With healthcare costs going through the roof and insurance paying for less and les sthese days, many people are opting to get their surgery done in cheaper locales. B2.0's Krysten Crawford investigates:
This year alone, upwards of 500,000 Americans are expected to travel overseas to get their bodies fixed, at prices 30 to 80 percent less than at home.
Medical tourism, as the practice is known, is rapidly becoming the top choice for consumers who grapple with hefty medical bills. Adult Americans who are either uninsured or considered "underinsured" number more than 61 million - a figure that's likely to soar in coming years.
With places like Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, India, the Philippines, and Thailand pitching their low-cost care, Americans are expected to help turn global medical tourism into a $40 billion-a-year industry by 2010"
The part I love is that the companies who package these trips to exotic locales tell their ailing customers: "While you are there recuperating, make a vacation out of it."