When you’re confronted with a perplexing and potentially expensive dental issue, isn’t it great to have a dentist that is your best friend, trusted advisor, and also an experienced, dedicated professional? Isn’t that fantastic?
Sadly very few people have the luxury of having such a great friend.
For most of us, life is a little different. Maybe we have a dentist that we have used for several years. But that doesn’t really make him a trusted friend. Others of us have only been to our dentist a few times for cleanings, and have never really dealt with the dentist. Some of us have moved to a new location and have no idea who is a good dentist and who might be less than scrupulous.
Considering a trip to Southeast Asia to save money on dental work?
In recent years, traveling abroad in search of more affordable dental care has been gaining popularity dramatically. The high cost of medical services in Australia, combined with more affordable travel in recent decades has given rise to a whole industry: medical tourism.
The allure of cheaper dental procedures combined with an exotic vacation can be very tempting. There are even travel agencies that will handle most of the details for you.
Sounds great, right? What could go wrong?
Now more than ever, more Australians are avoiding dental care because of dental visit costs, or not getting treated because they can not afford it.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 45% of adults (aged 25 – 45) delayed or avoided dental care because of the cost in 2013. That is up from an already appalling 25% in 1994.
The increase was despite the fact that inflation in Australia has been mostly static and even decreasing a little for the last 15 years.