The Real Cost of Medical Tourism

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2012-10-24T14:18:10Z

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Dental Implants

To get your teeth as white as Vice President Joe Biden's, you don't need to leave the U.S. If you need a mouthful of dental implants, however, the high cost may justify a trip to Europe. According to Deepak Datta, president of Medical Tourism Corp., Hungary has become a top destination for dental work. The reason: Oral surgeons are highly skilled, yet their salaries are much lower than in the U.S., he says. Closer to home, in Mexico, dental care is hawked on the streets along with fruits and vegetables. While that is no way to find a surgeon, Mexican care can be good and inexpensive.

$2,800: Cost for one dental implant in the U.S.
$1,035: Cost in Hungary -- Fedasz Dental Clinic, Budapest

Closer to home:
$1,800: Cost in Mexico