Community Health Care

According to Sperling's analysis, there are 60 physicians per 100,000 population in Santa Cruz County. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people. As well as, Santa Cruz County air quality is 79 vs the US average is 58. This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. Our water quality is 50 vs the US average is 55 and Superfund Index is 81 vs  the US average is 87. The average person in Santa Cruz County commutes 29 minutes one-way, which is longer than the US average of 26 minutes.

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The local hospital in Santa Cruz County is in Nogales. The Holy Cross Hospital is part of the Carondelet Health Network. A 25-bed critical access hospital, Holy Cross Hospital provides general medical/surgical services. Two additional network hospitals are located in the Tucson area. Including, the Santa Cruz Valley Region Hospital that is located in Green Valley.

Health Clinics

The Mariposa Community Health Clinic has locations in Patagonia, Nogales, Rio Rico, and Tubac. Two additional clinics are located in Nogales, the Nogales Medical Clinic is offered by private practice physicians, and urgent care is also available by Nextcare.


The two predominant pharmacies that service Santa Cruz County are Walgreens and Walmart and they are both centrally located in Nogales.

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There is also a multitude of dental services offered in Ambos Nogales. 


One of the many benefits of living near a border community is the wealth of economical prescription medications and dentists in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. More and more retirees are flocking south of the border and Canada for medical services. In most cases, the American dollar is accepted in the state of Sonora. However, the exchange rate will most likely be higher. If paying with American dollars the difference will be returned in pesos. There are several casa de cambios (currency exchange stores) near both ports of entries in Nogales, Arizona.

Regulations and Guidelines

According to Verywell Health, you are allowed to bring FDA-approved prescription medications back into the United States for your personal use, with stipulations. In general, you may bring no more than 50 dosage units without producing a prescription from an FDA-approved U.S. physician Below are additional details for importing prescription drugs and dentistry services in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Before you decided to make an appointment with a dentist in Mexico do your due diligence in vetting them out first.