As dental costs continue to rise, many people are choosing to travel globally for affordable dental care.
Recent case studies are showing that millions of Americans are not getting enough dental care. An estimated 130 million Americans currently do not have dental insurance according to a report from Sen. Bernie Sanders given to Congress in 2012. This number is alarmingly high, especially given that oral health is vital to a person’s overall physical health with conditions such as gum disease potentially leading to heart disease.
What’s more alarming is according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of dental care continues to increase faster than the rate of inflation and faster than all medical services (except hospital and nursing home care). As a result, Americans continue to risk their own health by not seeing the dentist and many others are now looking abroad to seek the care that they need.
5 reasons why dental tourism really works:
1. High quality dental work
By traveling abroad, a patient can receive the same or higher quality dental care than at home.
2. Unable to afford dental treatment
If a patient cannot afford the price of dental treatment in their own country, then they can travel abroad to save on average 50-70% on their dental treatments.
A Dental Implant in the United States Costs around $3000 USD Vs A Dental Implant in Mexico, which costs $800 USD. This is on average around $2,200 USD savings.
3. No dental insurance coverage
With 50-70% savings on dental care, a patient without insurance can afford a high quality dental treatment in countries such as Mexico and Thailand.
4. Save money for more fun activities
Why spend money on your teeth when you can take the savings and use it for something you truly enjoy such as a vacation.
5. Explore the globe
You can receive quality dental care all over the globe with great savings in Central and South America, Eastern Europe and South East Asia. This is a great way to pay for your travel with the savings on your dental care!
Dental Departures insights
In 2013, Dental Departures helped around 520,00 Americans cross international borders into Mexico for dental care. In 2015 Dental Departures projects a growth rate of approximately 30%, says Paul McTaggart, CEO of Dental Departures.
The numbers cannot be wrong. Dental Departures has booked tens of thousands of appointments for dental care in Mexico over the past 2.5 years.
Patients experience a 50-70% saving on their dental care in Mexico vs. dentistry in the USA. These savings vary by clinic/dental procedure and does not include the cost of travel. In the majority of cases US dental insurance (*varies by provider) will reimburse dental care in Mexico. The clinics in Mexico will complete the paperwork from the dental insurance provider and the patient will be reimbursed after submitting the receipts & paperwork from the dentist.
The most popular dental procedures for Americans patients visiting a dentist in Mexico are Dental Implants, Crowns, Veneers, Fillings and Extractions; and the top destinations for Americans to get dental care in Mexico are: Tijuana, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas and Los Algodones.
Getting dental care in Mexico is safe. You will find highly trained dentists, state-of-the-art facilities and excellent customer care service. Dental Departure’s partner clinics in Mexico have been pre-screened using a 4-step process: a site visit, a quality survey, online reputation & dental license verification.
The chances of something going wrong is a rare occurrence based on our experience: Dental Departures sees an error rate of 0.5%. In these extreme cases, Dental Departures acts as the advocate for the patient and will make sure the Mexico dentist fixes the problem & reimburse the patient.