Mexico City Provides Health Insurance to Tourists


Mexico City’s Ministry of Tourism has announced a program that will provide its national and international visitors with medical aid and assistance in case of emergency. According to Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico City’s mayor, this is the first time that such an important service is offered in the world.

The medical assistance program, which actually launched in late July, is free and will be provided by MAPFRE, a private insurance company. The program works through a medical care and assistance card and includes different services such as medical assistance in case of infection with H1N1 virus or any other illness. Accidents are also covered with ambulance service and hospital accommodations. Drug prescriptions through authorized physicians and repatriation in case of illness are also included. There is no limit on the amount that is insured so visitors can get all the services they need during an emergency.