Joint repair and replacement has become one of the fastestgrowing areas of medical tourism. The major draws are the much lower cost and, in some cases, the accessibility to procedures not yet available in the U.S. Three types of joint surgery account for almost all of the activity: hip replacement, knee replacement, and spinal surgery. Arthroscopy and repair of ligaments is less popular, partly because this is usually the result of trauma, and the injured person wants to have it done right away. But even in trauma situations, a savvy person can save a lot of money by going overseas. Consider, for example, a skier who wrenches her knee and needs an ACL repair.
This type of sprain is very common in athletes, but total costs for the repair can easily be over $5,000.
If she does not have insurance, she will have to pay the entire amount out of pocket. In many other countries, she could have this done for less than $1,000.
Hip replacements for medical tourists have become such big business in Thailand and India that many hospitals are now specializing in this.
The Medical Tourism Travel Guide is the essential
guide for anyone considering a medical trip overseas. It tells you
everything you need to know to get top-notch medical care in
world-class medical facilities at a cost far less than treatment in
the United States. The author, Dr. Paul Gahlinger, has personally
visited a great number of the facilities described in this book, and
here he shares information on hundreds of clinics, hospitals, and spas
in about 50 countries, as well as important tips on how to travel, how
to pay, how to prepare, what to do, and what to avoid.
With kind permission of Paul Gahlinger.
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