Medical tourism continues to grow and is here to stay. Americans are now going to other countries for medical treatments, surgeries and prescriptions.
Kiersten and Julien first heard about medical tourism from a friend who went to Mexico and had four prescriptions filled for the equivalent of $2.50 USD. Prices for an urgent care visit were around the same.
“The most common work or procedures that people are getting done are dentistry, cosmetic surgery and IVF is a big one,” Kiersten says. “As well as cardiovascular health, weight loss, dermatology, liver and kidney transplants and spinal surgery.”
In this episode of rich & Regular, Kiersten discusses how a knee replacement in the United States can cost around $40,000, while the price in India may be anywhere from $6,000 to $9,000, though she cautions that medical tourism is not a reliable substitute for health insurance. The Saunders also talk about the issues you may encounter abroad, such as communication challenges and continuity of care, including not being able to follow up with the same doctor when you’re back home.
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