In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Medical Vacations: The
Retiree Health-Care Solution?
the Western Hemisphere, Costa Rica is currently the "in" destination
for travelers, especially for
dental and cosmetic surgery needs. You can schedule online and
receive a custom-made package, appointment and prices in your email
years, people in the American Southwest have capitalized on the
high-quality dental work available south of the border for a
fraction of U.S. prices. Now more people are traveling to
Guadalajara in Mexico for body augmentation and other surgeries,
too. Many of the doctors there are U.S.-trained, and the equipment
is top of the line. (We know, because we've used it.)
Asia, one of the world's most acclaimed hospitals is located in
Bangkok, Thailand. Bumrungrad looks more like a five-star hotel than a medical
facility -- until you get to the third floor. World leaders from
around the globe fly here for medical procedures.
website is user-friendly, as is its professional, English-speaking
staff. The hospital has more than 200 surgeons who are
board-certified in the United States. We have quipped many times
that the cheapest health care plan is an air ticket to Bangkok.
close by is the
Bangkok Heart Hospital. Both of these facilities are
located in the center of the city, with easy access to shopping and
attractions. If necessary, they will arrange your hotel stay along
with the medical procedure you're having performed, all without
waiting times or disqualifications. Your entire extensive physical
will be done in one morning, with your blood results and
consultation that afternoon. In and out in a single day. How's that
Is it safe?
Many people interested in medical tourism are concerned about the
quality and safety of going abroad for technical and complex medical
care, and how to get post-operative care once they return home. All
of the hospitals mentioned here use the latest equipment and are
either internationally accredited facilities or have U.S.-trained
physicians on staff. Some U.S. health plans also provide an in-state
network of physicians who will treat a patient who's gone abroad for
medical care. The one thing that sets these hospitals apart from
many of their U.S. counterparts is their attention to customer
service -- they are professional and courteous in a way you rarely
see anymore at home.
According to 2005 statistics from the University of Delaware,
Escorts Heart Institute in Delhi and Faridabad, India,
performs nearly 15,000 heart operations every year, and the death
rate among patients during surgery is only 0.8 percent -- less than
half that of most major hospitals in the United States. India also
has top-notch centers for
hip and knee replacement, cosmetic
dentistry, bone marrow transplants, and
Virtually all of these clinics are equipped with the latest
electronic and medical diagnostic equipment.
Sounds good, but what's the cost?
Even though you get high-quality care at these hospitals, prices are
quite a bit lower than what you'll find in the U.S. Several sources
report big cost savings in recent years for many procedures. For
example, coronary angiography in Bangkok costs less than $2,000. A
metal-free dental bridge that runs $5,500 in the U.S. costs about
$500 in India, and a knee replacement in Thailand with six days of
physical therapy costs about a fifth of what it would in the States.
Cosmetic surgery savings are even greater. A full facelift that
might cost $16,000 - $20,000 in the U.S. runs on average about
attraction is straightforward. The costs for everything from
facelifts, dental implants,
stem cell therapy or hormone therapy to reverse the
effects of aging can be one-half or less for comparable procedures
in the States. Have your surgery, then recover and recuperate in a
beautiful mountain setting or at a resort hotel.
procedures can be found online, letting you know what's included in
the cost. The figure quoted to you will cover everything, including
follow-up visits. There are no hidden charges, and the price
includes the room, doctor, and staff.
you'd like to retire soon, but you're held back by health-care
issues, or if you've got the health-care blues and need a holiday
break, why not do some research online and take a vacation?
when it's time to recover, don't forget your suntan lotion.
information on this topic, see our
Top Ten Questions and Answers on Medical Tourism
and visit our
Medical Tourism Page.
About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.
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