How ambulances work in Cozumel

If you are in an accident or have some kind of medical emergency on Cozumel, call 911 or have someone call 911 for you. That emergency response number will dispatch an ambulance to your location. Most likely, other ambulances will hear the call and go to the scene as well.

The reason that can happen is that the ambulances are owned and operated by local, for-profit hospitals (plus the Mexican Red Cross) and they all want your business.

HOWEVER, you have the right to tell whichever ambulance you choose to take you directly to any hospital that you want them to take you to, regardless of which hospital operates the ambulance you use, because the city government requires them to take you whichever hospital you want. If you are a resident of Cozumel, this ambulance service is free of charge.  If you are a non-resident, ask the price first; each ambulance company has a different price for non-residents, ranging from 200usd to 2,000usd or more.


Cozumel Hospitals

There are several private hospitals in Cozumel that offer their services to tourists. All have English-speaking doctors and modern facilities. One or two accept US insurance as payment.

The hospitals available to tourists on the island are:

Medica San Miguel, on Calle 6 between Av 5 and Av 10, (987) 872-6194
Cozumel International Hospital, on Calle 5 between Av Melgar and Av 5, (987) 872 1430
Amerimed, on Calle Adolfo Rosado Salas between Av 85 and AV 85 bis, (987) 869-5555
CMC Costamed, Calle 1 sur, between Av 50 and Av 50 bis, (987) 872-9400
Cruz Roja, Av 20 between Salas and 1 sur, (987) 872-1058