[dt_fancy_image type=”” lightbox=”0″ align=”right” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”-25px” margin_right=”0″ margin_left=”20″ width=”300″ height=”” animation=”none” media=”” image_alt=”3 Dangers of Medical Tourism” hd_image=”” image=”http://www.br17001.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/3-Dangers-of-Medical-Tourism-300×200.jpg”][/dt_fancy_image]THE ALLURE of dental treatments overseas at prices that seem too good to be true is a strong temptation. But remember:
If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Here are three of the serious drawbacks that every person considering overseas treatment should consider.
HIDDEN HEALTH RISKS:
LACK OF LEGAL RECOURSE:
We all like to think positive and trust that our dental procedures will be completed quickly, painlessly, and permanently. In reality, this is often not the case, especially in procedures that require more than simple, surface treatments of the tooth’s crown.
The best way of avoiding unforeseen, post-procedure complications, is to have the work done by a highly skilled, experienced professional under optimum conditions in the first place.
However, if you have the misfortune to experiencing post-procedural complications or you are simply not satisfied with the results of your treatment, you may require a follow up visit, or multiple visits, to deal with the problem or even have the work redone.
In the case of an unexpected infection, you may not have the luxury of time for a follow up treatment. Often there is no choice but to find a local dentist to properly deal with the consequences of poor overseas dental work, and your insurance may be averse to paying for it.
The option of returning to the overseas provider for follow up care is often impractical and uneconomical, usually nullifying the monetary savings, which, in most cases, was the principle reason for seeking care overseas.
For many procedures, there are fixed rates that dictate much of the costs of treatment. In dentistry, some of these are the costs of materials, such as implants, crowns, drills, and dental equipment necessary for every dentist to do their job.
One way that costs can be reduced, is by taking shortcuts. This can lead to serious health risks. If these shortcuts, often unthinkable in wealthy developed countries, are used by less than meticulous practitioners overseas, you could be gambling with your health.
Australia’s Department of Heath actively ensures that all X-ray equipment used by dental professionals in Australia is licensed and maintained. The X-ray units are calibrated in order to reduce the amount of radiation dosage a patient receives. Also, this ensures that the equipment is not leaking radiation.
Moreover, the Department of Health requires that all surgery walls are lead-lined in order to prevent the spread of radiation. One popular clinic in Thailand takes up to 30 CT scan each day in a small room next to a surgery with no lead lining in the wall dividing the two rooms. Spending two hours in that dental chair can involve 6 to 7 CT scans, which emits a radiation level that is equivalent to over 250 chest x-rays.
An unsuspecting patient, lured by low-cost treatment, might have no idea that they are exposed to radiation, which can be as high as 250 x-rays, and wouldn’t even know to ask about it.
The reuse of hypodermic needles can also be problem in overseas dental clinics, where standard operating procedures may not be up to par with practices in domestic dental facilities.
When you suffer malpractice or substandard dental treatment in the domestic market, there are established laws and industry standards, and a strong legal system to fall back on regarding compensation for any pain and suffering you experienced.
The industry standards and legal systems overseas may not be as strict regarding medical liability. Even if the laws are well written, they may not be enforced stringently.
Dealing with medical and legal entities overseas includes navigating a foreign language, added requirements for foreigners (such as required local legal representation), and possibly a slow bureaucratic system. Corruption can also be an unmanageable problem in attaining your desired outcomes.
DON’T TAKE UNNECESSARY RISKS
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