We’ve been very impressed by the accessibility of the Mexican healthcare system for minor illnesses and infections. It takes less than 30 minutes to get checked out by a doctor, receive prescriptions, and buy your pills. And that includes the time it takes to walk back and forth from your hotel to the doctors office/pharmacy.
Basically, almost all pharmacies have a doctor’s office right next door. You just walk into the doctor’s office and pay 30 pesos ($2.40) for a consultation. (We’ve never waited more than 5 minutes to see the doctor.) After being checked out, you walk next door to the pharmacy with your prescription and buy your pills, which are also extremely cheap.
The total, out-of-pocket, medical cost for when I got a bacterial infection was around $16. I wish it was this fast and cheap in the US.