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Comparing Surgery In the United States vs. Surgery Abroad
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/21/2017 3:37 PM | Last Modified: August 2, 2017
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.
Below, we highlight 3 key factors that make surgery in the U.S. undesirable or in many cases impossible, and conversely make surgery abroad a viable alternative for hundreds of thousands of people each year.
3 Deterrents to Having Your Surgery Performed in the U.S.
1. The Cost
Clearly and without question, the biggest difference between surgery in the U.S. and surgery abroad is cost. While prices vary based on the procedure and location, most patients can expect anywhere from a 30-80% savings if they head out of the country – which can translate into tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Furthermore, they may be able to use HSA dollars to cover their treatment or have it covered by their insurance, which further reduces their overall costs.
2. The Quality
Some people are hesitant to have surgery abroad because they’re concerned about quality; or more specifically, a lack of quality. However, provided that the surgery is performed by a qualified and licensed physician, and in an accredited and pre-screened hospital, quality is not an issue.
What’s more, the belief that the U.S. is somehow an “assured healthcare quality” zone is, frankly, unfounded. The Leapfrog Group found that 440,000 people die each year from preventable hospital errors in the U.S.
3. The Waiting
Many U.S. residents have to wait several weeks or months for surgery; especially if they don’t live in a large city that is serviced by multiple hospitals and specialists. However, the same surgery that would require months of waiting in the U.S. can be scheduled abroad at the earliest possible opportunity – which usually means a few weeks at the most.
For some people, such as those who need bariatric surgery, this is more than a convenience factor: it is a quality of life issue, and one that shouldn’t be delayed because of hospital and specialist shortages.
If you or a loved one is considering surgery abroad, then the above highlights some of the key reasons why three quarters of a million people each year (and rising!) head to the airport for surgery abroad – instead of to their local or regional hospital.
To learn more, contact the SkyMedicus team today. We’ll introduce you to our end-to-end support solution that takes care of every detail of your surgery abroad - where you’ll stay, how you’ll get around, where you’ll have your surgery and who will take care of you before, during and after. It’s everything you need to focus on the healthcare you need – and deserve!
Topics: Surgery Abroad