With health care costs continuing to rise in the U.S., many Americans are choosing to go south of the border for major surgeries and prescription drugs.
Roughly 900,000 Americans left the country in 2013 seeking medical care abroad, according to Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders.
“I had one quote for $60,000 U.S. that a patient needed for some restorative dentistry,” says Woodman. “If you add a plane ticket and some hotels to a $30-40,000 differential, then the savings are very significant.”
Woodman has put together a website where consumers can shop for doctors in Mexico, Costa Rica and elsewhere.
“There are over 600 joint commissioned international hospitals that have been accredited around the world that give patients options for almost any conceivable kind of medical care at the standards you would find in the United States,” he says.
However, he warns you still need to do your due diligence before booking a flight.
“You have options, very good high-quality options, low-cost options across the border, but you have to do your homework and make sure you're getting quality care and then work on getting the right price,” says Woodman.