Enter, the New City Medical Plaza, currently under construction in Tijuana, this center will become the one-stop shop for all medical needs. This plaza is a three part facility, made up of the medical center, the hotel and a condominium all connected together and protected within a security gate. This plaza is not limited to having onsite facilities such as a spa, barber shop, bowling alley, movie theater, daycare center, and restaurant -- and that is what is just built already.
What is yet to come, is the medical center along with a directly connecting hotel which will have an commercial area underneath of shops and more restaurants. The medical center itself will have doctor’s offices ranging from different types of practices with a laboratory, so that nothing needs to be sent out of the medical center to finds results, which is faster for patients.
Representative for the New City Medical Plaza, Idiana Diaz says that the goal of the plaza is to attract the American dollar.
"We have, plastic surgeons, cardiologists, phycologists, dentists, fertility clinics, gynecologists we have an endless list of specialties we also have a surgical area for emergency surgeries. We already have more than 70% of the tower sold. The idea is to offer integral services for both general health and specialties. We plan on tending to patients from our region but our main goal is attract the U.S. Market. We have programmed a transportation services to and from the U. S., as there is people who do not want to cross the border in their vehicle due to the long lines to cross back into the U. S. Our transport service will provide transportation to and from the border to our medical facility."
Being the only of its kind near the border, the new city medical plaza is a revolutionary step towards taking advantage of the medical tourism Tijuana is already receiving from the United States.
The United States medical industry has been making top dollar on its consumers, who usually have no other choice but to spend the cash, but with the increase in medical tourism slowly rising each year, what will it take for the “doctor’s cartel” to end its reign and focus on their original purpose, helping the people who need it? Dr. Varner explains that he would rather get back to the business of helping people than go through insurance companies.
“To be honest i feel bad about my medical practice here in the united states it's not that i feel I do a bad job for my patients, no i feel like i do a very good job for my patients but i am working in such a dysfunctional system that is exploiting people and giving my consent to it, even though I make a lot of money i would rather have a direct financial relationship with my patients.”