In the last 20 years the phenomenon of traveling to distant lands for medical or dental work has grown steadily and with good reason.
Procedural costs in the economically dominant countries like the United States, Canada, Australia and those of Europe are the highest they’ve ever been. An advanced procedure such as installing a single dental implant can cost $2,000.
Salaries of ordinary citizens in these countries have not been keeping up with costs and the dental industry has been restricted in its ability to compete. Doctors and dentists’ abilities to compete according to the rules of supply and demand are legally limited. That’s why prices don’t differ much from one health professional to another.
Foreign Countries Have an Advantage
This has provided an opportunity several countries in the developing world have set up first rate dental facilities to attract foreign dental patients. The dentists and oral surgeons have had first class training. All the equipment, laboratories and technology have been built to the standards of western countries.
The reasons are economical. The low cost of living to GDP makes it possible for highly trained professionals to charge much less. This makes it very easy to compete with costs of dental treatment in western countries. A dental tourist can get new technology like mini dental implants, and costs can be as much as 70% less than in the U.S. There are no wait times either. Dental work is scheduled at the convenience of the customer.
The thrill of traveling to an exotic faraway land can also allow for vacation time. Why not combine dental work and aftercare on a sunny beach, or stroll through lush gardens or visit to an ancient temple? It becomes easy to see why an American or European would choose not to stay at home and pay high prices.
Getting the best for the best price
Finding the best dental professionals abroad does take a bit of work. You have to research your dentists or oral surgeons, you have to research the country to which you will be traveling, negotiate a good fee – and make all the vacation arrangements. For average citizens this is not easy to do. That’s where a good medical tourism agency would step in.
A good medical tourism agency, works the same as a travel agency. It will not only arrange the vacation for you, it will provide you with the best options for the dental professional you need. It will negotiate a good fee for you, make sure you get what you want, and be there to advise you all the way. You will not be left to manage on your own.
Dental tourism can definitely be a more fun way to get a not-so-much-fun job done.