The rise of dental tourism

CHOICE investigates why some consumers are going overseas to save money on their dental treatment.
 
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04.What to look for

What to look out for if you consider going overseas

  • Research online or try and visit the hospital beforehand. Look for a review or for places recommended by expatriates living in that country. Many hospitals provide background details on their dentists, including qualifications and where they trained. 
  • Ask questions Ask for a full treatment plan and about the time frame as well as the total costs. 
  • Make time Don’t book an inflexible airfare or limited annual leave as you may need to stay longer than expected. 
  • Accept that you may need to go back for more work and you may lose the savings you made initially. 

If you stay at home...

  • Extras insurance will help pay for some dental costs, but it won’t pay for everything. 
  • Set up a fund if extras insurance is too costly, consider putting aside money each month for future dental costs. It takes discipline, but the alternative is far worse. 
  • Check the details Serious oral and maxillofacial surgery may fall under your hospital insurance. 
  • Look after your teeth Good preventative dental care will help avoid problems in the first place. 
 

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