Side-by-Side Medical Comparison

As you know, Billy and I have been proponents of Medical Tourism for decades. We see the value and convenience of medical treatment in other countries which has made a considerable impression on us over the years. It has been our position to share these options with our readers.

Recently, a world-traveling friend of ours who lives in Dallas, Texas gave us this side-by-side comparison of making a doctor’s appointment for a skin condition both in Dallas and then again for the same treatment in Bangkok, Thailand.

side by side

Quality Medical Care in Many Countries

Take a look

Dermatologist
Dallas:
Not available for three months, unless you’re a previous patient.
Bangkok: Available within 20 minutes, without appointment.

Facility
Dallas:
PrimaCare Clinic.  Two doctors on duty.
Bangkok:Bumrungrad International Hospital. World Class Facility.

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Waiting time:

Dallas: Almost 5 hours … 3/1/2 in the main waiting room and then another hour in the examination room.
Bangkok: 20 minutes.

Waiting time for prescription medication
Dallas:
First pharmacy told me I’d have to wait an hour for them to fill the prescription so drove to a second pharmacy. Still had to wait 30 minutes. Total time consumed, including drive time, 1 1/2 hours.
Bangkok: Pharmacy within the clinic … medication delivered 10 minutes after seeing doctor.

Cost
Dallas:
$150 doctor’s fee, $50 “extra services” fee, $100 for medication
Bangkok: $30 doctor’s fee, $10 “clinic fee, $100 for medication

Total cost in time and money and effort
Dallas:
6 hours, $350 and frustration piled upon frustration.
Bangkok: Less than an hour, $140 and service and courtesy to boot.

Personally, we don’t need any convincing, but perhaps this will give you another glimpse into this alternative for your Medical Planning for Retirement.

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About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired two decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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