We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

In cooperation with: Visit Mexico
Which Cozumel hotels are on sale?
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
See hotels
WI
Level Contributor
148 posts
40 reviews
Save Topic
Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

We leave in two weeks, and my husband has been feeling horrible for almost 2 months.....test after test isn't explaining his GI issues, and he is very worried about it. So far they think that he had a bad virus that caused some nerve problems with his system- no other things found. However, he feels so bad that he is very nervous about our vacation and wishes we could cancel. His main concern is that if things get worse, he doesn't want to end up in the hospital there- he is worried about he quality of the facilities, doctors, Blood supplies if he needed surgery, etc.

I think if he has better info on the medical facilities there he could just let that worry go and hopefully let the wonderful food, snorkeling, friendly people of Coz help heal whatever is going on :-)

Do any of you have any advice or opinions about he quality/safety of the medical facilities there? I thank you so much in advance. This has been the most stressful trip to get ready for, due to this situation.

Liverpool, New York
Level Contributor
1,017 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

I know a regular poster on this forum had cause to check out the Cozumel medical facilities not long ago, and I read a post of hers on another site that praised the island medical facilities and staff to the skies, with good reason.

I am sure many of the other island residents who post here will also testify to the quality of the medical services provided.

It sounds like your husband really does need this holiday. I hope you can put his mind at rest.

Maria

Texas
Level Contributor
5,812 posts
62 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

Use the search box above and enter botox. There is a post from Feb. 27th where 2 or 3 people tell about the wonderful medical care that they rec'd....(which wasn't botox).

Edited: 7:21 pm, March 06, 2013
okc
Level Contributor
1,993 posts
50 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

I met Dr. Pascual Piccolo in sept. when i had to go into the chamber. He is a really good doctor and treats everything from earaches to flu to food poisoning. He is at the MEDITUR clinic in san miguel, I took a freind to see him last week for flu like symptoms- we met him at his home office and after a checkup she got some much needed antibiotics ( and alot cheaper)' , I beleive MEDITUR clinic has a FB page.

I also had to stay the night in the hospital next to the chamber. It was cleaner than any hospital i had been at in the US . Dr. piccolo's wife heidi is american and deals with all the ins. companies in the US and she is GREAT!

Edited: 7:56 pm, March 06, 2013
WI
Level Contributor
148 posts
40 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

Thank you, I feel better- and so does my husband after sharing this with him. I appreciate your time!

WI
Level Contributor
148 posts
40 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

And the post about Botox was very enlightening. Glad I read it!

southern ontario
Level Contributor
904 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

I hope it's nothing serious. Are you concerned at all about insurance coverage in case something does go wrong? I would just worry that the insurance company may call it a pre-existing condition and refuse to pay for treatment. Sorry to be a "downer" but worried you might have problems besides the level of care available in Cozumel.

Colo Spgs
Destination Expert
for Cozumel
Level Contributor
27,724 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

I am not a doctor but to echo susie's concern, should you even travel?

Hancock, New...
Level Contributor
2,190 posts
118 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

I am a physician, and members of my family have needed to access emergency medical services on the island at various times. I've been pleased with the care they've had, and I don't have any qualms about the quality of medical services on the island. In my residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch there were a number of residents who'd attended medical schools in Mexico and my practice partner here in NH did as well. Mexican doctors get good training.

Saint Louis...
Level Contributor
3,195 posts
16 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

Heres another vote for rescheduling your trip, but thats just my .02.

LAST thing I'd want to do is worry about medical care when I'm far from home, whether there are good reviews or not.

cozumel
Level Contributor
1,157 posts
Save Reply
10. Re: Info/ Advice needed on Cozumel Hospitals and Doctors

Dr Garcia is a gastro specialist (my guess THE gastro) on the island. He is a real doctor and might be a better diagnostician than what your husband has received in the States. I'd suggest bringing copies of all the medical records and test results. I am not pleased with the growing trend of using U.S. medical code billing which raises prices for those without insurance, but enables patient reimbursements or outright acceptance of those with health insurance coverage. You may have to pay for services, but costs will be substantially less than what could be expected in the States.

Since it has been an ongoing problem without relief, it might be a wise investment in a second opinion. Dr Garcia does speak English, I'd rate him competent as well as compassionate as a physician. I'd sooner put my life in his hands than many options available in the States.

One limitation is with regard to blood supplies. The blood bank is in Cancun and is stingy with supplies. There is an attempt to organize a list of qualified donors on the island as besides paying for any needed units of blood, you are expected to make replacement donations in advance. In part from the strict requirements for donors, limited hours of collection, it is not easy for Mexico to maintain an abundant supply of blood. The blood is safe, but hopefully he does not have a rare type.