7 Reasons to Consider Medical Tourism

It’s often said that Americans don’t like to travel. But taking a trip abroad could save you money on health care.

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Faraway places with cosmopolitan medical centers make great medical tourism destinations

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.

  1. Budget airlines with low fares make foreign travel more affordable
  2. Increasing foreign investment has built modern hospitals in many countries
  3. The internationalization of the medical workforce means that many doctors and nurses are trained in American medical schools before returning home
  4. Internationalization of medical accreditation makes it easier to compare hospitals
  5. The rise of hundreds of medical tourism agencies offering services to healthcare travellers make it easier to deal with the logistics and planning.
  6. Many of the facilities abroad won’t make you wait to schedule your surgery.
  7. 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.