Medical Tourism is Dangerous

Would you have a facelift in South Korea or Peru, spine surgery in Thailand, or heart surgery in India? Countries all over the world want your health care dollars. And they’re attracting Americans by – how else – providing care for as little as a tenth of the cost in the US.

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Would you have a facelift in South Korea or Peru, spine surgery in Thailand, or heart surgery in India?  Countries all over the world want your health care dollars.  And they’re attracting Americans by – how else – providing care for as little as a tenth of the cost in the US.

Last year, three-quarters of a million Americans became medical tourists, and that number is growing.  In Korea, Health Care Town is being built to attract foreigners; the town is 370 acres of medical clinics and apartments surrounded by golf courses and beaches. But beware.

Standards might be lower than the US.  And what happens if you have a complication?  Will you get good care?  And what happens if you return home and have a problem?  Doctors might not be willing to take care of you in the US.  And how about communication?  No habla ingles?  Let the buyer beware.

Blog written by Arthur Perry, MD, FACS
Dr. Perry has over 2 decades of experience as a clinical surgeon and has been named to the “Best Doctors in the NY Area” book...