US 'Medical Tourists' Seek Care Abroad

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  1. nursetim

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    I went to a dentist in Tempe and they told me that it would be $17,000, and said it as causally as if I had it in my pocket. The dentist asked if I was sucking lemons as a serious question, yeah, a real charmer. So going to Nogales isn’t such a far fetched idea.
     
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  2. HalfHazzard

    HalfHazzard Trump Sucks

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    Dentists are a real racket - can be hard to find an honest one.

    Had one say I had erosion and needed 4 fillings. Went to another one a month later and no problems. Interesting...
     
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  3. nursetim

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    Oh, I’ve got problems alright, no doubt aboot it. Still, who carries 17K around?
     
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    HalfHazzard Trump Sucks

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    I'd used to say those dentists, but there's one on every corner and it costs $400K to become one so even he probably doesn't have 17K lying around... he would if you had 17K lying around though!
     
  5. PlayerOne

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    Ideally, I'd like to have my US salary and Europe's healthcare plan. I just don't want to pay for that plan...

    But yeah, everything medically related is insanely expensive over here. Fees on fees, on fees -- because your insurance company is supposed to negotiate which fees they'll pay and how much -- which is a stupid system.
     
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    When I was in Iraq, I went to Thailand for my mid-tour vacation. A fellow contractor recommended a dentist in Bangkok that she had gone to and said the work was excellent.
    Went to this dentist and he set up a schedule where I could have the work done and still travel and relax. There was some major work....root canals, bridges, extractions, etc. Total cost was around 5K.
    When I came back to the US I went to get a cleaning and asked the dentist here about the quality of the work. He said it was excellent and where did I have it done. Told him and asked him what it would cost here. He shook his head and said....no less than 35K.
    The dentist that I went to was trained in Germany and has many customers from the US and New Zealand. I would go back in a heartbeat if I needed additional work.
    https://www.dentaldepartures.com/de...MIh7q419Gc5QIVNCCtBh0q1Q5SEAAYASAAEgKBifD_BwE
     
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    Back in 2011 I was going to Matamoros for some dental work. I have friends that live in Brownsville TX and the dentist came highly recommended. The dentist was great guy, modern office etc. He was also a professor of dentistry in Monterey, Mexico. I hadn't got all the work done that I needed. Damn if he didn't get killed in a shoot out. He got caught in a crossfire between some cartel guys and Mexican Marines. RIP Dr Gonzales:angel:
     
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    'Ol Grandad Director of civil unrest

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    I know guys from the UK and from Canada who did this....came to the USA for healthcare. Why? because it took 18 months or longer to get their treatment in their respective state run healthcare systems. Yeah, and this is what our gov wants for us.

    And this is not all they want. they won't let up until we are like Fido on a leash, dependent on mother gov for food and shelter, and maybe air too. they want control...absolute control.
     
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    I wouldn't get treated for a hangnail anywhere in Mexico. I don't even like to eat or drink there but have no choice on my work trips.

    That being said, I've had a lot of dental work done in Costa Rica. Even though I tried to get a good Dentist in South FL, I burnt out on the third one after paying a $300+ "consultation" fees of X-rays, cleanings etc's. They all wanted $20K-$30K to fix my deteriorating teeth and seemed excited when they said that number.

    Found a Dentist in San Jose C.R. Great rep, had 2 crowns done as a test, they were flawless, ended up with a couple more crowns and 6 veneers to fix the front upper problems. The Dr. does a lot of cosmetic work for Latin Beauty pageant contestants and actresses. Nicest and cleanest dental office I've ever been with the absolute latest technology including CAD/CAM milling machines for quick turn around, like same day or next day. Try that with many US Dentists, of which many send their crown molds to Costa Rica to be made. Cost was 1/3 of US. Honest too. US Dentists said I had 6-8 cavities that needed repaired. I asked C.R. Doc about cavities, he said I didn't have any.

    Another co-worker was living there with small kids. A young daughter had accident, needed major brain surgery. It was done there, he said it was top level care.

    A friend's retired Dad had a heart attack while fishing on the west coast of Costa Rica, needed open heart surgery. His hometown Cardiologists conferred with the Liberia C.R. Dr's (smaller town on west coast) and said they had no issues from what they planned, all top level care. Surgery was done there. My friend has the means to pick up the phone and call an air ambulance and get the surgery done in the US. It was done there, all good.

    I wouldn't blink about getting surgery done in Costa Rica. It's 1st world care. Here is the USA? Your lucky if you can get 1st world medical care and treatment.

    In the US, it's a daily battle with any serious illness. Just dealt with this recently with my Mother and the constant BS.

    We buried her 4 weeks ago,
     
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    Well, damn dude, condolences for your loss.
     
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    I have had a few pretty important things medically come along. When it came to the care, heck, I got multiple opinions and looked at multiple options here.

    NFW I am going to be a medical tourist outside the country.
     
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    I've been getting dental work done in Thailand for the past decade and am currently having my second implant and crown done. I've had fillings, cleaning, root canal, extractions, crowns, orthodontics, periodontics and an implant done. Never had a problem with any of the procedures performed and cost has been around 1/3 of having it done in my home country.

    In fact I would still be quite happy with the standard of work performed even if the cost was the same.
     
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    Medical, particularly dental tourism is popular with a lot of Kiwis
    Thailand is popular for getting teeth and other cosmetic surgery done. You hear the occasional horror story but they're often from dentists or surgeons missing out on business at home.

    In the New Zealand public health system, if you wanted, for example, a sex change, you could be waiting 20 years. Because sex changes are not a high priority for public funding and there's only one surgeon doing them in the public system and no one to replace him when he retires.

    A person I know went to Thailand and had the full operation done. She would have waited 20 years here, unless she won Powerball on the lottery.
     
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    I have a work acquaintance who had a lot of root canals and crowns done in Bulgaria. They all went bad and had to be removed and redone.

    V.
     
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    So that’s a no for Bulgaria, check. ;)
     
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    My wife need hip replacement surgery. We will be doing it in Germany.
     
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    I had 2 root canals on the same tooth that went bad and had to have the tooth extracted.
    This was in Lake Oswego Oregon.
     
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    Tomcat1977 Unapologetic Deplorable.

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    I read something about a lot of these countries with their free health care and the health care is totally crap. That is unless your rich, of course. The biggest example is Canada. Its pure hell to get in to see any kind of specialist in Canada, the average wait is over 5 months. Nor is a good chunk of their health care "free" but employer paid just like in America. https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallyp...t-recovers-from-worst-year-ever/#594a41ee5e69
    So remember this when your Lib co-workers start going ga ga over the Canadian health care system. Its crap!
     
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    cheygriz God Bless Trump

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    I spent a year in England, and two years in Germany.

    After listening to the horror stories from my German and British friends, I wouldn't allow one of their doctors to treat my dog.

    Many of them spend their life savings coming to the U.S. for serious medical care. As one working class German told me, "better bankrupt than dead."
     
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