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View Poll Results: Medical Tourism to Save $10,000 on a Non-Critical but Necessary Proceedure?
No, I would never participate in Medical Tourism 2 13.33%
No, but I would consider being a Medical Tourist under different conditions. 0 0%
Yes, I would participate in Medical Tourism under those conditions. 13 86.67%
Undecided 0 0%
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:55 AM
Location: Bike to Surf!
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If you found yourself in a situation where you or a family member needed a significant non-emergency medical operation, would you consider going to another country to have it done if the cost were lower?

Assume that the condition is chronic, but non-life-threatening, like needing a knee replacement or major dental work.

Assume that even with whatever insurance you have, the proceedure will cost you $15,000 out-of-pocket in the United States for the proceedure + medication, while the total cost of the trip + lodging + food + proceedure + medication for you and one other person will be $5,000.

In such a case, would you consider participating in Medical Tourism?
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:48 AM
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For over 50 years, I've had relatives in NM that have had things done in Mexico for much much less than in the US. They've never had problems and have said that as time has gone, the number of quality docs and dentists just over the border catering to Americans has increased.
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:49 PM
Location: Big Island- Hawaii, AK, WA where the whales are!
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Friends in Hawaii just got back from Thailand for dental work. Saved themselves thousands. Good work too. I plan on doing it next year if I can wait. They also had a great time stayed for 10 days.
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:02 PM
Location: Maryland
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We absolutely would do it, most probably in Costa Rica (our snowbird location). CR has excellent medical and dental care available at much less cost than the US.
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:33 PM
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Yes, been there- done that twice already.

Many military and disabled veterans go south of the border to get healthcare...that should be done at VA's but they can't (for whatever reason) get done.
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:01 PM
Location: AmCit in Philippines
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I'd go to the Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok. I accompanied a friend there and was very impressed!
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:37 AM
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I had some neighbors before I returned to Atlanta who saved their dental work for Costa Rica. Their son was a manager at a resort so they would visit him and do dental in the same visit.
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:48 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
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I'm definitely considering Mexico for future health procedures.

Some health insurance companies even cover it.....

I am in relatively good health now but I am definitely putting aside money for a medical emergency and I would definitely consider Mexico for medical tourism.
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