There are hundreds of thousands of people every year who travel hundreds of miles – not for business, and not for a holiday, but for medical treatment. It may seem strange to those of us who are more accustomed to going to their local hospital or dentist for any medical or dental work that needs to be done, but many are choosing to instead combine their vacation with a boob job, liposuction, or even some new permanent dentures. Instead of coming back with a t-shirt and some tacky sweets, people are returning home with new and approved bodies, with their health just as relaxed and improved in their mind. So what sort of people are travelling abroad for medical treatment, and could it be a good option for you?
For a start, most people who travel for medical treatment do so because there simply isn’t the provision for the sort of treatment that they want where they live. They would probably prefer to not to have to travel, and they see it as an inconvenience, but not everywhere has the plentiful permanent denture options in San Diego that we do, or the many opportunities for seeing medical consultants, or second opinions. Their options are so limited that if they do not find someone or something that they feel comfortable with, the only option that they have is to go elsewhere. This can feel very difficult for people; not everyone likes to be away from home and home’s comforts, and they may not be able to afford a ticket for their loved ones as well as themselves. For those of us who already live in a place with many permanent denture options in San Diego for example, this can feel very alien.
On the other hand, there are some people who decide to go travelling abroad for medical treatment because there is a specialist that they really want to work with and be seen by because they are a trail blazer in their field. They could be the only person offering a particular type of treatment at that time and so they have no choice but to travel – but they are willing to do it if it means getting their expertise and their expert opinion. This is often the case in situations where the person’s medical needs are very unusual or rare, or because it is a delicate operation that only the very best surgeons should attempt. These people often see the travelling as part of the adventure of treatment, and document it as they would a normal vacation.
The last type of person who decides to go abroad for medical treatment are those who want to make sure that they get the very best financial deal for their money! It is often cheaper for many medical treatments to be performed abroad because doctors are paid less, hospitals require less investment, and the overall cost of living there is so much lower. That means that someone who would not have otherwise have been able to afford the treatment – and for many people, it is not a choice, but something that they have to do. The lack of stress that comes with a cheaper option of treatment can often help a person to recover quicker, and they can then return home with their health returned and their pockets not completely emptied.
Do you recognize yourself in any of these descriptions? You may not have reached any of these situations yet, but you may do in time, and if you do then you know that you have options ahead of you.