By: Dr Alexandra Solano, MD
The buzz about the exorbitant costs of healthcare in the United States continuous to grow, but although the battle rages on, one thing is clear: No real change has been made to curb health-care expenditures and the day to day reality is forcing all of us to take the bull by the horns and look at high quality, affordable options abroad.
For people all over the United States, the key factors involved in going abroad for dental surgery involved cost, quality of surgeons, safety of the medical center and the safety of the chosen destination itself.
Being cost the number one issue, patients know they have options abroad that will generate saving of 60 to 70% over the cost of the same surgery here. But, nowadays the second biggest reason why patients may opt for a holiday dental treatment or holiday dentistry is the availability of highly qualified dentists abroad, and the quality of surgery comes bundled with advanced dental technologies that are normally very expensive in the United States.
This is the issue that Laura Haynes of Atlanta, GA was facing when she found out that she had to have four more dental implants. She had been battling a number of dental problems for years and this new diagnosis from her dental surgeon was the tip of the iceberg. The quote from her local dental surgeon came to $34,000 for the four implants with bone graft. Already retired and with a limited source of additional funds, Laura and her husband decided to look for real good options for her much needed implants. She talked to her dentist and to friends, conducted research on the internet and slowly came to the conclusion that there were options and that they could be really exciting ones. She called DiscoverMedWorld, a leading Medical Tourism company based in Atlanta, and found that the price for these four implants in Costa Rica would amount to $850 per implant and $2,000 for the Bone Grafts placed in atrophic jaws. Total cost of this operation would come to $5,400. A savings of $28,600 that surprised them. Even after adding traveling expenses- airfare and the cost of a reasonable hotel, the savings came at more than $25,000.
When she told her family and friends that she was planning on having her dental implants in Costa Rica people no longer frown. They also understood that Laura would like to have some privacy during and after the treatment, and what better way to achieve this than to fly overseas for the dental work?
Working closely with her Medical Tourism company, they arranged for the appropriate dental specialists to review her dental evaluation form and diagnostics. She decided to talk directly with the dental surgeon and address several questions she had about the surgery itself. Once this was completed, she was ready to discuss her accommodations and travel preferences. After adding zoom dental whitening and a crown, a more detailed quote was prepared for the expected cost of her entire travel and medical treatment abroad. Still a savings of $25,000 for the cost of the same surgery in the United States and with a vacation packed in the middle. The excitement was growing!
Laura also found out that getting her dental implants in Costa Rica had other perks aside from the element of privacy. She and Michael, her husband would have their much-needed vacation and experience a foreign culture. The excitement continued to grow as the days went by and the plans started taking shape. They decided that for the four days in which they would be waiting for her implants to be ready, they would take day trips to the Poas and Irazu volcanoes. On the third day, they were scheduled to visit one of the largest coffee plantations in the country.
Costa Rica has no doubt benefited from this form of medical tourism. In fact, in the United Kingdom, for instance, it is estimated that 7 million adults don’t have access to a dentist. This is a major reason why Britons are flying to other parts of the globe for a dental vacation or dental holiday.
Those who fly overseas for a holiday dental treatment or dental vacation usually maximize their savings and time off by having multiple procedures performed on them at once. If you consider going on a holiday dental treatment or dental treatment abroad, make sure you have sufficient preparation prior to the trip. Have your Medical Tourism company do a background check of the dentist and make prior arrangements if you are going to stay with a friend or relative, or, if you are staying at a hotel, it would be better if you choose a place that is near the dental clinic.
If you are unhappy with certain dental imperfections and at the same time feeling a bit stressed or bored with your daily routine, a holiday dental treatment or dental vacation that involves a change of scenery may just be what you need. The beauty of a holiday dental treatment is that you will come home feeling more relaxed and refreshed and with a gorgeous smile to boot!
About DiscoverMedWorld, and Atlanta, Georgia based Company
DiscoverMedWorld offers world-class surgical and medical care to international medical tourists looking for affordable overseas treatment with English speaking Surgeons, Dentists and Medical staff and a developed country. Surgery and medical tourism procedures are available for significantly less than what they would cost in most other first world countries, including the USA, Canada and Western Europe.
DiscoverMedWorld is fully adherent with the principles for surgery abroad as outlined in the American Medical Association’s ‘New AMA Guidelines on Medical Tourism’. We’re committed to ensuring the DiscoverMedWorld process is as smooth and stress-free as possible. Your personal International Patient Coordinator will organize all your medical travel, treatment and care, including: helping obtain a medical travel visa to visit Costa Rica, flights from your country to Costa Rica, airport pick-up and drop-off, consultation with the appropriate specialist, pre-operation accommodation, booking into a hospital for the operation, accommodation for post-operative medical care and recuperation, arrangements for aftercare while you are in Costa Rica, flights home from Costa Rica and travel insurance if required .