Going Overseas For Quality Medical Care:  Bargain Surgery

Savings Can by HUGE
Heart Bypass - $50,000 less than U.S.
Hip Repair - $30,000 less than U.S.
Spinal Surgery - $40,000 less than U.S.
A half million Americans per year are going overseas for quality medical care, being driven by outrageous medical care costs here in the U.S. and insurance that covers less and less. Patients report very attentive care. Time is as big a factor as money for overseas medical care. Patients frequently wait for weeks or months for a needed medical visit in the U.S. (especially if the insurer is medicaire or medicaid so that the facilities are not paid as much) where patients are generally seen right away in foreign facilities. You can even enjoy a short vacation in your post-procedure recovery period!

Quick References while this page is being built:

    Joint Commission International - evaluates and accredits healthcare facilities

    Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety

    Bumrungrad International Medical Center, Bangkok Thailand

   All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

        Rates for Operative Procedures at AIIMS

   India Medical Tourism



    South Africa


    Dubai - Dubai Surgery is specialized in Plastic surgery, Cosmetic surgery, Laser surgery, Orthopedics surgery, Pediatric general surgery, Obesity Surgery, Migraine surgery, Cosmetic dentistry, Eyes Surgery  and reconstructive surgery in Dubai.

    Costa Rica



    Companion Global Healthcare - gateway to International Medical Care

    Health Travel Agencies:

        Med Journeys

        Med Retreat

        Medical Nomad

        Planet Hospital

        International Medical Care

    "Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody's Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Tourism" - by Josef Woodman, available from Healthy Travel Media, 2007

   Newsweek International - Article on International Medical Care, Oct 2006

   AMEDEX Global Group - emergency travel help & international medical insurance.

Info below from Bumrungrad International compared to Southeastern US Average:
Prostate Surgery

Bangkok  $5-7K U.S.  $35-40K
Root Canal
Bangkok   $320 . U.S.   $900-1K
Hip Replacement
Bangkok  $9K     U.S.   $40-$50K
Spinal Surgery
Bangkok  $6-8K  U.S.   $50-70K
Comprehensive Checkup
Bangkok  $400    U.S.  $2K
Open-Heart Bypass
Bangkok  $10K    U.S.  $60-80K

Airfares: Under $1K to more than $3K round trip from U.S. to Bangkok, economy.  Private Hospital Room: $150 Bangkok vs. up to $1000 U.S.

*Note - Information provided in large part by the American Association of Retired Persons - see http://www.aarp.org/bulletin