According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Mexico’s healthcare system ranked sixty-first out of 190 countries it studied. By contrast, Canada ranked thirtieth and the United States thirty-seventh. Average spending on healthcare in the country is about US$1,062 per capita, which is less than the global average of US$1,273.

To better understand healthcare in Mexico, we spoke with a native son from Michoacán who moved to Chicago at the age of 2, graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Biology and Spanish, received his medical degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, practiced medicine in Chicago and then returned to Mexico to open his own medical practice along the shores of Lake Chapala in 2012.

Dr. Santiago Hernandez is a successful primary care doctor who attends to nearly 1,000 expat patients in his Chapala Med offices in Chapala and Guadalajara.

“I am the medical director and primary care physician and have a dedicated network of medical specialists in my referral network, “ Dr. Hernandez said. “Most of them are board certified in the United States. For example, the ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician was trained at Harvard and the neurosurgeon has had fellowships at the University of Washington.”