Dr. Francisco Contreras, MD
Dr. Francisco Contreras serves as director, president, and chairman of the Oasis of Hope Hospital. A distinguished oncologist and surgeon, Contreras are renowned for combining conventional and alternative medical treatments with emotional and spiritual support to provide patients with the most positive treatment experience possible. Oasis of Hope was founded by Contreras’ father, Dr. Ernesto Contreras, Sr. in 1963, and since then the hospital has provided integrative cancer treatment for more than 100,000 patients.
As the director, Dr. Contreras continues the practice of his father’s two fundamental principles – do no harm and treat the patient like yourself. Today, Contreras oversees the treatment of 800 cancer patients annually. After graduating with honors from medical school at the Autonomous University of Mexico in Toluca, Contreras studied alternative therapy at the Oasis of Hope Hospital. He then completed his specialty in surgical oncology at the University of Vienna in Austria, where he also graduated with honors.
Contreras has authored and co-authored several books concerning integrative therapy, cancer, and heart disease prevention, and chronic illness, including “The Hope of Living Cancer Free,” “The Hope of Living Long and Well,” “Fighting Cancer 20 Different Ways” and “Dismantling Cancer.”
In addition to writing for numerous medical journals, Contreras has participated in medical conferences such as the World Conference on Breast Cancer and is active in the Cancer Control Society. He has been a part of governmental organizations, including the Georgia House of Representatives Health Policy Task Force and the Japanese Medical Association. He has also been on special assignment to Slovakia as a member of the Mexican Health Advisory Board.
A qualified entry-level professional motorcycle racer, Contreras says that racing is similar to performing surgery in that it requires 100 percent focus. Contreras and his wife, Rosa, have four daughters and one son. The family attends church in Bonita, Calif., and enjoys skiing and travel.
At Oasis Medical Institute, our facility and staff are more than just a hospital or clinic, we are a family of survivors, providers, and advocates on a mission of healing and empowerment for patients and their families who have impacted by Lyme Disease, cancer, environmental disease, and other chronic illnesses. As Lyme Disease and tick-borne illness is a complicated multi-systemic disease, we know that receiving treatment can be scary, to say the least, which is why the Oasis Family is committed to supporting and empowering you through every step of this journey to healing starting today.
Through active collaboration with ILADS and other associations, regional self-help groups, and patient organizations, the Oasis Medical Institute educates patients, providers, and medical organizations on living with chronic disease and how to adapt to a wellness lifestyle to promote longevity and regain your health. At Oasis, our philosophy is simple: We believe in a clinic and a natural approach to wellness based on the belief that good health is about much more than the absence of illness. We combined alternative treatments and advanced research-based medicine to empower our patients with the necessary tools to achieve maximum wellness.
Over the last 60 years, Oasis of Hope has been a pioneer in the treatment of cancer and chronic illness with alternative medical treatments not found anywhere else in the world. The Oasis medical team and Director Dr. Francisco Contreras, MD, has always been focused on patient outcomes; those outcomes have driven word-of-mouth referrals from past patients who have experienced the powerful, loving care Oasis of Hope provides. We want to share with you a brief glimpse at the amazing journey Oasis of Hope has experienced working with late-stage, complex cancer, and chronic Lyme disease complex cases.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The Oasis Medical Institute is located in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, just a 30 minute drive time from the San Diego international airport.
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We actually encourage you to bring a companion to be by your side during your healing journey at the Oasis Medical Institute. Bringing a companion is essential as he or she plays a crucial role in your treatment; he or she will provide indispensable moral and emotional support. For this reason, you can bring one companion free of charge. Meals for your companion are included, and he or she will stay in your private hospital room.
The Oasis Medical Institute is located outside the United States and considered an “international provider” and unfortunately cannot accept insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. However, you may be eligible for reimbursement from your insurance company if you have a private insurance policy with out of network coverage.
Typically, a private PPO insurance policy is ideal to have a chance at securing insurance reimbursements, but the results vary from policy to policy, and nothing is guaranteed based on a multitude of variables such as insurance carrier, level of coverage, out of network deductible, and others. If you have a private PPO insurance policy, that features “elective international coverage,” you may have a better chance of securing reimbursement.
To determine if you have the adequate level of coverage and benefits to potentially secure insurance reimbursements for treatments received at an Oasis of Hope, we recommend you sign up for a free case evaluation with Medical Bill Gurus, where they will sit down to review your policy and go over the process. Feel free to give them a call at 1-800-674-7836 or email email@example.com to sign up for a free case evaluation.
Oasis Medical Institute is a full-service hospital in Mexico with 60 patient rooms, on-site imaging, on-site operating rooms, and around the clock 24/7/365 medical supervision. All patients will be impatient and have a private room for them and his or her companion.
The Oasis Medical Institute provides door-to-door service from the San Diego Airport to Oasis Medical Institute at no charge for patients and their companions who have made admissions arrangements for treatment. Please advise your health advisor at the admissions department if the patient will be needing assistance other than wheelchair access.
At Oasis Medical Institute, we realize that not everyone has the financial means readily available for a long-term treatment plan. We want you to know that there is plenty of financial help for patients seeking treatment. You still have the option to choose the treatment that resonates with you.
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Medical Bill Gurus
Oasis Medical Institute is located outside the United States and considered an “international provider” and cannot accept insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. However, you may be eligible for reimbursement from your insurance company if you have a private insurance policy with out of network coverage. Typically, a private PPO insurance policy is ideal to have a chance at securing insurance reimbursements, but the results vary from policy to policy and nothing is guaranteed based on a multitude of variables such as insurance carrier, level of coverage, out of network deductible, and others. If you have a private PPO insurance policy, that features “elective international coverage,” you may have a better chance of securing reimbursement.
To determine if you have the adequate level of coverage and benefits to potentially secure insurance reimbursements for treatments received at Oasis Medical Institute, we recommend you sign up for a free case evaluation with Medical Bill Gurus, where they will sit down to review your policy and go over the process. Feel free to give them a call at 1-800-674-7836 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a free case evaluation.
The food you will find at Oasis Medical Institute is intended to provide complete nutrition and to maximize your chances of regaining your health and wellness. The menu choices are designed to aid with gut health and detox, as well as provide organic nutrients to help your body regain its strength. We provide food that is:
- Low in animal protein (Quasi-vegetarian)
- Low in fat
- Low in Glycemic Index
Menu Items at Oasis of Hope: Whole grains, variety of beans, organic fruits and vegetables, fruit juices, nuts, low-sodium soups, low-fat salads, minimal use of added salts or oils.
The Oasis Medical Institute treats on average between 45-60 patients each month from around the world. Patients seek treatment for some of the most complex diseases on medical record surrounding cancer, Lyme Disease, environmental disease, and other chronic illnesses.
In the region that the Oasis Medical Institute is located, tourism is very common and crime is low. Traveling across the border is easier than you may think. Like any other country, Mexico has its rough neighborhoods and issues. To date since 1955, Oasis of Hope and the Oasis Medical Institute have had no issues with patient safety in the surrounding areas.
The greatest testimony to the benefits and results of our treatment at Oasis Medical Institute comes from the inspiring stories told by actual patients and their families. Don’t take our word for it, please take a moment to watch these amazing stories and know that we are always ready and eager to make a difference in your life or the life of a loved one who may be dealing with tick-borne Illness.