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Medical Tourism is bad for the locals?

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11. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Its scary... sometimes having the insurance will make it more dangerous. I have very strong teeth, its genetic, but that time I had dental insurance from my company, so an evil Filipino dentist asked me to exploit my dental card, by telling me I needed some procedures, which only remove a part of a very healthy tooth. Now I may be the 1st person in my CLAN to get a root canal.

My friend in China was hospitalized and he is Brit, so they really gave her a long bill. My Chinese friends came to the hospital and pointed out 5 items that were never used. He had insurance, so they kept him in for a longer time.

12. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 8y

I would guess that scores of people have left hospitals in Thailand thinking they have received wonderful treatment, without realising that all or part of it was totally unnecessary....or they didn’t even receive it.

The hospitals rely on peoples’ gullibility and vulnerability whilst abroad coupled with a lack of medical knowledge, then they exploit this to the benefit of their business.

Why give a pill when you can charge for a whole operation?

13. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting wildfk

Why give a pill when you can charge for a whole operation?

We bitch at the poor tuktuk drivers,just trying to rob us a few baths to feed his children, But we allow these men in white to rob us big time. They don't just steal money, they steal our health.

I paid a lot of MONEY in macau for a tooth filling that lasted for less than 30 days. A fake dentist in Chinese rural area charged practically nothing and it lasted for 5 months.

But the medical tourist or even backpackers are so happy to pay... they say its so cheap. They always forget I dont make dollars even if I worked for American companies, doing a white man's job.

14. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 8y

I have no idea what you mean by white man's job" but it IS a point to bear in mind that dental work in Thailand is often only meant to last for a relatively short length of time compared to standard western dentistry. I've even been asked how long I want it to last!

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 14, 2008, at 12:20 AM by wildfk ]

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