Medical Tourism – Have You Considered it?
I have been lucky that I have been healthy and so have my kids. But I just received a quote for sedation and removal of my wisdom teeth from a dental surgeon in Canada and my out of pocket expense was USD450 after my insurance covered close to 80% off the cost. It makes me realize that travelling for medical procedures is something that makes sense for many people. A dental basic cleaning and x-rays is about CAD 250 (USD180) and that does not include anything other than leaving with clean teeth. My son had some fillings done recently which cost our insurance over CAD1000 (USD700) and us over CAD300 (USD 230) out of pocket.
While I was in Jordan easier this year with the kids, we took them to the doctor as they had been sick for over two weeks. The cost for a doctor visit JD10 (USD13). The cost for two prescription medications about USD3 total. In Canada, a doctor’s visit is probably USD100 (I don’t honestly know, we are lucky to have “free” healthcare – we can debate whether or not it is actually free in a different post). An ER visit for an uninsured person is CAD750 (USD600) just to SEE a doctor. That does not include any testing they may order.
A doctor’s visit in Hawaii was USD185 (I found that out the hard way on our last visit to Oahu with kids. Thankfully we always travel with insurance)
It makes it reasonable to consider travelling out of your home country for medical procedures if your home country is expensive like Canada.
Mexico is a popular option for many Americans, who travel there every year for medical, dental and cosmetic procedures. Recovering in paradise sounds nice, and can be easier on the wallet for sure!
Cosmetic procedures are also very popular in other parts of the world. For example, Hair Transplant UK is a popular option for those in Europe wishing to fix a receding hairline or that ominous bald spot.
Many travellers I know have had to have emergency care in other countries. Here are a few stories from other travel bloggers:
Overall, I hope that I never have to make this decision and am able to get quick care in Canada. But it is not the case for all, and it is definitely worth looking into your options if you need major dental surgery or other procedures that are not covered by insurance!
Have you ever travelled for a medical procedure? Or have you had medical care while travelling? I would love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments.
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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She is passionate about sharing her experiences of traveling with children on adventurous family holidays around the world! She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.