 32 (998) 884-1842
Total Assist Hospital Claveles 5 SM 22 Downtown (998) 884-1092
Medica Nader Av Nader 13 SM 2 (998) 887-4422
American Hospital Viento 15 Downtown (998) 884-6133
Red Cross Clinic Av. Lachlan, 2 SM 21 (998) 884-9480
Hotel Zone Clinics
Name Address Phone
American Medical Center 
(Ambulance Service Only)
Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 8.  (998) 83-0113 or
(998) 83-1001
Family Care  Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 4.  (998) 883-0918

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