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Tijuana Aims to Incrase Medical Tourism

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Aired 4/19/09

Economic development officials in Tijuana are trying to grow the city's medical tourism business. They'll meet with health care and tourism officials in Tijuana Friday to discuss how to boost revenue. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

About 90-percent of people who go to Tijuana for medical services are from California. Flavio Olivieri helps direct the city's new health consortium. He says including pharmacy sales, the medical industry provides about three-point-five billion dollars in revenue for Tijuana.

Olivieri: And with better infrastructure, we will be able to increase the number of people who come to visit Tijuana. We could at least double what is being offered at this point and that could be in the short medium term, five years or so.

Olivieri says the health consortium will look at providing transportation with police protection that can cross the border more quickly through expedited lanes.

He says they'll also publish a web site in the next six months that lists medical providers in Tijuana and their state board certifications.

Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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Sandy | March 26, 2012 at 6:52 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Dr. Daniel Cerrillo Lara, Doctor Daniel Lara Cerrillo,Medical Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Negligencia Medica Tijuana. I took my child to Tijuana to have orthodontic treatment. Dr. Daniel Cerrillo Lara of Tijuana Reg. I.M.S.S. A08-79850-10-3 address 10489 - 306 German Gedovius Zona Rio CP 22320 destroyed my childs teeth. My child lost 8 teeth to this man and now needs implants to replace teeth. 16 teeth were damaged with root absorption from orthodontic treatment. Front Teeth 7,8,9 and 10 need implants for replacement. I dont recommend anyone take there child to this orthodontic dentist in Tijuana. It was not worth the cost to my family. There is no medical malpractice insurance for doctors. There is no way to find out complaints against doctors. There are over 1800 complaints of Medical Negligence as of 2011 mostly against the dental community. Tijuana's Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado de Baja California ( PGJE) needs to investigate and get rid of bad doctors. That would reduce the cases of medical negligence in Tijuana and make a safer community of honest Dental Practices. There is no transparency and it is a great risk as my family found out. Americans are safer getting work done in America, at least you know you have options if Medical Negligence is ever involved..

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Sandy | March 28, 2012 at 10:53 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

NEGLIGENCIA MEDICA TIJUANA, DR. DANIEL CERILLO LARA, AVERRIGUACION PRO EL DELITO DE RESONSABIILIDAD MEDICA Y TECNICA, MEDICAL MALPRACTICE, DOCTOR DANIEL LARA CERRILLO,
Mi hijo fue dañado por un ortodoncista en Tijuana doctor Daniel Cerrillo Lara Reg. IMSS A08-79850-10-3 alemán Gedovius No.10489-306 Zona Río Tijuana .. Me tomó dos de mis hijos a este médico en el año 2005-2011 para el tratamiento de ortodoncia. Mis hijos tenían 15 años y mayores de 13 años al comienzo del tratamiento. Él dejó a mi hija con daños permanentes en los dientes superiores 6-11 Y 22-27 daño a los dientes de los dientes inferiores. Todos estos dientes están cayendo 7,8,9,10. Ahora mi hijo necesita implantes para sustituir los dientes. Me informó que el doctor PGJE en Feb.10-2012 y la oficina envió a nuestra familia a CAME. El médico se reunirán en esta oficina en Feb.24-2012 a las 11:00 horas para explicar su negligencia médica. Necesito ayuda para decirle a la comunidad de Tijuana acerca de este médico y su Negligencia Médica Grave

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