Preview: When Americans Head to Mexico to Avoid Healthcare Costs

BY Talea Miller  December 28, 2009 at 1:55 PM EST

Among the sidebars in the debate over health care reform is the trend of U.S. citizens without health insurance or comprehensive coverage making their way south of the border to Mexico, where major surgeries are often performed for a fraction of the price.

Tonight on the NewsHour, Ray Suarez reports on the trend from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

In his exploration of American experiences with Mexico’s health system, Suarez also looks at the population that has relocated permanently to Mexico and must wrangle between their U.S. health insurance and the Mexican social security system. Compare the U.S. and Mexican health systems here.