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The Real Cost of Medical Tourism

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

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Spinal Fusion

Traveling to India for spinal surgery sounds painful in and of itself. Once you get there, though, you'll find experts for problems of the spine such as broken vertebrae, spinal deformity and lower back pain. "Most major countries don't have specialists in spinal fusion, and U.S. doctors often don't want to take the risk," says Medical Tourism's Deepak Datta. The risk is that by fusing a section of the vertebrae, stress is transferred to other areas of the spine that could cause more damage. The Wockhardt Brain and Spine Hospital in Mumbai is one option to consider. Closer to home, hospitals in Costa Rica can also do the job.

$100,000: Cost of spinal fusion surgery in the U.S.
$6,500: Cost in India

Closer to home:
$11,500: Cost in Costa Rica