The primary draw for dental tourism is the savings afforded for prospective patients. Citizens of large economy nations travel to developing nations where the cost of healthcare is low despite the fact that local dentists are expertly-trained and on-site equipment is state-of-the-art. Savings are attributed to the low cost of administration and labor in these countries.
An added incentive, these dental patients can recuperate in exotic destinations and maintain the spending power to pamper themselves during their stay. Those receiving inpatient procedures can afford lavish facilities at significant savings compared to dental work at a standard clinic in their home country.
Dental tourists seek procedures ranging from root canals to dental implants. Of course, relatively inexpensive procedures like simple cleanings or cavity fillings don’t usually warrant traveling outside your home country.
Many insurance packages offered through employers don’t offer sufficient coverage for dental work, meaning patients have to pay the bulk (if not all) of their expenses themselves. These costs are often prohibitively expensive.
Given exorbitant prices for dental operations in the United States and the United Kingdom, patients from these countries are increasingly seeking dental care away from home. In some cases, unrealistic waiting lists also drive patients across national boundaries.
Recovery time is usually short for dental work, even when the procedure is relatively invasive. For this reason, outpatients can travel to a vacation destination, receive dental work and then spend the remainder of their time enjoying a vacation—all for less than the price of receiving dental work at home.