BY JOHN DORSCHNER — Miamiherald.com — jdorschner@MiamiHerald.com — Picture: Plastic surgery in Colombia by doctor O. Alarcón.
Hammered by lack of insurance and high prices for healthcare, many Americans are looking overseas for care.
No one has exact numbers, but the new Medical Tourism Association, based in West Palm Beach, estimates that hundreds of thousands of Americans are now traveling out of the country for care.
Prime example: Madeline Del Sol of Pembroke Pines. With no insurance, she needed extensive dental work, including an implant, root canals and fillings replaced. South Florida dentists gave her estimates of $11,000 and $13,000.
A Colombian friend suggested she go to Barranquilla, and recommended a dentist. Del Sol was impressed by how warmly she was treated. “I felt like a human being. In the United States, I’m just a dollar sign.” >>Read more…