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Gastric Bypass Stomach Surgery in Mexico- Would you?

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Medical Tourism, New Healthcare Reform?


 

MEDICAL TOURISM TOP DESTINATIONS AND PRICE COMPARISONS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

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There’s never been a better time to visit Costa Rica- really.

As the cost of food and other living expenses goes up, one would think that people in the US would be less inclined to travel to exotic destinations than ever before.  With gas prices skyrocketing, why would anybody in his right mind choose to hop on a plane headed for Thailand, India, or Mexico?

But that’s exactly what more people are doing these days, and believe it or not, their motives are cost-effective.

“Medical Tourism” is at a statistical high, with hopeful patients traveling as far as South Korea for a tummy tuck, Malaysia for a gastric lap band, or Singapore for a gastric bypass.  With hospital safety standards equal to that of American hospitals, many countries in Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific are cashing in on their newly acquired medical technology by appealing to Americans who are tired of paying high health care prices.

MEDICAL TOURISM TOP DESTINATIONS AND PRICE COMPARISONS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

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The $6K rule of thumb

Medical tourism agencies have sprouted to meet the demands of US citizens seeking low-cost bariatric surgeries, heart surgeries, and cosmetic surgeries.  But what about the cost of air travel, time off from work, and other vacation expenses? How can you be sure that you won’t just break even in the end, or worse, end up paying more than you would had you elected for surgery in the US of A?

Josef Woodman, author of the consumer guide, Patients Beyond Borders, suggests getting a complete quote from your healthcare insurance, including the actual price of surgery, plus overnight hospital stays and doctor visits.  If the total comes out to more than $6,000, then call your travel agent.  Chances are, you can save a significant amount of money by searching outside the US for a more economical quote.

MEDICAL TOURISM TOP DESTINATIONS AND PRICE COMPARISONS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

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Compare the cost:

1) United States

Gastric Bypass- $32K, Gastric Lap Band- $30K, Gastric Sleeve Surgery- $7-20K, Tummy Tuck- $6-9K

2) Mexico

Gastric Bypass- $11K, Gastric Lap Band- $9K, Gastric Sleeve Surgery- $9K, Tummy Tuck- $4K

3) Costa Rica

Gastric Bypass- $10-12K, Gastric Lap Band- $8K, Gastric Sleeve Surgery- $10K, Tummy Tuck- $4K

4) India

Gastric Bypass- $10K, Gastric Lap Band- $9K, Gastric Sleeve Surgery- $5K, Tummy Tuck- $3K

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5) Korea

Gastric Bypass- $9K, Gastric Lap Band- $11K, Gastric Sleeve Surgery- $9K, Tummy Tuck- $5K

6) Malaysia

Gastric Bypass- $12K, Gastric Lap Band- $8K, Gastric Sleeve Surgery- $8K, Tummy Tuck- $4K

7) Singapore

Gastric Bypass- $16K, Gastric Lap Band $9K, Gastric Sleeve Surgery- $11K, Tummy Tuck- $6K

8) Thailand

Gastric Bypass- $13-16K, Gastric Lap Band- $14K, Gastric Sleeve Surgery- $13K, Tummy Tuck- $5K

MEDICAL TOURISM TOP DESTINATIONS AND PRICE COMPARISONS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

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Sources:

Weight Loss Surgery Mexico & Abroad- Analysis and Recommendations

Brazil to Turkey: Top 10 Medical Tourism Destinations

Medical Tourism Statistics & Facts- Patients Beyond Borders

Medical Tourism Statistics and Facts

FACTBOX: Five facts about medical tourism- Reuters

Compare Cost- Medical Tourism

Placid Way   Medical Treatment Abroad Prices

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