Overseas Health Care

Many people who lack health insurance are looking overseas to find less expensive health care. If you decide to do that be sure to check out the doctor’s certification, and the hospital where you will have the procedure.

More and more people who lack health insurance are going over seas for elective surgery. Package prices in other countries are much less than the same package in the U.S. Even factoring in the air fare, hotel stay and a companion, say in Thailand, it can still be half as much.

But, you must check out the qualifications of the doctor doing the surgery and the hospital where the procedure will take place. For help go to; or World Hospital Finder. To find your other expenses go to, Budget Tool. They will help you figure everything from your hotel expenses to your airfare. Just fill in the blanks and compare having surgery in the states to any other country of your choice.

You can go to this site to view how a New Mexican contractor went to India for not one but three surgeries. Video: Brad Barnum’s Journey.

Here are some of the package prices in other countries compared to the U.S.

Hip Replacement in the U.S. is $33,000-57,000. In India it is $10,200. In Thailand it is $12, 700. In Singapore it is $12,000. In Taiwan it is $8,800.

Prostate Surgery in the U.S. is $10,000-16,000. In India it is $3,600. In Thailand it is $4,400. In Singapore it is $5,300. In Taiwan it is $2,750.

Coronary Artery Bypass in the U.S. is $70,000-133,000. In India it is $7,000. In Thailand it is $22,000. In Singapore it is $16,300. In Taiwan it is $27,500.

Face Lift in the U.S. is $10,500-16,000. In India it is $4,800. In Thailand it is $5,000. In Singapore it is $7,500. In Taiwan it is $8,500.

Bypass surgery with Heart Valve Replacement in the U.S. $75,000-140,000. In India it is $9,500. In Singapore it is $22,000. In Taiwan it is $30,000.

Knee Replacement in the U.S. is $30,000-53,000. In India it is $9,200. In Thailand it is $11,500. In Singapore it is $9,600. In Taiwan it is $10.000.

Gastric Bypass in the U.S. is $35,000-52,000. In India it is $9,300. In Singapore it is $16,500. In Taiwan it is $10,200.

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  1. Here in Canada, the government give all the health benefits people might need. Though, it varies. Good information. Thanks for posting.

  2. I am in Canada as well but I do remember before government health care coverage. We didn’t go to the doctor as much as some of us do now. That’s about the time doctors stopped making house calls too.

    This is great information for anyone who needs it. What a difference between the U.S. surgery prices and the overseas countries.

  3. Excellent information there!

  4. Wow, you can save money probably traveling. I guess it’s just most important to make sure the safety guidelines are the same. This is good information and you must have done a lot of research. Nice job!

  5. it’s really very expensive to live in America,
    nice research Ruby and thanks for sharing

  6. wow! i never knew any of that would be soo expensive!

  7. Wow, some great data you have amassed. However, a word of warning, all that glitters is not gold. The US health system is an expesnive one. But partly because it is a litigious society. If you leg is slightly longer or shorter after hip replacement, which is very common and quite hard to overcome, and is rarley an issue to the patient, the patient will still sue. This type of thing bumps the prices up significantly.
    Infection is the worst possibility after joint replacement surgery. In the US the rate of infection would be around 1% or less. That is still 1 in every hundred. When I visited Thailand admittedly 10 years ago, there were dogs in the wards!
    And all implant themselves are not the same.’
    How do you check the qualifications of overseas surgeons when they do not conform to the US or even English standards for comparison?
    What about on going care and treatment?
    What about after care support from family?
    I am not saying it is bad and there may be no alternative for uninsured people I agree, but do your homework thoroughly.
    A place like New Zealand which does conform to all top level standards, has surgeon to surgeopn review, etc and is a nice place to go, and the US dollar buys more, you can get a hip replacment for around the 12,000USD mark and know you are safe.
    Even a Triond writer there may be able too help you out!
    Best wishes Ruby.

  8. Thank you friends for your interest. I have to agree with Shaun. Be very careful about any where you have surgery. I would certainly have a doctor who would do the follow up and I would not want to have surgery or treatment of any kind where dogs were allowed.

    One question for Darlene and Myst: Do you get the care you need in Canada? I have read about long waits to see a doctor or to have life saving treatment. What is your opinion about that?

  9. I have been watching a TV show that was comparing the costs of procedures and India came up with glowing references but you must do your homework. Thailand was okay as long as you checked the surgeon out and were careful the ongoing treatment and after surgical care was appropriate, there were some troubles here. I guess that was the other side of the story. Nice article and very topical with medical expenses being what they are.

  10. Excellent information.

  11. This will be wonderful for anyone who is having elective surgery.
    You can hire a private nurse and still have money left over.

  12. I wouldn’t think of going out of this country to have surgery. It just wouldn’t occur to me.

  13. With the UK suffering problems within the NHS a lot of Brits are looking elsewhere in Europe, we have used clinics here in Cyprus and I am impressed with the Doctors (many trained in USA and UK) and the prices here. I worked in the NHS and I would not go back for treatment now. Thanks for a great article

  14. There is talk of social medicine here and I have thought it would be a good thing because so many people cannot afford medical insurance and therefore do not recieve medical care. I am not sure that we need it after seeing your comments. Maybe we need another plan altogether. Thank you all again.

  15. Affordable Health Care Does medical tourism really offer affordable health care options? Or is it just a marketing gimmick for baby boomers?

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