Considering the ridiculous cost of health care in the United States these days, the surge in medical tourism in recent years is hardly surprising.
And, make no mistake, it is surging.
According to Patients Beyond Borders, almost 1.5 million Americans traveled to a foreign country last year to save money on a medical procedure. That’s about a 10-fold increase from a decade ago.
What’s more, the global market for medical tourism is expected to grow as much as 25% a year, led by the emergence of countries such as Costa Rica, Brazil and India as cost-friendly destinations.
Savings can range anywhere from 20% to 90%.
Of course, you’ve probably heard the disastrous tales of plastic surgeries or dental work gone wrong. Nobody would blame you for your skepticism.