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Medical Tourism in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are a three-island chain in the Caribbean known for sandy beaches and tropical climate. In recent years, , a medical facility that opened in 2014, has been drawing attention for its quality healthcare with excellent results and prices that are significantly lower than comparable facilities in the US.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  9/29/2017 12:48 PM | Last Modified: September 29, 2017 --

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What you don't know about colonoscopies and digestive health.

Colon cancer is the second most deadly cancer with a reported 55,000 deaths per year in the US. When caught in the earlier stages, colon cancer is treatable and can be cured. Symptoms include changes in bowl habits, constipation, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding, although colon cancer often does not show any symptoms. For this reason, it is recommended to receive regular colonoscopies after age 55.

Category: Oncology Medical  9/19/2017 12:40 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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What Is a Pre-Existing Condition?

Health care coverage may change soon with the type of coverage available and the cost of premiums being heavily influenced by pre-existing conditions. Pre-existing conditions are any health condition or conditions that have been diagnosed by a doctor before a health care plan goes into effect. Depending on the plan, a condition as small as a cold can be considered pre-existing, all the way up to cancer, diabetes, and other serious conditions.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  9/18/2017 2:47 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Stem Cell Therapy to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system and will cause a disruption between the transfer of information from the brain to the body. The cause of MS is currently unknown, but it is speculated to be triggered by environmental factors that some people are genetically more susceptible to.

Category: Stem Cell Therapy  9/15/2017 9:21 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How Safe is Traveling Outside the US for Healthcare?

Leaving the country can be a frightening adventure, especially if you’re traveling somewhere new, where you may not know anyone for a 1000-mile radius. Even more daunting is traveling to a distant place to have a medical procedure or surgery. It’s important to know that you will be safe and cared for in a vulnerable state.

So just how safe is medical tourism?

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 2:37 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Reduce the Risk of Self-Funded Benefit Plans

With the cost of healthcare rising, looking outside the US for healthcare is a cost-effective option. Hip replacement surgery in the US can cost over $80,000. Through SkyMedicus, the same procedure can be done in another country for under $20,000. Medication in the US can also be very expensive. The same Hep-C medication that costs $84,000 for a 12-week treatment can be discounted by 80% elsewhere. The cost savings provided by SkyMedicus can reduce the risk of offering self-funded benefit plans.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 2:34 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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The Wellex Spinal Procedure vs. Spinal Fusion Therapy

In Tijuana, Mexico, orthopedic surgeons have developed a new spinal procedure that is safer and more effective than traditional options. The Wellex spinal procedure allows a small implant to be inserted between two vertebrae and can be expanded to reduce pressure on nerves in the spinal cord. The implant is able to move with the back and preserve the natural mobility of the spine. If the implant needs to be removed for any reason, doing so is simple and will not cause any damage.

Category: Orthopedic  7/27/2017 2:17 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How to Find a Reliable Stem Cell Therapy

Choosing the right stem cell therapy is a big task when there is not as much reliable information on the kinds of therapies available. First, it is important to understand what stem cells are. Stem cells essentially are blank cells that can be used to heal, repair, and replace damaged cells in the body through their natural properties. This type of treatment differs from drug treatments in that components of the patient's body are being used as treatment instead of drugs, which have their own risks. Stem cells exist in the human body and can be extracted from bone marrow or, more commonly, fat. When taken from fat deposits, the stem cells are called 'adipose.' These cells are taken out of the body in a process similar to liposuction, spun to separate the different components, and then the adipose cells are reintroduced to the body.

Category: Stem Cell Therapy  7/27/2017 2:13 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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After Chemo, After Surgery, What Are My Options for Cancer Treatment?

Traditional oncology, which includes chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, are the go-to responses for treating most types of cancer. While these forms of treatment increase chances of survival and completely removing the cancer cells, success is never guaranteed. Surgery is typically the first recommended treatment option in the early stages, but surgery cannot guarantee that cancer will not return. With chemotherapy, treatment is sometimes ineffective and is accompanied by side effects, such as fatigue lasting several days at a time, discomfort, nausea, hair-loss, and insomnia. These treatments can also be very expensive, making them unavailable for many.

Category: Oncology Medical  7/27/2017 2:07 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Making Room for Empathy in Medical Tourism

When traveling abroad for healthcare, doctors must do everything they can to assure the patients that they will be taken good care of, since traveling for treatment is a new and potentially scary experience.

As such, medical tourism can be a new experience for those who make the choice to travel for their healthcare needs. Knowing how to interact with locals in a foreign culture is not innate, and it is further complicated in the context of healthcare. Different values, views on the world, and perspectives on what it means to be healthy can influence patient-doctor interaction. For this reason, empathy is a crucial skill for healthcare providers working in medical tourism to have.

Category: Other Procedures  7/27/2017 2:03 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Hepatitis-C Treatment in Egypt

It is estimated that 55-85% of the world’s population will contract the Hepatitis-C virus in their lifetime. 130-150 million people in the world are believed to be infected today, however many are unaware that they are infected. The infection spreads when blood contaminated with the virus enters the bloodstream of an uninfected person. An untreated infection could lead to fibrosis, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and liver failure, among other complications. While 30% of infections are cleared through the body’s immune system within 6 months with no treatment, the Hep-C virus has a high variation and different genetic variations can be resistant to both the immune system and types of medication.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 1:55 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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European Parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans

As other countries' economies are struggling, such as the European Union (EU) due to the recent breakdown in alliances, currency worth is being affected and causing new economic pressure on the (EU) commission. 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 1:51 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Everything You Need to Know About the FDA Approval Process

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for assuring consumers that drugs and treatment offered in the US are quality, safe, and effective. The process can take up to ten years, so a drug can be clinically proven to be safe and effective years before the FDA approves the treatment for sale in the US.

The testing process, which is conducted by the drug company that developed the treatment, starts with tests to show that the drugs in the treatment are safe and effective in animals. FDA approval is necessary of these test results for the drug to move to human trials.

Category: Other Procedures  7/27/2017 1:47 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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China’s New Trend in Healthcare – Medical Tourism

The Chinese economy is growing at a steady pace and that has caused some cultural changes with the Chinese people. One of which being a growing trend to travel within and outside of China for healthcare. In 2015, almost half a million Chinese people traveled to receive healthcare. These travelers, whose destinations ranged from Hong Kong to Korea to the US to Switzerland, spent 6.3 billion on their healthcare and another 3.4 billion on expenses, like travel costs and hospitality. And these numbers are expected to continue growing.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 1:45 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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The Growing Popularity of India as a Medical Tourism Destination

According to a recent article, India is becoming a first-class destination for medical tourism. The Indian government is setting up the country’s Medical Tourism and Wellness policies to encourage people from all over the world to seek out healthcare in India.

The first policy entails hospitals and medical facilities registering with the Ministry of Health and listing their prices for both healthcare procedures and packages (and what the packages include). The goal is to encourage hospitals to offer procedures at competitive prices with the intent of drawing more international patients to the country and boosting tourism revenue. Already, we are seeing that this is leading to quality care found in India starting at a tenth of the price compared to the same procedures in the US.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 1:41 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Combating Childhood Neurological Disorders in Puerto Rico

With six out of every 1000 children being born with autism, two out of every 1000 being born with cerebral palsy, and 11% of 4-11 year-olds being diagnosed with ADHD, doctors across the globe have been working to treat different pediatric neurological disorders—and none have been more successful Dr. Carmen Báez Francecshi.

Category: Other Procedures  7/27/2017 12:11 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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The Top 3 Dental Tourism Destinations Around the World

Are you thinking of heading abroad to take advantage of dental tourism? If so, then you’re in good company!  As noted by Health.com, an estimated 400,000 Americans take advantage of dental treatment abroad each year.

And considering that the costs of dental care are skyrocketing in the U.S., and that more than 100 million people are without dental insurance, the number of people heading abroad for everything for everything from dental implants and crowns, to laser surgery and total smile makeovers, is only going to increase in the years to come.

Category: Dental  7/27/2017 12:08 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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The Best Places to Get Hip Replacement Surgery Abroad

Has your doctor advised you to get hip replacement surgery – or do you suspect that it’s going to be a discussion point sooner rather than later? If so, then be assured that you are NOT alone!

As reported by WebMD, osteoarthritis on the rise – and that means that the number of hip replacement surgeries is also increasing. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) further notes that it is not just senior citizens who are driving this trend. While hip replacement surgeries for people aged 75 and older increased 92 percent between 2000-2010, it increased a staggering 205 percent for people aged 45-54.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 12:04 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Top Dental Tourism Statistics for Dental Procedures Abroad

Across the country, an increasing number of people are booking dental procedures abroad in order to save anywhere from a few thousand, to tens of thousands of dollars. Indeed, Patients Beyond Borders notes that “typical costs of dental procedures [abroad] are around 60% less than those found in industrialized nations. In some cases—such as restorative dentistry--the savings may be as high as 85%.”
What’s more, a typical dental insurance plan only covers 100 percent of the cost for routine cleanings and check-ups. For other treatments and procedures, the co-pay obligation is 50 percent or higher. And on top of this, most dental policies limit coverage to $1,500 a year. Considering that a single dental implant in the U.S. can cost around $5,000, it is easy to understand why both insured and uninsured people are taking advantage of dental treatment abroad.

  7/27/2017 12:00 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How After-Care Should Work for Your Surgery Abroad

When planning for safe and successful surgery abroad, obviously you need to focus on aspects such as choosing a qualified surgeon, and covering all of the logistical details (e.g. how you’ll reach your destination, where you’ll stay, etc).

However, there is another critical aspect that must be part of your overall plan: after-care.

Generally, here is a look at how after-care should work for your surgery abroad:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 11:59 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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What to Expect From Your Medical Travel Coordinators Once You're Home

While you may know that a professional, reputable and client-focused medical travel coordinator can help plan all of the logistics of your trip – which includes everything from ground transportation, to ensuring that you have access to 24/7 nursing care from your hotel, to paying the hospital bill in your behalf, and the list goes on – you may not be aware that their commitment to you doesn’t end when you safely arrive back home. 

On the contrary, you can expect continued support and assistance in four key areas:

  1. Provided that your medical travel coordinator is equipped with a HIPAA-certified web-based communication portal, upon returning you can securely and conveniently use this tool to communicate with your surgeon abroad on a number of topics related to your recovery.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 11:56 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Can You Get Insurance Reimbursements After a Dental Tourism Procedure?

As you may know, dental care in the U.S. is surprisingly and in some cases shockingly expensive. Even a single dental implant can cost around $5,000, and a more comprehensive smile makeover can exceed $50,000. That’s the bad news. The good news, is that you may be able to have some or even all of your treatment costs covered by insurance if you take advantage of dental tourism.

What is Dental Tourism?

Simply put, dental tourism is when instead getting treatment at a local dental practice, you hop a flight and have it take care of in Costa Rica, Mexico, or dozens of other popular destinations around the world.   

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 11:28 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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The True Cost Savings of Getting Dental Implants Abroad

Here at SkyMedicus, we have the privilege of speaking with people across the country from all walks of life – from busy executives to even busier stay-at-home moms and dads -- in order to help them understand the ins and outs of getting dental implants abroad.

And while every conversation is unique – because every person is unique – there’s often an interesting little “pause” when we confirm that the cost savings of getting dental implants abroad are indeed dramatic, and there are no hidden fees or extra costs. For example, whereas a dental implant in the U.S. can cost around $5,000 (and sometimes much more in certain parts of the country), having the treatment performed in any number of other countries – such as Mexico or Costa Rica, just to name a couple – typically costs less than $500. And considering that many people need more than one dental implant, the savings can be enormous.

Category: Dental  7/26/2017 3:26 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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5 Questions to Ask a Medical Tourism Company BEFORE Booking Your Hip Replacement Surgery Abroad

It goes without saying that long before you even consider hip replacement surgery abroad, you’ll have a series of conversations with your doctor (and possibly other medical specialists as well), along with your family and peers. After all, while hip replacement surgery is quite common, it’s nevertheless a decision that must be made only after careful consideration of risks and other factors – regardless of where the surgery is performed.

However, there is another key conversation(s) that you must before deciding on medical tourism – this time, with a potential medical tourism company. To help you get the insights and information you need, here are 5 questions to ask:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 3:23 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How to Get Your Active Lifestyle Back with Hip Replacement Overseas

As noted by WebMD, osteoarthritis is becoming more common – which is leading to an increasing number of people needing hip replacement surgery. And it’s not just senior citizens who are driving this trend. According to statistics complied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while the number of hip replacement surgeries for people aged 75 and older increased 92 percent between 2000-2010, it skyrocketed a whopping 205 percent for people aged 45-54.

However, as these people are discovering to their dismay and alarm, the cost of hip replacement surgery has also dramatically increased in recent years. As noted by Men’s Journal: “The average cost of a hip replacement, among the most common surgeries for active people under the age of 65, in the U.S. has nearly doubled in the past decade, rising from an average of $35,000 in 2001 to about $65,000.”

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 3:17 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Where are the Best Places to Get Dental Implants Abroad?

As reported by FOX News, a growing number of Americans are hopping a flight in order to save anywhere from a few thousand – to tens of thousands – of dollars on dental care.

Indeed, the organization Patients Without Borders pegs the number of US dental tourists at around 400,000 per year. And when dental tourists from other countries are added to the mix – such as those from the UK, Australia, Canada and many parts of Western Europe – the number runs well in the millions. In fact, it may come as a surprise to learn that in terms of the number of patients served and treatments performed, dental tourism is actually more popular than medical tourism!

Category: Dental  7/26/2017 3:10 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How SkyMedicus Helps with Medical Tourism Logistics

Here at SkyMedicus, we have the honor and privilege of helping people across the U.S. take advantage of medical tourism, and ultimately get the quality treatment and care they need at a price that makes sense – rather than sends them spiraling into debt. Indeed, as Investopedia chillingly points out:

"When it comes to serious debt, medical expenses are often the culprit for putting many people deep in the red. A survey by the Commonwealth Fund found that one out of five adults is paying off debt from medical bills. Making matters worse, higher medical expenses and reduced insurance coverage have forced families to dip into household savings or take on additional credit card debt."

And CNBC.com reports that medical debt is now the number one cause of bankruptcies in the country, with 56 million adults struggling to cover healthcare related bills.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 3:06 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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What Happens if You Have Surgical Complications as a Medical Tourist?

While surgery or post-surgery related complications aren’t the norm, they can and do happen – and not just abroad. It’s definitely an issue here in the U.S. too. For example, research by Propublica.org analyzed surgeries across the country from 2009 through 2013, and discovered during that time 63,173 patients experienced complications involving 16,827 surgeons operating at 3,575 hospitals.

Naturally, your #1 objective as a medical tourist is to have a successful experience, and to enjoy a safe and speedy recovery. With this in mind, before looking at what happens if you have surgical complications, here are proactive steps you can take to lower your risk:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:56 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Where Are the Best Locations for Weight Loss Surgery Abroad?

It’s well established that the U.S. – along with many other countries around the world – is experiencing an obesity epidemic.

In fact, WebMD – which is certainly not prone to exaggeration or hyperbole – has described the problem as astronomical, and added that: “while obesity may not be the Black Death, it is a severe public health crisis. Experts agree that as more and more obese children become obese adults, the diseases associated with obesity, such as heart disease, cancer, and especially diabetes will surge. That will mean a lot of sick people.”

Category: Bariatric  7/26/2017 2:50 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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"What Should I Ask My Doctor About Traveling for Medical Care?"

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises all people to see a doctor before traveling, so that they can get up-to-date on any required vaccinations, refill prescriptions as required, and get a “clean bill of health” before they head abroad.

However, people who plan on traveling for medical care – and not just for a vacation, to visit relatives, or for a business trip – aren’t just advised to check in with their doctor ahead of time: it’s an absolute must!

With this in mind, here are 3 key questions you should ask your doctor about traveling for medical care:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:47 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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3 Reasons to Use a Medical Concierge Team to Plan Your Medical Tourism Trip

As noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 750,000 Americans head abroad each year to take advantage of medical tourism.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:43 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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5 Best Medical Tourism Tips for Planning Your Trip

As noted by the Medical Tourism Association, while the primary reason that people choose to have treatment abroad is to save money. However, once they leave home for the airport, their focus and attention wisely shifts to having a safe experience from beginning to end. 

With this in mind, below are 5 of the best medical tourism tips for planning your trip, and ensuring that it meets your high expectations for safety and success – or better yet, exceeds them! 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:38 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How SkyMedicus Can Customize Your Medical Tourism Trip

As revealed by noted U.S. journalist Sasha Issenberg in his recently-published book Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism, contrary to what some people believe, the overwhelming majority of people who seek treatment abroad aren’t high-flying wealthy elites getting elective surgeries like tummy tucks and nose jobs. Rather, the demand is driven by everyday, middle-class people who simply want quality healthcare at much lower cost.

And “much lower” doesn’t mean a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars. Even after all expenses are calculated – including airfare, hotel, ground transportation, and everything else – it’s not uncommon for patients to save tens of thousands of dollars.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:35 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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3 Reasons Why Medical Tourism is a Safe Alternative to Surgery in the U.S.

When 58-year old extreme mountain biker and skier Patrick Follett learned that decades of punishing his body meant that he needed total hip replacement surgery, he did what a growing number of Americans are doing: instead of getting surgery at his local hospital, he booked a medical tourism trip to Mexico, got the treatment he needed, and saved a tidy $10,000.

A year later, Follett was back to his old habits: skiing nearly 150 days in the season and racking up nearly 350 miles on his mountain bike. “I feel better than I've felt in 15 years," he said in an interview with Men’s Journal.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:32 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Need Dental Implants? 3 Reasons Why Dental Tourism is the Solution

As reported by The New York Times, a growing number of Americans are saying goodbye to dentures, and hello to dental implants – and with good reason! 

Compared to dentures, dental implants are stronger, more durable, more comfortable, and can be shaped and polished to look indistinguishable from natural teeth. In fact, dental implants are so well-built that they’re actually stronger than natural teeth – which means that, unlike denture wearers, people don’t have to live in fear of eating nuts or chomping down on an olive pit, and having to make a frantic call to their dentist. 

Category: Dental  7/26/2017 2:28 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Should You Get Travel Insurance for Your Medical Treatment Abroad?

While the insurance industry isn’t typically characterized as innovative – actually, it can sometimes be one of the last places where change takes root – the perhaps surprising fact is that a growing number of insurance companies are recognizing that medical treatment abroad (a.k.a. medical tourism) isn’t a threat to their operations: it’s an ally.

Indeed, as reported by NBC News, “Once considered a fringe option reserved for the most desperate patients, medical tourism is gaining mainstream acceptance, transforming into a billion-dollar industry attracting both patients and healthcare providers alike…US companies, such as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and United Group Programs, are now exploring the idea of including medical tourism as a part of their coverage.”

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:22 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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What are the Best Locations for Dental Surgery Abroad?

As reported by FOX News, Americans who hop on a plane to get dental surgery abroad stand to save over 70 percent vs. the getting same treatment at home. And considering that dental care is costly to begin with – with a single dental implant running around $5,000 -- the dramatic cost savings isn’t just attractive. For many people, it’s the difference between whether they can or can’t get dental surgery.

What’s more, people who choose to take advantage of dental surgery abroad – and the numbers are rising each year – aren’t limited to one or two destinations. There are dozens of countries that welcome hundreds of thousands of dental tourists each year from the U.S.

Below, we highlight 5 locations that are widely considered among the best locations for dental surgery abroad:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:14 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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4 Benefits of Medical Tourism Besides How It Saves You Money

As you may already know from speaking with colleagues, neighbors, and perhaps even your doctor, medical tourism is growing in popularity each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 750,000 Americans each year head to the airport vs. their local hospital or dental clinic in order to get everything from bariatric surgery, to dental implants, to scans and tests, and the list goes on. 

Obviously, the primary motivation for medical tourists is to save money – and not just a few dollars here and there, either. People are saving anywhere from 30-70 percent, which for procedures like hip replacement surgery or smile makeovers translates into tens or, in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings. 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:12 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Top 9 Healthcare Procedures Patients Pay for in the U.S.

As Americans, we typically like being “number one” in whatever we do – whether we’re talking about medal haul at the Olympics, economic strength, and the list goes on. 

However, there’s one area in particular where the vast majority of us would be MUCH happier if the U.S. was number 50, 100, or better yet, even lower than that: the amount that we pay for various healthcare procedures

Indeed, Americans pay some of the highest prices in the world for healthcare – and for some procedures, we have the dubious and very unwanted distinction of being “number one”. 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:08 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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What To Do When Insurance Won’t Cover Your Dental Implants

Across the country, millions of people are discovering that a missing tooth (or several missing teeth) isn’t just causing oral discomfort – it’s triggering some major financial pain, too.

That’s because, dental implants – which are increasingly seen as a better alternative to bridges and dentures – are not only pricey, but they typically aren’t covered (or fully covered) by dental insurance. Indeed, as reported by the New York Times, for dental implants “insurance coverage is usually minimal, and patients often are surprised by high out-of-pocket costs. An implant to replace a single tooth can cost $3,000 to $4,500, depending on where you live. Implants to replace a full or partial set of teeth can run from $20,000 to as much as $45,000.”

  7/26/2017 2:05 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Medical Tourism Statistics & Fun Facts

You may already know that medical tourism involves traveling to another country in order to get medical or dental care. But what you may not know, is just how big the medical tourism industry has become, the most popular destinations, top treatment options, and so on. 

And so without further delay, the SkyMedicus team is pleased to provide you with some useful medical tourism statistics (per the Medical Tourism Association, Patients Beyond Borders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), respectively), along with some fun facts that you might find quite eye opening! 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:01 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Medical Tourism Facts: Top 6 Dental Procedures Performed Overseas

A growing number of Americans are choosing medical tourism in order to save thousands – or in many cases, tens of thousands – of dollars on dental care costs.

Indeed, as highlighted by the magazine International Living, a Colorado resident was told by several Denver-area dentists that the major dental work she needed would cost around $40,000. Instead of being forced to sell assets or plummet into debt, she opted for treatment in Costa Rica. Her final cost? A grand total of $14,400 including flight and accommodations! 

What’s more, this good news story isn’t an outlier or the exception – it’s the norm. The website Patients Beyond Borders has noted that the “typical costs of dental procedures are around 60% less than those found in industrialized nations. In some cases—such as restorative dentistry--the savings may be as high as 85%.”

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:57 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Why Are 1.4 Million Patients Choosing Medical Tourism this Year?

As noted by Patients Beyond Borders, an estimated 1.4 million Americans will take advantage of medical tourism in 2016. And worldwide, the number of cross-border patients is expected to skyrocket past 12 million.

With numbers like these, medical tourism is hardly a “fringe alternative”. In fact, for an increasing number of patients, it’s an undeniably better, smarter and dramatically cheaper way to take care of everything from weight loss surgery to dental implants to cosmetic surgery, and the list goes on.

Below, we highlight why 1.4 million patients are heading to the airport vs. their local hospital this year – and even more are expected to cross the border in the years ahead: 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:39 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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3 Reasons to Travel for Surgery Besides the Cost Savings

As you may know already from watching the news, reading articles, or chatting with colleagues and friends, the cost savings of medical tourism aren’t just significant: they’re massive.

For example, weight loss surgery that costs $35,000 in the U.S. can cost less than 10,000 abroad. Hip replacement surgery that costs close to $100,000 in the U.S. can cost less than $15,000 abroad – just as it did for a Colorado resident whose story was featured in the New York Times. And we haven’t even started to look at dental surgeries and treatments, where the cost difference is just as huge.

However, saving money isn’t the only reason that millions of Americans have traveled abroad for surgery – and millions more will do so in the years ahead. There are three additional compelling reasons that include: 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:34 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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5 Questions to Ask Medical Tourism Companies Before Booking a Procedure

Across the country, a growing number of people are taking advantage of medical tourism in order to save thousands – or in most cases, tens of thousands – of dollars in overall costs, avoid waiting lists, and enjoy what amounts to a free vacation in a desirable destination.  

And it’s not just individuals and families who are looking at hospitals and clinics abroad vs. close to home. As reported by NBC.com, more and more insurance companies are exploring medical tourism as part of their package offerings.

If you’re thinking of reaping the rewards of heading to Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Belgium, or dozens of other countries that cater to medical tourists, below we highlight 5 questions to ask prospective medical tourism countries to ensure that your trip is safe, successful and stress-free:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:29 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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4 Reasons to Travel Abroad for Gastric Bypass Surgery

As reported by The Atlantic Monthly, gastric bypass surgery has undergone revolutionary change in the several decades.

Indeed, unlike when it emerged in the 1960s, gastric bypass surgery today doesn’t involve large incisions. Rather, it’s performed using cameras and instruments inserted through minute “ports” in the stomach (a.k.a. laparoscopically). The end result is that gastric bypass surgery is safer, faster, more effective, and far less invasive than years past. That’s the good news. 

The bad news is that gastric bypass surgery in the U.S. is very expensive, and can cost over $35,000 in some parts of the country (source: ObesityCoverage.com). What’s more, many insurance plans either don’t cover it at all, or have such stringent criteria that people essentially must be declared “morbidly obese” by their doctor – i.e. their lives must be at risk before they can take control of their health.

Category: Bariatric  7/26/2017 1:26 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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What Your Travel Companion Needs to Know About Your Medical Tourism Trip

The Medical Tourism Association recommends that, if possible, patients traveling abroad bring along a companion – such as a spouse, child, other relative, friend, and so on.

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3 Reasons Why Medical Tourism Is the Future of Healthcare

Across the country, an estimated 750,000 Americans take advantage of medical tourism each year (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). What’s more, these massive numbers are on the rise. Forbes contributor Russ Allan Prince reports that in 2015 medical tourism generated between $60 and $75 billion, and he suggests that number could double in the next five years.

Clearly, medical tourism is a big part of the current healthcare landscape, and it’s on pace to define the future, too. Below, we highlight the 3 key reasons why:

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Why Employers are Paying for High Quality Medical Tourism

As reported by Fortune Magazine, healthcare costs are projected to rise 6.5 percent over the next year -- which is higher than the rate of inflation. It’s a worrisome trend that has prompted the principal of PwC’s Global Human Resource Services group to warn: “The bad news is health care does cost employers a lot of money, and the idea that they are just going to absorb a 6.5% increase when CPI is at a much lower rate is unlikely, so they will continue to cost shift.”

Yet, the news isn’t all bad. That’s because instead of shifting the rising cost burden to their employees, some progressive employers are opting to pay for high quality medical tourism – which is a win for them, and even bigger victory for their employees.

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Top 3 Things Your Healthcare Provider May Not be Telling You About Surgery Abroad

According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), across the US approximately 51.4 million inpatient surgeries are performed each year. And Reuters reports that the number of outpatient surgeries is pegged at about 57 million annually. Add it up, and the grand total is a staggering 108.4 million surgeries each year. For a country with a population of about 319 million, the sheer magnitude of surgical treatments is hard to comprehend. 

However, despite the enormous number of surgeries that take place in hospitals across the country, the fact is that many healthcare providers are NOT providing patients with a complete, accurate picture of their options – especially when it comes to having surgery abroad

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How to Obtain a Medical Travel Visa for Your Treatment Abroad

Across the country, millions of Americans head abroad each year in order to get a variety of dental and medical treatments, procedures, surgeries, tests and scans.

And while saving tens of thousands of dollars is typically the prime reason that people head to the airport instead of their local clinic or hospital, there are other significant advantages as well, including: 

  • No waiting list
  • The opportunity to easily afford extra days/weeks in a rehabilitation facility if desired
  • The chance to enjoy what is essentially a free vacation

However, before you book your medical tourism trip, it’s essential that you have your travel documents in order – and the two most important are your passport and, if required, a medical travel visa.

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Which Weight Loss Surgery Is Best for You?

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of people are poised to dramatically and permanently benefit from weight loss surgery. So what’s preventing them from moving ahead? It’s not lack of desire or support from their doctor. Rather, it’s something that has nothing to do with health at all: money

Indeed, as reported by The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, weight loss surgery in the US costs between $20,000 and $25,000 on average – and in many cases, the final price is significantly higher. For most Americans, this isn’t just excessive; it’s prohibitive. 

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Choosing a Medical Tourism Company: What to Look For & What to Avoid

According to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 750,000 Americans head abroad each year to take advantage of medical tourism, and ultimately save tens of thousands of dollars on everything from heart surgery, dental treatments, hip replacement surgery, weight loss surgery, and the list goes on.

Plus, after their surgery or treatment is done, many medical tourists opt to enjoy what is essentially a free vacation that can include sightseeing, relaxing in a resort or upscale hotel, or spending an extra week or two in a rehabilitation facility – which would be cost prohibitive back home, where costs can exceed $500/day. 

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The Dramatic Cost Savings of Hip Replacement Abroad

As noted by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2.5 million Americans are living with an artificial hip. However, if you think that all of these people are having hip replacement surgery performed in their home city, state or even somewhere else in the US – think again!

That’s because a growing number of people each year are opting to head abroad to Mexico, Costa Rica, Singapore, India, Belgium, and many other countries to get hip replacement surgery. In fact, according to the AARP, 7 percent of all medical tourists from the US are booking orthopedic surgeries such as hip and knee replacements – and the number is climbing each year.

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Medical Tourism Trip Checklist: What to Plan

If you’re considering medical tourism for dental care, weight loss surgery, hip replacement surgery and the list of treatments and procedures goes on, then you’re definitely not alone!

According to research by Patients Beyond Borders, the size of the worldwide medical tourism market is between a whopping 45.5 and 72 billion. And each year, an estimated 1.4 million Americans head abroad to Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Singapore, and dozens of other popular destinations so they can get and stay healthy -- and save tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

However, before you head abroad and enjoy of the cost and care benefits of medical tourism, you obviously want to plan everything so that your experience is safe, stress-free and successful. To help make that happen, here is a simple checklist that covers what you need to plan: 

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What Are My Physical Therapy Options After Hip Replacement Surgery Abroad?

After getting hip replacement surgery abroad, naturally your focus will turn towards a safe and full recovery. This process will involve regular consultation with your doctor, as well as physical therapy sessions that may take place in your home and/or a nearby facility, based on what is best for your specific care and convalesce needs.

While every patient is unique, here is generally what you can with expect in terms of recovery options after getting hip replacement surgery abroad:

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5 Popular Dental Treatments Abroad

Thinking of heading abroad for dental treatment? You’re not alone! According to Health.com, about 6 million Americans take advantage of this option each year.

Indeed, considering that a staggering 150 million Americans don’t have dental insurance – and those that do often have annual claim limits of $1500, which only covers a fraction of most dental treatments beyond routine cleanings and check-ups – it’s not surprising that many dental clinic waiting rooms in El Salvador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Belgium, and many other countries are full of Americans looking to save big, get a healthy and beautiful smile, and enjoy a fun vacation as well.

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3 Myths About Hip Replacement Surgery Abroad

Considering medical tourism? You’re certainly not alone! According to Health.com, across the country an estimated 6 million Americans head abroad for hip surgeries, scans, tests, dental care, and the list goes on.

What’s more, if you think that medical tourism is a “fringe” industry – then think again! As highlighted by Patients Beyond Borders, the size of the medical tourism market in the US alone is between 38.5 – 55 billion each year. And when other countries like Canada, Australia, Holland, France and England are added to the mix, the number skyrockets to well over 100 billion. 

These categorically aren’t “fringe” numbers, and medical tourism is an established alternative that has been around for centuries (though more popular recently thanks to the information-sharing power of the Internet, which is being demonstrated right now as you read this article!). 

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3 Reasons to Travel Outside the US for Hip Replacement Surgery

Like thousands of American of all ages – but especially for those aged 45 and older – your doctor may be strongly advising you to have hip replacement surgery; especially since, like all degenerative diseases, problems with your hip bone, joint and/or tissues will only get worse over time. In fact, you may reach a point where hip replacement surgery is no longer possible, and the best that can be done is to mitigate the pain and discomfort, and slow down the rate of deterioration.

Yet at the same time, you may be faced with another scary issue: the cost of hip replacement surgery in the US can climb well above $50,000, and in some cases reach or surpass $100,000. If you’re like most people, you simply don’t have this amount of savings to cover the bill, and that means you’ll have to go deep into debt, sell your home, liquidate your assets, or do something else to raise the funds. Yes, this may cover the cost of your surgery, but it will imperil your financial health and reduce your quality of life.

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Hip Replacement Surgery

If you’re hesitant to move forward with the hip replacement surgery that your doctor advises, then be assured that you aren’t alone. As noted by Dr. Ian Clark, a medical researcher and founder of Peterson Tribology Laboratory for joint replacement at California’s Loma Linda University, many people delay their much-needed hip replacement surgery because:

  • They’re afraid of the “unknown”
  • They’re afraid of surgery in general
  • They’re afraid of “losing” a part of their body
  • They’re afraid of post-operative pain 

However, while all of these fears are understandable – after all, any kind of surgery is cause for serious consideration and contemplation – there is another fear that must be added to the list: fear of falling deep into debt or putting oneself at risk of declaring medical bill-related bankruptcy.

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Why Medical Tourism is Growing in Popularity

Across the U.S., as well as in many other countries such as Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Australia, and the list goes on, millions of people are taking advantage of medical tourism -- and the numbers are increasing each year as medical costs at home surge well above the rate of inflation. Indeed, a single night in the hospital can cost more than $1000; let alone an extended stay, which can easily surpass $50,000 within a couple of weeks.

If you or a loved one is considering medical tourism, here are the top 4 reasons why this may indeed be the solution you’re seeking:

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What is Medical Tourism?

Confused or unsure about what medical tourism is? We can help! Below, we highlight some key questions and answers that will give you the fundamental, reliable information you need to start determining if medical tourism is the right solution for your health and wellness needs, or those of a family member or friend. 

What is Medical Tourism?

Simply put, medical tourism is when people travel out of their local area in order to receive any kind of health treatment or service, ranging from complex surgery to relatively minor outpatient procedures. While millions of people head abroad to take advantage of medical tourism, many head to a different city within their state (e.g. major urban area or regional health center), or to a different state.

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Where is the Cheapest Place to Get Dental Implants?

For many people, dental implants are a “good news/bad news” story. 

The good news is that your dentist tells you that dental implants are the ideal solution for replacing your missing tooth/teeth, because they’re extremely durable, and can be made to look and feel just like natural teeth. 

However, the bad news is that you’re being quoted fees that are between excessive and prohibitive. Indeed, a single dental implant can cost around $5,000. And even if you have dental insurance, checking out the fine print in your policy will likely reveal that you have a maximum annual claims allowance of about $1,000, which leaves you on the hook for $4,000. What’s more, we’re just talking about one dental implant here. If you need two or more, the out-of-pocket costs skyrocket. 

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Discover the 5 Key Advantages of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad!

Each year across the country, an estimated 200,000 Americans take advantage of weight loss surgery (a.k.a. “bariatric surgery”) so they can:

·       Improve or resolve serious health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, hypertension, and many forms of cancer.

·       Boost their sense of self-esteem, confidence and overall wellbeing -- so they can feel good and positive about what they see in the mirror, instead of sad or frustrated.   

·       Reduce their ever-rising costs of medical care, and even increase their income level and wealth! 

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How Dental Implants Abroad Will Improve Your Smile

Let’s face it -- and yes, pun intended – feeling self-conscious about one’s smile can have an adverse impact on quality of life. Or to put this in more positive terms, people who smile more aren’t just happier, but they have more reasons to be happy.

Indeed, as LaughterOnlineUniversity.com cheerfully points out, there are several benefits of smiling more, including: elevated mood, stronger immune system, stronger personal and professional relationships, more career earnings, and the happy list goes on. 

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Dental Tourism Focus: Comparing Dental Implants in Mexico vs. the U.S.

Across the country, thousands of people who need dental implants are heading down to Mexico to reap the rewards of dental tourism. Below, we compare this decision with having the same procedure in the U.S. 

PRICE

When it comes to comparing the price of dental implants in Mexico vs. the U.S., it’s not even a close contest: Mexico wins hands down. Indeed, the cost of a single dental implant in the U.S. can be around $5,000, but less than $2,000 in Mexico. And considering that many people need more than one implant, the cost savings can be enormous and easily reach into the 5-figures.

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3 Ways How to Ensure a Safe Dental Tourism Trip

As noted by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, the number of Americans heading abroad to take advantage of dental tourism is growing at a 20 percent a year clip -- and it is hardly surprising to see why. 

Topping the list of advantages is dramatic cost savings that start at a few thousand dollars for relatively minor treatments such as having one implant installed, but can easily eclipse 5-figures or even 6 for complex dental reconstructions (a.k.a. “smile makeovers).

Plus as a welcome bonus, given the huge savings many people are taking the opportunity to enjoy what amounts to a free vacation in Mexico, Thailand, India, Hungary, Costa Rica, and so on. As hard as it may be to imagine, dental tourism is actually achieving the miraculous: people are looking forward to going to the dentist!

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5 Questions to Ask Your Dental Tourism Provider Before Booking Your Trip

Interest in dental tourism (and medical tourism overall) is growing – and this is a “good news, bad news” story. 

The good news is that it means more people are becoming aware of, and ultimately getting access to, the dental care and treatments they need yet cannot afford in the U.S.

For example, a single dental implant can cost between $5,000 and $7,000 in the U.S., but under $2,000 in Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, and many other popular dental tourism destinations. And for patients who need reconstructive “smile makeovers”, the cost savings can easily exceed $50,000.

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The Top 7 Myths About Dental Tourism

As you explore the possibility of having your dental treatment or procedure performed abroad in El Salvador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, India, Australia, or dozens of other countries around the world, it’s extremely important that you separate fact from fiction. Otherwise, you won’t be able to make an informed and objective decision. 

With that in mind, below we highlight the top 7 myths about dental tourism that you need and deserve to know as you conduct your research:

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7 Questions to Ask Your Medical Tourism Company About Dental Procedures

Like thousands of Americans each year, you may have decided – or are seriously considering – heading abroad to have your dental needs solved safely, successfully and VERY cost-effectively. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for medical tourists to save tens of thousands of dollars on dental implants, root canals, smile makeovers, and the list goes on.

To help you maximize your experience and reap the rewards of having your treatment performed abroad, below we list 7 questions you should ask your medical tourism company about dental procedures:

1. What are the leading destinations around the world that provide the dental procedures I want?

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Best Dental Tourism Countries (and Sights To See While There!)

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans head for the airport to take advantage of dental tourism. As you might expect, the primary motivation for the trip is to save thousands – or often tens of thousands – of dollars on everything from dental implants, root canals, orthodontics, smile makeovers and more. However, there’s another welcome benefit as well: the chance to enjoy what is essentially a free vacation!

While there are dozens of dental tourism destinations around the world, below we highlight 4 of the most popular countries. Plus, we suggest some incredible sights and scenes that you can enjoy while you’re abroad.

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15 Questions to Ask Your Dentist Before Booking Dental Implants Abroad

Like tens of thousands of people across the country, you may be considering whether it makes sense to book your dental implants abroad. However, before you make any commitments, you wisely want to verify that the experience will be safe, successful, and save you thousands -- or possibly tens of thousands -- of dollars. 

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How Dental Implants Overseas Can Save You Money

Driven by new technologies and innovations, dentistry has advanced dramatically in the last few years. And one of the best examples of this massive leap forward has to do with dental implants

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Dental Tourism Insights: Why the Most Affordable Dental Procedures Are Outside the US

According to Clements Worldwide, the U.S. doesn’t even crack the top 10 when it comes to the world’s most expensive countries in which to live (by the way, these are: Switzerland, Norway, Japan, Sweden, Finland, Bermuda, Australia, Denmark, Luxembourg and Canada).

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Why Should You Travel Abroad for Your Dental Tourism Procedure?

Across the country, a growing number of people are heading abroad for a variety of dental tourism procedures. And contrary to popular belief, the majority of people heading to Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and many other popular destinations actually have insurance.

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Why Dental Medical Tourism is Skyrocketing in Popularity

As Health.com reports, an estimated 6 million Americans take advantage of medical tourism each year -- and 400,000 are heading for dental medical tourism procedures, such as: dental crowns, veneers, dental implants, root canals, dental bridges, fixtures, and a wide range of cosmetic treatments ranging from relatively minor enhancements to total smile makeovers.

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How to Plan Your Support System After Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

If you’re considering weight loss surgery abroad, or have already decided to join millions of Americans each year who want to save tens of thousands of dollars, avoid waiting lists, and enjoy a mini-vacation as well, then you’re likely thinking of life after surgery, too. That is, you may have questions about what kind of support system you can look forward to after you return, and how you’ll successfully transition into your new, healthier life.

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What to Look for in a Support Group After Your Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Each year, millions of Americans – and tens of millions of people in other countries such as Canada, the U.K., Australia, Germany and the list goes on – take advantage of weight loss surgery abroad. Indeed, there are so many Americans at facilities in Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, etc., that patients can wonder if they’ve simply crossed a state line or an international border!

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Medical Tourism Statistics for Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

If you’re considering bariatric surgery outside of the U.S., or if you’re doing some research on behalf of a family member or friend, one of the most important aspects of your due diligence will be to gather medical tourism statistics for weight loss surgery abroad. 

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How to Find the Best Medical Tourism Facility for Your Surgery Abroad

Like millions of Americans each year – and tens of millions of people around the world in countries like Canada, the UK, Australia, Germany and many others – you’ve either decided to take advantage of medical tourism, or you’re seriously considering it.

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What’s Behind the Major Cost Savings of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad?

When people start researching weight loss surgery abroad, one of the first things they notice – usually in an awestruck, jaw-dropping way – is just how much cheaper it is to head abroad to Mexico,CostaRica, Brazil, Thailand, India, Singapore, and so on.  For example, the same weight loss surgery in the US that costs $35,000 can cost $15,000 outside of the country. 

Naturally, this dramatic cost difference makes many people wonder: what’s behind the savings? After all, saving 10-20 percent is one thing. But 50 percent or more? That takes some explaining! 

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10 Steps to Plan & Coordinate Every Detail of Your Medical Tourism Trip

If you’ve decided to take advantage of medical tourism – or are seriously considering it as a viable option to save thousands of dollars, avoid waiting lists, and enjoy an excursion away from home – then you’re probably thinking about logistics, too.

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What to Expect on the Road to Recovery After Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

If you’re considering having weight loss surgery abroad -- or have already decided that it’s the right choice for your physical, emotional and psychological health and wellness -- then chances are you’re not just thinking about flights, hotels and currency exchange: you’re dreaming of how much better your life will be after your treatment and when you’re back home!

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Comparing Weight Loss Surgery Costs in Mexico vs. the U.S.

As reported by Health.com, an estimated 6 million Americans each year choose to have surgery abroad -- and hundreds of thousands head to Mexico for weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery, duodenal switch surgery and gastric sleeve surgery.

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What to Look for in Your Medical Tourism Provider

If you’re seriously thinking about taking advantage of medical tourism – or if you have already decided that getting treatment abroad is the best option for you – then your next step is to choose the ideal medical tourism provider.

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The REAL Costs of Delaying Your Weight Loss Surgery

Like millions of women and men across the country, you may have been thinking about weight loss surgery for month, years or possibly even decades. And while you may believe that it’s a viable option to help you achieve a healthy BMI, the fact that weight loss surgery can cost anywhere from $25,000 to over $50,000 is more than just a barrier: it’s a financial brick wall.

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Debunking the 4 Biggest Myths About Medical Tourism

Across the country, millions of people – including your colleagues, neighbors, and probably members of your extended family as well – have taken advantage of medical tourism in order to save thousands of dollars, get the treatment they want faster and easier, and in many cases, enjoy a mini-vacation as well! 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/24/2017 7:23 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Medical Tourism Trip

As reported by Patients Beyond Borders, an estimated 1.2 million Americans head abroad to reap the benefits of medical tourism, which include dramatic cost savings, no waiting periods, and for many travelers, the chance to combine their medical experience with a pleasant getaway as well. 

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How Bariatric Surgery Changed a Woman’s Life

Diets and lifestyle changes were not working.  I was beyond hope, I thought.

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Why Your Local Doctor Should be Involved with Your Surgery Abroad

While there are many factors that will contribute to your successful surgery abroad, among the most important is involving your local doctor.

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The True Cost Savings of Having Your Bariatric Surgery Abroad

By now, you’ve likely heard or read about the dramatic cost savings of having bariatric surgery abroad.

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Where to Get Post-Operation Support After Weight Loss Surgery Overseas

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year an estimated 750,000 Americans take advantage of medical tourism so they can enjoy dramatic cost savings, avoid waiting periods due to surgeon or physician shortages and access exceptional quality healthcare that is on par – or above – standards in various U.S. states, regions and cities. 

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How to Check if Your Insurance Covers Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

With apologies to insurance underwriters, adjusters, agents and professionals everywhere: many people who have attempted to file a seemingly simple, straightforward health insurance claim have discovered that the landscape can be extremely complex – and in some cases, outright nonsensical.

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If Insurance Wants You To Gain Weight, Choose Bariatric Surgery Abroad

If your insurance company wants you to gain more weight to reach a certain BMI threshold before you qualify for weight loss surgery, there's another option you need to consider: bariatric surgery abroad.

Category: Bariatric  7/24/2017 10:58 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Why Bariatric Surgery Overseas Makes Sense Even if You Have Insurance

Many people believe that opting for bariatric surgery overseas vs. at a hospital in the U.S. is exclusively a matter of insurance coverage. That is, they think that people who have insurance coverage go to their nearest hospital, while those without insurance coverage head to their nearest international airport.

Category: Bariatric  7/24/2017 10:48 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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The Hidden Cost Savings of Having Your Bariatric Surgery Abroad

As you may be aware, choosing to have your bariatric surgery abroad can save you anywhere from $10,000 to over $30,000 compared to having the same surgery in the U.S. (the exact savings amount depends on the type of surgery you need, where you have it done, and in what part of the country you live).

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How to Find a Bariatric Surgeon Abroad

Each year, thousands of U.S. residents head abroad in order to have bariatric surgery (a.k.a. weight loss surgery).

Category: Bariatric  7/24/2017 10:41 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How to Avoid Long Waitlists for Your Bariatric Surgery

If you’re like thousands of Americans each year, you’re facing a “good news, bad news” scenario – and it’s filling you with worry, anxiety and frustration.

Category: Bariatric  7/24/2017 10:38 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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6 Qualifications to Look for In a Weight Loss Surgeon Abroad

As you research the benefits and details of having weight loss surgery (a.k.a. bariatric surgery) abroad, without question the most important question you need to answer is: how do I choose the right surgeon?

Category: Bariatric  7/24/2017 10:33 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Will I Be Able to Get Pregnant After Weight Loss Surgery?

Many women who are considering weight loss surgery – either in the U.S. or abroad -- are worried about how the procedure may affect their ability to get pregnant in the future. If you are among those concerned, then we are pleased to provide you with some helpful information below.

Category: Bariatric  7/21/2017 4:34 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How a Travel Companion Helps with Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

As you consider or prepare for weight loss surgery abroad, one of the questions you’re likely asking is: How can I make the experience easier and more comfortable? 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/21/2017 4:29 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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3 Questions to Ask a Weight Loss Surgeon Abroad

When planning for weight loss surgery abroad, a critical decision will be choosing your surgeon. This is because, just as here in the U.S., some surgeons have more experience than others.

Category: Bariatric  7/21/2017 4:26 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Understanding the Logistics of Bariatric Surgery Abroad

Each year, thousands of people head abroad to countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, India and many others, so they can safely and successfully get the life-changing -- and potentially life-saving -- bariatric surgery they need, but that their insurance plan won’t cover.

Category: Bariatric  7/21/2017 4:22 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Is Weight Loss Surgery Overseas Safe?

The understandable concern as you consider weight loss surgery overseas is if it's a safe alternative to surgery here in the U.S.

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3 Tips to Take the Stress Out Of Planning Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

If you’re planning on weight loss surgery abroad (a.k.a. bariatric surgery), then the first thing you should know is that you certainly aren’t alone. 

Category: Bariatric  7/21/2017 4:12 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How to Get Long Term Results After Your Bariatric Surgery Overseas

As with any major medical procedure, bariatric surgery requires follow-up care and monitoring to ensure that results are successfully maintained for the long-term.

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How to Make Your Post-Operation Flight More Comfortable

Like an estimated 20,000 U.S. residents each year, you’re planning (or seriously considering) having weight loss surgery abroad. The reasons are clear: you can save tens of thousands of dollars, avoid a prolonged waiting list and dramatically improve your quality (and quantity) of life.  

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How Much Does Weight Loss Surgery Abroad Cost?

According to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, weight loss surgery (a.k.a. bariatric surgery) in the U.S. costs on average between $20,000 and $25,000 – although in some cases, it can be significantly higher. What’s more, this huge price tag does not include additional costs that individuals incur during recovery, including temporary income loss.

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What If My Insurance Won't Cover Weight Loss Surgery?

If your health insurance doesn't cover weight loss surgery, you still have options.

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Why Choose Mexico for Your Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Each year, an estimated 20,000 Americans choose to have weight loss surgery abroad – and many of them head south to Mexico. The number of patients from Canada and the UK is even higher since wait times in those countries can be more than 10 years for weight loss surgery covered by universal health care insurance.

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3 Things to Know Before Traveling Overseas for Weight Loss Surgery

Each year, millions of Americans dream of getting weight loss surgery (a.k.a. bariatric surgery) – and not just so they can look and feel better, although these are certainly valid reasons. For some, it can be a matter of improving the quality and quantity of life.

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Comparing Surgery In the United States vs. Surgery Abroad

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year an estimated 750,000 U.S. residents head for surgery abroad for treatments such as bariatric surgery (i.e. weight loss surgery), cosmetic surgery, IVF, dental surgery heart surgery, and the list goes on.

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Addressing Flying Concerns When Traveling Abroad For Surgery

Each year, a growing number of people across the country are discovering the benefits of traveling abroad for surgery, which include: dramatic cost savings (usually between 30 and 80 percent), no lengthy waiting list, and access to world-class quality surgeons and physicians - many of whom earned their MD in the U.S. and are widely respected throughout and beyond the global medical community.

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5 Things to Do If Your Insurance Policy Won't Cover Your Surgery

It’s the nightmare scenario that hundreds of millions of people dread: discovering your insurance policy won't cover your surgery.

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Communicate Directly with the Doctor Before Your Surgery Abroad

A common and very important question that some people have when they consider getting surgery abroad is: Will I be able to communicate with the doctor who will be performing my treatment?” 

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Where Can I Go For Support After Bariatric Surgery?

At SkyMedicus, we’re extremely proud to have facilitated successful and stress-free medical tourism experiences for individuals seeking bariatric surgery (i.e. weight loss surgery) abroad. 

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3 Tips for Scheduling Visitors for Your Surgery Abroad

As you plan for your surgery abroad, one of the most important issues (and one of the best ways to ensure your comfort during medical tourism) that you’ll need to address is scheduling visitors or travel companions for the procedure.

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Does Obamacare Cover Medical Tourism?

Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- a.k.a. Obamacare – has come into effect, many people are wondering: Does Obamacare cover medical tourism?

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How Comfortable Will I Be During And After Surgery Abroad?

As you consider having surgery abroad so that you can benefit from world class health care, rapid treatment (i.e. no waiting weeks or months for specialists to become available), and of course, substantial cost savings that are typically between 30-80 percent, you may have questions about your overall comfort and care.

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How to Find the Right Doctor for Your Surgery Abroad

At SkyMedicus, we’re often asked by people considering surgery abroad how they can find the right doctor.

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How Safe is Medical Tourism?

A retired judge had surgery for diverticulitis, which is a digestive disease of the large intestine. However, the surgeon left a rotting sponge inside his abdomen that caused excruciating pain, and endangered his life. 

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Top Medical Tourism Destinations Around the World

While medical tourism has been around for centuries, its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years thanks to a “perfect storm” of converging trends that include:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/21/2017 12:43 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Why You Don't Need To Wait To Have Your Weight Loss Surgery

Across the country, millions of people urgently need weight loss surgery (a.k.a. bariatric surgery) – and it’s not so they can look and feel better about themselves, although this is certainly a priority and a fundamental aspect of emotional and psychological wellness. 

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Dental Tourism Insights: Why the Most Affordable Dental Procedures Are Outside the US

According to Clements Worldwide, the U.S. doesn’t even crack the top 10 when it comes to the world’s most expensive countries in which to live (by the way, these are: Switzerland, Norway, Japan, Sweden, Finland, Bermuda, Australia, Denmark, Luxembourg and Canada).

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5 Things to Consider Before Traveling for Medical Tourism

Before you set off on your medical tourism adventure, there are some things you should consider.

1. Are you ready to take control of your own health?

Medical tourists have decided to surmount the barriers to their care on their own, rather than take what the healthcare system gives them and make the best of it. This can be empowering or scary, depending on your attitude and how you arrange your trip. When you're working with SkyMedicus, you have access to your provider and hospitals credentials, can ask questions, and get assistance figuring out the details. You'll be empowered with the information you need to make the best choices for you.

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