New Medical Travel Guide

Comprehensive evaluation, recommendations can be a lifesaver in Mexico

By: Lisa Jennings

Two Arizona physicians a father and son team have published a comprehensive guide to safe travel in Mexico.

The Mexico Health & Safety Travel Guide, scheduled to be available nationally this month, was written by Dr. Robert Page and Dr. Curtis Page, who operate a bilingual family practice in Tempe.

The book offers valuable information for non-Spanish speaking travelers, including advice on how to prepare for a trip, recommended medicines to have on hand, medical translation, and when to call a doctor for an illness or injury. There are also chapters on crime, safety and security, drug penalties and prescription information, as well as embassy and consular information.

But perhaps most important, the 480-page guide offers a list of 200 English speaking physicians and credentialed hospitals in 40 popular vacation spots in Mexico. The authors met and pre-screened the physicians featured, noting that many have interned or completed residencies in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The majority of those listed are board-certified or the equivalent.

None of the doctors or hospitals paid to be included in the guide.

Estimating that about 50 percent of Mexico travelers fall ill or have accidents, Robert Page said he got the idea in Puerto Vallarta, when he came upon a serious accident involving a college student from California who was on vacation there.

“We stepped in to help because we spoke Spanish and had the necessary medical skills,” he said. “It was evident to us after this experience that there was very little infrastructure to aid foreigners in a time of emergency.

“It was obvious at the scene and at the hospital how difficult it would have been to get expert medical care without knowing the local doctors and hospitals,” Page added. “Not speaking the language is only part of the problem. It’s also not knowing how to find the best physician and best hospitals in a crisis.”

The Pages have also created a publishing firm called MedToGo LLC, and they plan to publish other regional and country guides.

The Mexico Health & Safety Guide is priced at $19.95 and can be found in bookstores, libraries and at or