Retired budget travel makes it necessary to have annual checkups overseas while we’re on the move, and so I had a gynecologist checkup in Mazatlan, Mexico. This is what it cost, and what it was like. And this information will hopefully help other women who need these potentially life-saving checks.
How I determined where to have a gynecologist checkup in Mazatlan
I joined a Facebook group for expats to seek out recommendations for a doctor. One of the recommendations was for Dr. Didilia Bejarano. She seemed like the right fit for me – especially since she spoke English. I also liked that she was a woman.
Dr. Bejarano is excellent. Her office is in Central Medica Quirurica, off of Avenida Ejercito – a main road that basically runs parallel to the water several blocks inland.
She runs her practice out of a private clinic, so it’s higher priced than going to a publicly-run facility. But, this still is affordable by American prices.
Dr. Bejarano’s office is modern, she is thoroughly professional, and one of her receptionists speaks good English. Her public Facebook page gives her excellent reviews, in addition to the original recommendation that led me her way.
The actual appointment: a gynecologist checkup in Mazatlan
When we met, Dr. Bejarano told me about her background. She moved to Mazatlan after her marriage. She studied in Monterrey. Next, she gave me a long interview on my history, including my surgical breast biopsy in another part of Mexico earlier that same year. Those biopsy results were benign.
She was not shy about asking forward questions about my sex life, which I respected. (Fertility is actually her specialty.)
After she had my history and current information, she performed a breast and gynecological exam in an adjacent room to her office with an assistant present. She immediately felt scar tissue, but no abnormal lumps. She recommended a breast sonogram, and she said those results would determine if another mammogram was needed in the same calendar year as my last one just six months prior.
After the physical exams, we went back into her office. She said everything looked and felt fine. Pap test results would take about 10 days, and she said her office would email the results. She wrote a referral for a breast sonogram, so I would be able to quickly get an appointment in her clinic’s radiology department.
All of that for $46 USD, with no insurance.
I’d highly recommend Dr. Bejarano for any expat who wants a gynecologist checkup in Mazatlan by a female doctor who is fluent in English.
I then made an appointment for later that week to have my breast sonogram at ResoMaz, which is adjacent to the Dr. Bejarano’s clinic. That receptionist did not know English, but I knew enough Spanish to get by. This is where an expat needing checkups might have a problem.
Luckily for me, when I returned two days later for my appointment, there was another ResoMaz receptionist who spoke decent English.
Breast sonogram as a follow up exam
The radiologist who performed my breast sonograms spoke enough English to communicate the basics. He saw scar tissue from by surgical biopsy and a few cysts – entirely normal for a woman my age. He saw nothing that indicated a need for an immediate mammogram, but he recommended I don’t skip my annual x-ray, due in another three or four months. He also took the time to review my mammogram and sonogram reports from Puerto Escondido, which I’d been carrying on our travels.
This is another thing to consider when you’re a retired budget traveler. If you are going to get medical care overseas, you’re going to need to carry physical copies of tests and images, or at least have them accessible in the cloud.
He had me wait a few minutes in the lobby while he prepared my final report. He must have used Google translate, because it was in perfectly clear English.
All that for $35.
And: the images were given to me to boot – something that rarely happens in the States unless you specifically ask for it.
I highly recommend this facility for any expat who wants reasonably priced radiology services with a kind and friendly staff with basic English skills.
This is another example of how inexpensive and efficient medical care can be elsewhere in the world compared to the grossly overpriced, incredibly inefficient U.S. health care system.
I had a previous mammogram in Chetumal, Mexico. Read about that here.
Also, I had a mammogram, sonogram, and surgical breast biopsy in Puerto Escondido. Read about that here.
(Note, in June 2018, Ellen was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Those stories, of her diagnosis and treatment overseas, are here.)