Are you discouraged from excessive rates for your dental care?
Do you have to live with chewing problems or any other dental problem for the rest of your life?
If you are an elderly person, I have very good news for you.
It is entirely possible to save 50 to 75% on your important dental care, to be treated in a kind, respectful and responsible manner while enjoying the warmth of the Caribbean Sea in Cartagena de Indias in Colombia.
A difficult situation for the elderly
Over 65% of Canadians an Americans have dental insurance, the highest in decades. Even with this rate, however, the elderly population of these countries have been largely overlooked, as almost 90% of the elderly are uninsured for dental care.
One of the main reasons is that dental care is not covered by the government and many employers no longer offer coverage after retirement. In addition, private insurers ask seniors to pay about $ 1,500 per year for dental insurance, but on the other hand, coverage is limited to $ 1,500 per year!
So, many older adults are looking for affordable solutions to save money without neglecting their health and one of these options is dental tourism.
In this article, I will explore with you some of the factors to consider before choosing this solution to travel abroad and since each person is different, you must consult your doctor or have good health before making a final decision.
What is dental tourism?
Dental tourism is a solution for people looking for dental care outside their home country. This process can be as simple as crossing a nearby border or as complex as flying to another continent for several days.
The types of care or treatment available include root canals, extractions, fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges, implants, prosthesis, teeth whitening, etc.
Popular destinations for dental tourism include Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Croatia and Hungary.
What are the advantages for the elderly regarding dental tourism?
Very affordable costs: The vast majority of dental tourists turn to this solution to save money. If you have a dental diagnosis in your country that is over $ 2,000, then you will save even with accommodation and travel costs.
Availability of treatments: Some tourists choose to go to other countries because the waiting list for the dental treatments they need is long and can take several months. In other cases, patients want care in other countries because the dental treatment they want is available immediately or because they are not covered by their health insurance.
Quality of care: Believe it or not, many dental tourists travel abroad for treatment because they know they will receive better care in another country and also a more humane, warm welcome .
The pleasure of travel: A number of tourists find the idea of combining dental treatments with a vacation attractive, especially if the heat and the sea are there.
What are the disadvantages for the elderly regarding dental tourism?
Complications: If something goes wrong with your dental treatments (which is quite rare), you will have few legal remedies in your host country, and none at home. Consider purchasing a medical malpractice insurance policy before traveling.
Language barriers: You may not be able to communicate as effectively with your dentist abroad as you would at home. It is therefore desirable to have someone who helps and accompanies you so that you can translate the information.
The hygienic differences: Make sure that the country chosen for your dental care is well classified according to the World Health Organization concerning their practices and their hygienic system.
Some important points to consider
Get a dental diagnosis in your country first: How can you compare rates if you don’t have a diagnosis from a dentist in Canada, UK or USA? Make sure you understand the dental treatments you want, the recovery time if there are surgeries, activity restrictions and possible contingencies.
Getting to know the dentist abroad: Prepare questions to ask the dentist abroad. Find out if it is licensed and accredited in its country with government evidence. Know where you are going to receive your dental care. Stay a few more days in the country to have time for vacation and time for sudden pain.
Consider traveling with someone: You will need someone to defend your interests, take care of you during your recovery, and help with complications. Your companion should spend most of their time with you, not sightseeing.
Insist on a written agreement for your medical care: Ask for a written contract that explains what care and materials will be provided and how much they cost. Also get a work plan to coordinate your meetings.
A medical questionnaire is required for the dentist: A good idea of the quality of care and professionalism of the dentist can be seen when you have to complete a medical questionnaire in order to publicize your current conditions.
Do not over-plan the tourist part of your trip: You will probably need to rest and avoid doing certain activities in order to heal faster. Don’t pay in advance for sightseeing tours or excursions, but wait until the last minute to make sure.
Take a few extra days abroad: Do your best to plan a few extra days abroad in case your recovery takes longer than expected or if you have pain after dental treatment.
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I take care of everything with my wife, because being an elderly person myself and having lived more than 5 years in Cartagena, the respect of the elderly does not look exactly at all the same respect as in Canada, UK or USA.