The Fox News Health Blog has been running a series of articles about one person's trip from the US to El Salvador to get expensive dental procedures performed. The cost of the procedures was much less in El Salvador than in the US, and so the trip becomes both a medical treatment and a tropical vacation. Here is an excerpt from one of the posts:
Here are links to the entire series from the Fox News Health blog:
He did a brief exam of Doug’s mouth and made a few slight changes to the treatment plan. He went over everything in detail with Doug: Doug would come in the next day for prep work and cleaning; he would have the major work done the following day.
Ricardo, also known as “Ricky,” then took us to check into our hotel. An enormous bouquet of flowers greeted us when we walked into our room.
Dr. Lorenzana sent them with a note welcoming us to El Salvador.
The room overlooked a pool with a waterfall; the air smelled of tropical plants and the temperature was in the 80s. We heard it was snowing in New York.
- What To Do About Costly Dental Work
- Day One in El Salvador
- Doug Undergoes Major Dental Surgery in El Salvador
- A Day At The Beach After Surgery
- Taking In The Sights While On The Mend
El Salvador is a popular destination for cosmetic surgery and access to American Board Certified dentists. Its proximity to the US and favorable exchange rate make it an easy choice for quality care.Another US company called MedRetreat also lists El Salvador as one of its destinations for medical tourism.
I admit that I am not sure how I feel about this story. I think my mixed feelings relate to the fact that my wife just returned from a week of coordinating a group of US dentists and other medical professionals who travelled to El Salvador to provide free care to some of El Salvador's poorest communities. They saw dozens and dozens of patients in need of dental care of the most basic forms. Perhaps this story just provides another perspective on how skewed is the allocation of healthcare resources across the world.