[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][dt_fancy_image type=”” lightbox=”0″ align=”right” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”-25px” margin_right=”0″ margin_left=”0″ width=”200″ height=”” animation=”none” media=”” image_alt=”TRAVEL TROUBLE FOR TEETH” hd_image=”” image=”http://www.br17001.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/TRAVEL-TROUBLE-FOR-TEETH.jpg”][/dt_fancy_image]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?
Things to keep in mind before booking overseas dental treatment:
You are vulnerable overseas
Your time, knowledge of the culture, language, and legal system are all more limited than in your homeland. The doctors know that. They may tell you one thing before you start, and then a different thing after treatment has begun.
The “unexpected complication” that you suddenly have to make a decision about, while you’re sitting in the dentist chair, can be a lot more difficult to deal with under the pressure of a departure deadline, than at home where you have time to think about it and/or seek a second opinion.
Unscrupulous dentists know this, and can take advantage of the fact.
The doctor may not be qualified
The medical training that your overseas doctor and staff have received may be substandard. It’s possible that their degrees and certificates could be counterfeit. There may not be regulatory agencies that are diligent in policing the medical industry for fraud in that country, or they could be corrupt.
When you are under anaesthesia, your jaw is completely numb, you can’t see what your dentist is drilling on, and the procedure is taking too long, that is not the time to have doubts about your dentist’s credentials and ethics.
Many aspects of dental work depend solely on the talent and skill of the dentist. His knowledge, experience, and hand eye coordination can mean the difference between a crown that lasts a lifetime and one that lasts only a few weeks due to infection or poor installation.
Talented professionals often gravitate to locations that offer higher income. Locations with lower salaries may not attract many highly trained and talented doctors as much.
Laboratory work may be substandard
The dentist’s office may look professional and modern, but what about the lab where the crown, dentures, etc. are being manufactured? They may use shoddy materials, short-cut methods, or poor quality control.
No matter how good your dentist is, if the materials he is working with are substandard, your dental work will be substandard.
If a crown or denture is poorly made, there may not be time in your schedule to wait for it to be remade.
Sanitation standards may be subpar
Water and air quality may not be as high overseas as at home in Australia. Civic and professional regulatory agencies may not being as diligent overseas. Infection is one of the major causes of failed dental treatments.
You should be very careful about the sanitary conditions at any dentist’s office, and even more so overseas where cultural practices might raise the risk of infection. Sanitation practices need to be strictly followed at all stages of your treatment.
You may not have legal recourse
If something goes terribly wrong, resulting in irreparable damage to your teeth, or if fixing the damage is extremely expensive, you may not have any legal recourse against malpractice as a foreigner.
If you are able to take legal action, you may be at a severe disadvantage due to language differences and/or legal limitations placed upon you by a foreign justice system.
Attempting to recover damages could be more trouble than it’s worth, making giving-up a more attractive legal path than fighting. Of course, the foreign doctor will also realize that.
Your insurance may not cover your procedures
While some insurance companies may cover some of the costs of dental work done abroad, many do not. Those which do, may have strict contingencies that you may not be aware of or have time to fully research.
You may have to return for follow up treatment
The originally straightforward treatment that you signed up for, may not be so straightforward after you’re in the dentist chair, or if there are complications resulting from the procedure, competent or not.
Unexpected complications may result in your need to return for follow up treatment. A single second visit can rob you of any savings that you might have hoped for by going overseas. An unexpected follow up treatment at home won’t cost you a round trip ticket and hotel stay.
WHEN CONSIDERING A TRIP OVERSEAS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT REMEMBER: BUYER BEWARE!
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