Americans are increasingly traveling abroad for major surgeries. In fact, over 500,000 combine an exotic vacation with a surgical procedure each year. If you assume that they must be traveling for something illegal in the United States or to have cosmetic surgery in secret, youâ€™d be wrong. Medial tourism is popular for a variety of reasons and that popularity is increasing every day. So, what do people have done? 1. Bariatric procedures: This type of surgery is popular for privacy and cost issues but many foreign countries also have a slightly different type of gastric bypass than what is currently available in the U.S. The results can be better with this variation. 2. Fertility: Couples that struggle with fertility not only have an emotional strain but also a financial one. The cost of an IVF procedure is over $12,000 per attempt and it is well-known that many procedures may be necessary to get the desired results. This can quickly drain a bank account. On the other hand, an exotic trip to Argentina can include a quick tango and an IVF for just $4,000. 3. Cosmetic Surgery: A perennial favorite, many countries from Canada to Thailand offer first-rate plastic surgeons at rock bottom prices. From tummy tucks to face lifts, you can look better for less with medical tourism. 4. Dentistry: Most people wouldnâ€™t think of traveling anywhere but to the corner dentist to have some dental work done but many procedures, especially dental implants and veneers, are expensive at home. In fact, many insurance companies will not even cover cosmetic procedures. If you want a pretty smile, a trip overseas may be just the ticket. In fact, the price tag will have you grinning from ear to ear all the way home. 5. Stem Cell Research: Controversial in the United States, stem cell research is moving forward rapidly in other parts of the world. In fact, Singapore has a state-of-the-art research center and many people suffering from diseases like Parkinsonâ€™s and Alzheimerâ€™s have traveled there for advanced help. 6. Cardiac: Letâ€™s face it, you only have one heart. You have to take care of it, yes, but what do you do if that means you financially bankrupt your family in the process? It sounds pretty awful to say that you cannot afford to live. A better answer would be to travel to places like India, where the same procedures can be done for up to 90% off. See the country, fix your heart and move on with your life. Save your money. 7. Cancer Treatment: It is no longer just the rich and famous that travel abroad for the latest cancer treatments. The affordability of international travel combined with the oppressive cost of treatment here in the United States make traveling overseas for treatment a viable option, if not a necessity. You see there is a large variety of options for medical tourism and it's not just for those who are elite or extravagant. Medical tourism is one of the best ways to get what you need done when you can't afford it or just save you from spending everything you do have to keep your health. Always do your research and take responsibility for your own health, you'll find the options are not quite as limited as you may have originally thought.
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