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Where Are the Best Locations for Weight Loss Surgery Abroad?
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 2:50 PM | Last Modified: August 2, 2017
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.”
Given this dire and worsening situation, one might reasonably expect that the healthcare establishment is working together with insurers to make weight loss surgery more accessible and affordable. After all, the astronomical obesity epidemic isn’t just harming individuals who suffer from this potentially fatal conditions – it’s also placing an excessive and unsustainable burden on the people who ultimately foot the bill for every public health crisis: individual taxpayers.
However, the reality is that weight loss surgery in the U.S. is actually becoming even more costly and less accessible. As noted by the Associated Press: “Nearly two-thirds of health plans sponsored by employers don't cover weight loss surgery, which can cost between $15,000 and $25,000. Those that do often mandate that patients meet a number of requirements, including special diets and psychological evaluations, before they can get the procedure covered.”
And while insurance companies maintain that their extensive and difficult-to-meet requirements exist to protect patients from getting weight loss surgery when they don’t truly need it or when it’s not in their best interest, the truth is a very different story: weight loss surgery in the U.S. isn’t cheap, and insurance companies are businesses, after all.
Yet despite these obstacles, a growing number of Americans are indeed getting the weight loss surgery they need – but not by selling their homes or going deep into debt. Rather, they’re hopping a flight and taking advantage of medical tourism, so they can save anywhere from 30-80 percent.
What’s more, since they’re saving so much money, many patients opt to spend a few extra days or even weeks in the hospital or in rehab – which is an option that would be completely cost prohibitive in the U.S., where a single day in hospital can cost over $1000. In many other countries around the world, the bottom-line, all-in cost can be well under $50/day – and this includes 24/7 nursing care.
So where are these folks heading? According to Patients Beyond Borders, here are the most popular locations for medical tourism in general (note: all of these countries offer various kinds of weight loss surgery):
To learn more about weight loss surgery abroad, contact the SkyMedicus team today. Your consultation with us is free, and there is never any obligation or pressure to book your trip with us.
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Topics: Weight Loss Surgery