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Limited Healthcare Benefits Pushing Seniors and Retirees to Medical Travel Alternatives
Date:8/30/2013

are looking for answers. For many, the answer lies in cost-effective healthcare services outside of the United States. Medical tourism, the practice of traveling to another country for medical and dental procedures, has become a common solution to the high cost of healthcare for individuals, especially seniors, in the U.S. Many have discovered that access to high quality, low cost medical and dental care is a short flight away. It’s expected that over one million Americans will utilize medical tourism in 2014 to gain access to medical procedures, treatments and medications that can cost up to 75% less than in the U.S. Many thousands of people have chosen to live their retirement years in Costa Rica. One of the most commonly cited reasons for doing so was to gain access to affordable, high quality healthcare services.

Costa Rica is home to world-class practitioners, surgeons and physicians specializing in Orthopedic, Bariatric and Cosmetic surgeries, but is best known for restorative dentistry. Many of the healthcare services provided in Costa Rica address the specific needs of seniors such as oral surgery, dental implants, orthopedics, cosmetics and joint replacements. Hospitals in Costa Rica are accredited by Joint Commission International, the same governing body that accredits some of the most well known American hospitals, resulting in standards of Costa Rican medical facilities that meet or exceed those in the U.S.

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