Just a reminder that if you’re facing the prospect of a major dental bill… medical tourism is an option for you, too, as one veteran found out when he needed some new crowns put in:
His local quote was $14,000 for the work.
“When I left the office, I jokingly said maybe I should go to Costa Rica and get it done. A woman in the office said I wouldn’t want to go there. I would be sorry,” Russell said.
“But I actually did have a friend in Costa Rica,” Russell added. “I talked to her about it. I did some research, and then she hooked me up with a female dentist, Dr. Maria Castro.”
They talked, and Castro came up with a figure of $250 a crown.
Russell had the work done about six weeks ago, staying at an upscale San Jose hotel where he was treated with great civility by the staff.
“They knew I was there for dental work, so they made sure they helped me back and forth,” he said.
Back home, and having saved himself $11,300 for the same procedures, Russell is ambivalent about his experience. He receives medical assistance because he is a military veteran, but not dental assistance.
“The big thing with me is why so much is being charged in the States,” he said. “It’s a shame to have to go out of the country. I don’t pay their (the dentists’ bills) so I don’t know, but what about the people who simply can’t afford treatment? They have to live with bad teeth, which is one of the worst things that could happen to anybody.”
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