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Thursday, June 12, 2014


Dental Tourism Report by CNBC

Medical and dental tourism — where patients struggling to afford or find the right treatment at home head overseas — is booming, with many countries jostling to offer high-quality health care at a good price. In 2013, around 900,000 Americans traveled overseas for treatment. And that number looks set to increase: 50 million Americans were either uninsured or underinsured for health care in 2013, according to the U.S.'s Medical Tourism Resource Guide.
However, health tourism is not the preserve of Americans — around 8 million patients from across the world seek overseas treatment each year, contributing to a global industry worth $24-$40 billion, says Patients Beyond Borders.

Reasons other than cost to travel overseas for health care include better treatment, as well as avoiding long waiting lists and dodging questions from colleagues and family.
Dentistry and cosmetic treatments in particular are commonly sought abroad.  The most popular destinations for health care tourism, according to providers including Patients Beyond Borders and consultancies such as Deloitte include Mexico, Thailand and the Philippines.

In Mexico Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Tijuana/San Diego and Manila are among the most visited for dental tourism with Manila dentists nearly surpassing Bangkok due to ongoing political conflict in Thailand and martial law being declared in June 2014.

By CNBC's Katy Barnato,  Data provided by Thomson - Reuters



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