Dental treatment, you ask? Why would I want to fly overseas to obtain dental treatment around the world? Well, medical tourism sounds like a perfect solution when you consider the increasingly rising costs of dental care and the fact that dental procedures are frequently not covered by medical insurance.
Case in point: recently, my own father suffered from a toothache during a visit to the U.S. Knowing that any dental treatments would not cover either private insurance or Medicare, he made an appointment with his family dentist to see what could be done. Dean Street Dental
The dentist decided that he wanted a root canal or, worst case scenario, an extraction, but that since the infection was too close to a nerve, he would not be able to perform the operation. There will be a need to find a dental surgeon.
My father met with the dental surgeon recommended by his dentist over the next several days, as well as with many others. For the extraction, they quoted a minimum cost of $850, more if a root canal procedure was chosen instead. None of the dental surgeons he met would even accept a reimbursement package that we agreed would not be covered by private insurance or Medicare to pay for the operation. They requested an initial charge. What a dilemma for a fixed income person!
Shocked by the astronomical prices quoted, my husband proposed that we fly my father back with us to Asia and allow him to obtain the dental care he needed at a fraction of the cost, while enjoying a pleasant visit to our home with our family. He realized that if he received treatment in our part of the world, the expenditures would only be a fraction of those quoted. To the rescue, medical tourism!
No wonder more and more people turn to medical tourism for their needs in the field of dental care! Medical tourism has solutions to many problems related to dental treatment.
Next, there is a considerably lower cost of treatments. Look at these comparisons: from $350 upwards, a tooth extraction in the US can cost anywhere, but it can cost as little as $30 in Thailand!