Medical Tourism

While many people lament what is often called the sad state of affairs of the American healthcare system, others embrace a new form of tourism that is taking shape in its wake, providing medical treatment and vacations abroad in one, all-inclusive, journey.

Medical tourism is gaining popularity as health insurance coverage in the US disappears. More and more Americans of modest means are following the lead of Hollywood glitterati and ¸ber-rich socialites from America’s royal families by seeking medical treatment on foreign shores and returning home looking refreshed, relaxed, and more glamorous – but without the lightbulb-flashing frenzy of a paparazzi circus to greet them.

Advocates of medical tourism make it sound so attractive it’s almost tempting to drop medical insurance coverage, even if it’s available.

Dental work in Baltimore expected to cost $7,000? Medical tourism will get you the same work done by dentists trained at the same schools and using the same equipment and techniques as your Maryland dentist but for a fraction of the cost in the Bahamas.

Spend $3,500 for the Bahamian dentist and invest the rest in a recuperative stay at a luxury resort on the sugar-sand island beaches with first-class amenities and a world-class hospitality staff to pamper you back to health in princely style.

Need a hip replacement in Akron? Consider having it done in Accra instead. Visit the Taj Mahal, cruise the Ganges, get the feel of your new “walking legs” retracing the steps of Rudyard Kipling.

Your $200,000 heart-valve replacement done in the US will cost about $10,000 in the Philippines. You can get it done at your convenience, have money left over to put a kid through college, and probably live to see graduation, all for that same $200,000 price tag.

One in every 30 Argentineans reports some sort of cosmetic surgery. Get your eyes lifted, your lips plumped, and your body resculpted there and you can dance your way through recovery doing the tango, the salsa, and the cha-cha-cha!

Students wanting to be doctors and nurses come from around the world to obtain a solid medical education. Many of them return to their homelands and set up shop using the same equipment bought from the same companies as their American counterparts.

Pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment suppliers work the world over. Often the only difference between stateside surgery and that done the medical tourism way is cost, service, fun, and location, location, location.

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