TIJUANA – A new “fast pass” medical lane has opened at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to benefit medical tourism, helping to reduce their wait times at the border returning from medical or dental appointments in Tijuana .
The new lane will serve as an incentive to encourage those living north of the border to consider Tijuana as an alternative to the expensive health care north of the border.
It’s also seen as a revenue-generating tool for the medical industry in Mexico, especially on the east side of Tijuana where the Otay Mesa Port of Entry is located.
“This will benefit and promote clinics, medical offices and hospitals located on Tijuana’s east side,” said Dr. Rodrigo Robledo Silva, director of Tijuana’s Medical Health Cluster.
Doctors, dentists, clinics and health care providers will issue their patients a QR code that will activate an automated system at the lane granting access.
“It’s not an impediment anymore having to wait in line when getting medical care,” said Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero. “There’s an economic benefit to not only medical providers, but they’re coming here to eat and to have fun too.”
The new fast pass border lane and its automated access system were designed and paid for by the Mexican Government.