How Much Does Laser Eye Surgery Cost in Different Countries?
Corrective vision surgery can give you 20/20 vision, but often has to be paid out of pocket. We investigate how much it costs in many must-see (pun intended!) destinations
Vicky Taylor wanted to see the world, but first she needed to be able to see.
As citizen of Sweden, Vicky was entitled to the tax-funded national healthcare system, ranked best in the world in 2010. However, as is the case in many countries with nationalized healthcare systems, "unnecessary" procedures such as corrective eye surgerie...
Don't Get Your Teeth Pulled—Get a Passport
Millions of Americans get their teeth pulled when they can't afford to see a dentist. But good dental work can be much more affordable than they think.
“I am trying to think that this is not demeaning,” a recently-written Washington Post articlequotes Dee Matello. She's talking about free dental clinic she attended, in which thousands of America's working poor showed up and waited in line, some for over ten hours, to see a dentist. The people waiting in line, some for two days, were for...
8 Things to do in Thailand in Between Dental Cleanings
An American couple take the money they would have spent on a dentist in the US and put it towards a vacation—and some dental work—in Chiang Mai, Thailand
The World's Wettest Festival
The time is Songkran, the world's largest water fight. This is Thailand's new year celebration, an annual festival that has left the streets sopping wet and bursting with a running, shrieking, dancing, mob littered with brightly colored shirts and water pistols, or—if you're unlucky—freezing-cold ...
Is Medical Tourism as Good as Healthcare in the US?
Shouldn't you be asking: is my local care the best I can get? Is "close enough" good enough?
Americans tend to assume that they have the best medical care in the world. This idea is very far from true, and research demonstrating why is not hard to find. The time the US consistently makes it to the top of the list is when the question is, “Who spends the most money?” Otherwise, American healthcare tends to rank around the middle at ...
A Critical History of Medical Tourism
Medical tourism can save money and your life, but it's important that you do your research
I. Medical Tourism in Antiquity
As early as ancient times medical travelers journeyed for their health. The Ancient Greeks erected Asclepia Temples to honored their god of medicine, Asclepius, from whom the medical symbol of the snake entwined around a stick originates. Approximately 5,000 years ago pilgrims traveled to In...
Digital Nomad Healthcare Solution: Medical Tourism
An unintentional medical tourist finds that she prefers medical services abroad to at home
What motivated you to seek out medical travel?
I didn't. It was never my plan to look for medical travel, or "medical tourism"; It just happened. I had already been traveling for a few years—my partner writes a travel blog so we're always travelling somewhere—and there were a couple of times when I got sick. It wasn't so serious t...