Statistical data indicates that approximately a million Americans travel abroad to get medical treatment. This trend has always been on the rise due to the affordable healthcare treatment costs abroad. Patients can expect to save around 50 – 60% of treatment costs when they seek treatment overseas. While patients are traveling overseas for healthcare treatments, it is also highly essential to ensure the safety of the treating physician and the medical facility. Patients need to do their own research about their overseas doctor and their facilities to ensure their own safety and peace of mind. Listed below are the most popular medical tourism treatments for which patients travel abroad:
Hip and knee replacements
A majority of people travel overseas for hip and knee replacements. Though the surgery is covered by health insurance, the process of getting the surgery approved by the insurance is slower. Moreover, patients can expect to save a lot on this procedure while traveling abroad to get it done.
Several people travel abroad for in vitro fertilization treatment. In vitro fertilization treatment costs approx. $15,000 per treatment and in most cases, a single treatment is not enough. Moreover, there are post treatment drug costs.
Angioplasties and mitral valve replacements
Per the American Heart Association in Dallas, an angioplasty in the U.S costs approximately $15,000. Mitral valve replacement costs are even higher. When you seek abroad for these treatments, you can expect to save at least half of the costs.
Dental crowns, caps and veneers
Patients in need of cosmetic dentistry (such as crowns and implants) fly abroad for reduced medical treatment costs abroad. Approx. estimated savings per tooth is around $500 – $1000. Moreover these procedures are said to have a great success rate.
Gastric bypass surgery
Weight loss surgery, which helps patients lose weight surgically, is one of the most sought after procedures for which patients are seeking treatment abroad. This surgery is very popular because U.S insurance does not cover this procedure.
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