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Shoulder surgery and medical tourism
Many Americans are driving to seek different medical treatments, including shoulder surgery abroad by the high cost of U.S. healthcare. However, this may not always be the safest or even the cheapest alternative. Before you decide to hop on a place to Mexico, Thailand, Costa Rica, India Colombia or the Philippines for arthroscopic shoulder treatment, carefully weigh the issues.
Overseas Shoulder Surgery May Not Really Be Cheaper
First, your US based health insurance, including Medicare, will probably not cover medical treatment abroad. Some plans may cover emergency treatment, but they will rarely cover the costs of any elective treatment or surgery. You also have to factor in the actual cost of travel and staying in a foreign country. If you travel overseas for treatment, you may also choose to bring a friend or family member with you, and that will cost even more. If something goes wrong, it may even cost more to travel back to the states.
How Do You Know Medical Tourism Is Safe And Effective?
American medical standards, including education and continuing education, are very high. Practitioners in many other countries would not be qualified for practice shoulder surgery in the US with additional education and testing. When you travel to a less developed country for treatment, how do you know that the same high standards are being upheld?
Because US doctors and hospitals are held to high standards, you can bet they do everything they can to only perform tested and approved procedures. You may not have the same assurances in an undeveloped nation. If you do have a problem with your treatment, you might also lack any financial, legal, or even medical recourse that would be your obvious right here in the United States.
Medical tourism for shoulder surgery has become a popular option because people believe it gives them a cheaper source of treatment. In the long run, it could cost you more money and risk your health.