It’s often said that Americans don’t like to travel. But taking a trip abroad could save you money on health care.
Surgery, healthcare, dental treatment and medications are often cheaper in other countries – much cheaper. Consider that a hip replacement costs about $40,000 on average in the U.S. The same procedure costs only $7,780 in Spain. In fact, the Medical Tourism Association says that most patients save 90% of the cost by traveling abroad.
Need more reasons to consider your overseas options? Here are seven of them you may not have considered.
- Budget airlines with low fares make foreign travel more affordable
- Increasing foreign investment has built modern hospitals in many countries
- The internationalization of the medical workforce means that many doctors and nurses are trained in American medical schools before returning home
- Internationalization of medical accreditation makes it easier to compare hospitals
- The rise of hundreds of medical tourism agencies offering services to healthcare travellers make it easier to deal with the logistics and planning.
- Many of the facilities abroad won’t make you wait to schedule your surgery.
- It’s kind of like a vacation. Put a little time aside before your procedure to visit and experience the country. You may also be able to mingle a bit with the locals during your recovery.