On Sunday, NBC Nightly News ran a video report on dental care in Los Algodones, Mexico, south of the border from Arizona, and west of Yuma.
According to the report, during the winter months, up to 7,000 Americans travel to Los Algodones for dental care.
Los Algodones, also known as “Molar City”, is the self-proclaimed dental capital of the world. While that sounds like hype, I can tell you from personal experience that it is not the only town on the border where one can find dozens of dental offices.
When I presented at the 5th Mexico Medical Tourism and Wellness Business Summit in 2014, I visited a town east of Reynosa called Nuevo Progresso where I saw some of the dental offices, along with some of the other attendees.
Here is the video from NBC.
And here are some pictures from Nuevo Progresso.
I took these pictures in a small medical center on the main street of Nuevo Progresso, just over the border from Texas. To the left of the picture on the left, is the bridge crossing the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo) into the US.
And the people I saw on the street were not Mexicans, they were Americans.
Still think medical travel is a stupid and ridiculous idea? Try telling it to the thousands who go across the border.