Is Medical Tourism Safe?
Generally, when people ask if going abroad for surgery is safe what they really want to know is “Is it as safe as if I went to my local doctor or hospitaland our answer to that question is a resounding yes. Costa Rica medical care is ranked superior on average to that of the united states, with one caveat however that the patient does his or her homework, picks a good doctor or surgeon and facility and plans the trip wisely. On the whole our Medical Tourism patients tend to do more research than their counterparts in the states meaning our clients tend to be better prepared with our help and guidance.In general, hospitals and other medical facilities that cater to international patients pride themselves on meeting the highest international standards, and even compete with each other to offer amenities. Many are new, or relatively so. Information on them is widely available on the Internet. However, in the case of smaller practices – for example, some of those for cosmetic surgery or dentistry – it is particularly important to get independent reviews or first-hand accounts from patients who have been there before.
What are the qualifications of the doctors.?
The schooling, training and board certification processes for physicians and surgeons is similar from country to country. In fact most of the surgeons we work with have had some training abroad. We only provide trusted and best plastic surgeons to ensure the safety of your procedure.
All of our hospitals have received international accreditation from world bodies making this process even easier for the client.
What medical services are available?
Any from the simplest to the most serious life-saving procedures.
This is not to say that all services are available everywhere at uniformly high quality everywhere. The quality of plastic surgery is renowned in Central and South America, and sought after internationally. Most medical issues are fairly uniform and most international hospitals are experienced in dealing with the range of human maladies. I would like to have surgery performed abroad.
Will my health insurance cover me if I have complications?
Quite possibly it will not. One of the things that anyone who is contemplating surgery abroad should do is check with their insurance company on what care, if any, is covered under this circumstance.
Some medical tourists may wish to buy additional insurance. Those without insurance should make sure they have the resources to extend their trip, in the event of complications, until they are fit to travel.
Some of the top international hospitals will provide corrective care or damages in the case of medical malpractice or undesirable outcomes. Patients should ask each hospital that they are considering about their particular policies.
A recent option that provides additional security and financial insurance for patients is “complications insurance”. This is an optional insurance policy that covers the cost of medical care and travel in the event of a complication resulting from the medical procedure or surgery.
Can I finance my procedure?
Several finance companies exist that will finance the cost of a procedure and travel expenses. These are typically installment loans and have terms from 3 to 7 years. Usually loan fees and points are charged along with interest on the loan.
What are the prices?
Prices for medical services vary from country to country, and no medical decision should ever be made solely based on costs. Compared to the U.S., prices range from about 30 percent to 80 percent less, depending on where one goes. A facelift that might be $12,000 in New York might cost $3,000 in Costa rica. Again, a prospective patient has a range of options – including price – when deciding where to go.
Why is medical care in some countries so cheap?
Medical care outside of the U.S. and the so-called developed nations of the world is less expensive for much the same reasons it is less expensive to produce DVD players or textiles abroad; they have less expensive land; it is less expensive to put up a building, they have lower labor costs, lower taxes, lower administrative costs, lower insurance rates and so on. It is a mistake to single out any one thing as being responsible for the difference.
DENTAL IMPLANT FAQ’S
What are dental implants and what can they do for me?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling you will forget you ever lost a tooth
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or bridges?
Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health?
Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They’ll allow you to say good-bye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy glues
The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth.
What is treatment like?
This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your implantologist. Your implantologist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your implantologist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
First, the implant, which looks like a screw or cylinder, is placed into your jaw. Over the next two to six months, the implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site.
Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implant and attach an extension. This small metal post, called an abutment, completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
There are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require this second step. Your implantologist will advise you on which system is best for you. Finally, a replacement tooth called a crown will be created for you by your dentist and attached to the abutment. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak.
What can I expect after treatment?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-fee, brushing and flossing still apply!
After treatment, your implantologist will work closely with you and your dentist to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
Will implants last a lifetime?
Few things last forever. Every case depends on the individual patient. Generally, the current overall dental health of the patient and the condition of the bone structure remaining in the jaws are important factors in determining long-term success rates. Of course, everyone needs regular visits to their dentists, and this is particularly important for dental implant patients.
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