Why medical tourism works

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Why Medical Tourism works

Medical travelers who seek dental care outside their national borders have a single thought in mind: money. In the US, UK, and many European countries, dental care is expensive, especially if extensive reconstructive or cosmetic work is required. In the US, only the most rudimentary dental care is covered by health insurance plans, which is why more than 150 million Americans are without dental coverage.

As we age, our flesh outlives our teeth, often calling for extensive reconstructive or restorative procedures, that cost tens of thousands of dollars. Thus, cost savings is a real factor for a global population living 10-30 years longer than its parents. The traveling dental patient need not sacrifice quality to save money. Highly competent dentists who attended respected schools of dentistry and are certified by boards in Western countries often work "just across the border," providing excellent services for a fraction of the cost. For people who can easily cross a national boundary, the choice is a no brainer.

Dentistry also attracts what might be termed the "incidental traveler." Patients who take a vacation in a dental destination country may find that they can work some affordable dental care into their holiday plans. Business travelers whose work takes them overseas may arrange for dental care while on a business trip—saving on both oral treatment and travel costs.

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