Costa Rica News – In recent years, dental costs have risen faster than inflation. And since only 55% of U.S. residents have dental insurance that means half of us are paying cash out-of-pocket for dental work. Even if you have insurance, you are probably paying 50% of your costs when you factor in deductibles and co-pays.
Make that 100% if you go over the usual annual allowance of $1,200. So if you need a significant amount of dental work done, the answer could be treatment out of the country, where costs run about 30% to 50% of U.S. prices. In my case, I lost my dental insurance along with my job in the recent recession, and I needed over $2,000 in dental work. Solution: I went online to check out my overseas options.
What I found was amazing. Dental care in countries like Mexico, India, or Costa Rica is a fraction of the U.S. Cost.
Costa Rica is not an island (contrary to popular belief) and it is actually and quicker flight than a lot of domestic flights. If you are looking for dental implants or cosmetic dental work it is worth the 3 to 4 hour flight to Costa Rica.
And no, you won’t be taken to a jungle hut to be treated by a medicine man!
The care is modern and often exceeds standards in the U.S. Since I live in the Midwest, in Ohio, I decided on Costa Rica, as it’s only one time zone over from me. And being just a few hours south of Florida, it’s easy to get there. I sent inquiries to several medical tourism businesses and researched all the doctors and accommodation they offered.
Then it was decision time. I could either go to my home-town dentist, just 10 minutes from my house, and spend $2,100 in a few hours—or I could get the same work done in Costa Rica and have a 10-day vacation for about $2,600…just $500 more…with everything arranged for me. The way I looked at it, it added up to travel money I didn’t know I had!
The total cost for the dental work in Costa Rica was $730. Just over 35% of the total price at my dentist back in Ohio. Plus, the facilities were spotless and the X-ray technology was more modern than what I’ve seen in the States.
There are only 1 or 2 clinics that The Costa Rican Times recommends due to personal experiences there. One is Costa Rica Dental Team which is the only American run clinic in Costa Rica with the highest standards in service and modern facilities. Saving $2500 or more on dental procedures like dental implants with a short flight to paradise is becoming more and more popular.
For a Free Quote on Dental Care from The CR Dental Team, click here.