There is not doubt that more and more people are finding it increasingly difficult to pay for medical, dental, and cosmetic surgery procedures, especially as the economy continues to show signs of slowing down. There are millions of Americans who either have no insurance or are under-insured, or their insurance deductible is so high they can’t afford the procedure despite having an insurance plan.
As the economy worsens, people are going to continue to fall into the no insurance or under-insured categories. In addition, many insurance companies will not pay for (what they consider) experimental or elective treatment.
Many novel or elective procedures such as metabolic surgery to reverse type 2 diabetes and most cosmetic surgeries fall into the experimental or elective treatment categories. This is very unfortunate since “90% of people who have type 2 diabetes can have it reversed through metabolic surgery,” according to the Type 2 Diabetes International website.
The idea of an insurance company not paying for a treatment which could reverse type 2 diabetes seems absurd since the insurance company would end up saving tons of money in the long-run. If the disease is reversed, then the usual complications that develop as the disease progresses will not occur, and this means that the insurance company will not have to pay for medication, insulin injections, etc.
Moreover, when you travel to a country like Costa Rica for a medical procedure, you can save 50% or more, depending on the procedure. For example, a full mouth restoration using all on 4 dental implants can cost upwards of $40,000 in the United States. In Costa Rica, you can even opt for an all on 6 or all on 8 full mouth restoration as an alternative to all on 4 dental implants, and the full price will still be under $25,000, which means a savings of over 38%.
Before you say that 38% is well under the 50% savings I stated, the price tag includes air fare, hotel accommodations, meals, transportation to and from the hospital (and to and from the airport), dental appointments, X-rays, nursing care at the hotel after the dental procedure, and much more, according to the Dental Travel International website.
According to the website, a full mouth restoration using the all on 6 or all on 8 dental implant alternatives to all on 4 dental implants costs $21,080 (Full mouth restoration with high nobel metal porcelain dental crowns.) In the United States, a similar procedure can run in excess of $60,000 (price in Atlanta, Georgia) when it is all said and done, which is a savings of over 57%.
There are great companies which will help you put together medical tourism packages to Costa Rica such as MedicalTourismCostaRica.org and MedicalToursCostaRica.com. If you are looking to save on health care, Costa Rica offers the treatment options and high quality facilities that you expect and demand.
If you are looking for high quality treatment and you are on a budget, then this is an option you definitely need to take a look at so you can make an informed decision on whether you should travel for healthcare services.