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3 Reasons to Travel for Surgery Besides the Cost Savings


Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 1:34 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017


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: 

1. No Waiting List

Even when cost isn’t a factor (typically because insurance is covering all or most of the bill), many people face waiting lists for treatments that can stretch out for months. And this isn’t just in small cities or rural areas. Large urban centers and regional health hubs can also impose delays as demand outstrips supply.

However, there are typically no waiting periods when booking a treatment overseas – simply because people can choose their destination and hospital (or clinic, practice, etc.) based on availability.

2. Extra Days in Rehabilitation

Another key reason why many people travel for surgery, is that they can easily afford to spend a few extra days – or even weeks – in a rehabilitation facility. This is simply not an option here in the U.S., where the out-of-pocket costs would be excessive and, for most people, prohibitive. 

In other words: medical tourism can actually be healthier than having surgery in the U.S., because people can afford more health care and expert support.

3. Free Vacation!

Many people who travel for surgery also enjoy what essentially amounts to a free vacation that can include sightseeing, experiencing new cultures, making new friends, and relaxing by the pool, beach, etc. It’s a great way to mix solving a health or wellness problem, and enjoying time away from the daily grind. They can also invite a family member or friend to join them, who can help as a caregiver and also enjoy a mini-holiday! 

Learn More 

To learn more about the benefits and rewards of medical tourism, contact the SkyMedicus team today. Your consultation is free, and there’s never any obligation to book your trip with us. Our focus is on your health!

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Topics: Medical Tourism, Surgery Abroad


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