Medical tourism is a growing trend among Americans, Canadians, and Europeans who are looking for medical procedures that cost less money and can be scheduled right away. However, have you heard of dental tourism? Dental Tourism involves traveling to another location to seek affordable dental care, dental treatment, surgery or dental procedures, which are normally expensive in one’s own country. Flat world, disappearing borders, and the ease of travel today make dental tourism easily accessible and attractive from anywhere.
While the exact statistics on dental tourism aren’t available, it is estimated that over one million people from around the world travel to get dental treatment such as cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, crowns, and root canals abroad. There are a number of countries such as India, Thailand, Costa Rica, Hungary, Panama, South Africa, and Mexico that are marketing low cost, high quality dental services to medical tourists.
Dental tourism is rapidly growing in the United States due to the fact that over 108 million Americans and 25 million American children lack dental insurance. As children grow to be adults they may have a number of serious dental problems that need significant dental attention. Poor dental care can lead to serious health problems. The lack of dental insurance compels us to pay outrageously high dental bills from our pocket for even the simplest of procedures. To address cost, availability, and quality, dental tourism is gaining momentum as low cost, high quality alternative.
Even if you have medical or dental insurance and want a dental implant or any cosmetic dental procedure, you may find that your dental insurance at work does not cover high-priced dental implant or dental cosmetic services. If you look at the fine print, you will find that most employers offer dental insurance that only offers routine dental coverage as part of a package of health benefits.
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I’ve been to Los Algodones four times for dental work and wrote a 30-page journal of my first trip in 2006.
My dental insurance covered the work exactly the same way it would have covered the work if done here in Seattle.
If you’d like a copy of my journal, email me at my Yahoo account (SuzanneFromSeattle).
— Suzanne From Seattle
Dental tourism is working well as expected and there are many success stories of people who have tried their luck overseas for better treatments at affordable prices.