IS DENTAL TOURISM RISKY?

Trying a dental tourism trip may possibly be cost effective on expensive treatments such as implants, but there are extra risks. (Especially the extra travel and accommodation expenses; infection control; legal responsibilities; lower standards compared to Australia; no governing bodies).

Should you decide to go overseas for treatment then you need to consider what to do if there is a problem and you need to extend your stay.

Or even worse, if the problem only emerges after you have returned home from overseas.

Some countries have highly competent dentists, but the fact is that there are western standards regulating dentists in our country. These standards can’t beyond your country’s boundaries, so you might not have the option of going to court when things go wrong.

Dentists in your here will most likely refuse to help you as this brings them into the treatment plan for which they most likely won’t be covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Now where do you go?

Back where the work was done?

When it comes to Dental Tourism you need to factor in the following:

  • Travel and accommodation costs to return to the country to get things fixed;
  • Loss of wages while away
  • Legal costs in a foreign country
  • Lower standards in some countries e.g. infection control
  • Quite often the work done overseas has to be replaced due to its poor quality. Now you can really be right down the tube.

It can work well for you but THINK CAREFULLY PRIOR TO EMBARKING ON DENTAL TOURISM.

For further information, go to:  http://www.ada.org.au/oralhealth/dentaltoursimfurtherquestions.aspx