An illustration of a couple looking at a wall of medical bills next to an operating room where doctors are waiting.
Illustration: Mark Wang

My Journey Through Tijuana for the Best Surgery $2,000 Can Buy

Orthopedic surgery would have bankrupted us in the United States. So we went to Mexico instead.

We pulled up to Hospital Angeles, which has a reputation among American tourists for being the best private hospital in the city. Valets greeted us in the parking lot.

Mexico’s health care system has a flourishing network of private doctors and hospitals, which is how the country takes care of an untold number of uninsured and underinsured Americans.

The doctor walked over to the stereo and turned up the volume. Dance music drowned out the sound of the surgical drill.

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