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Americans flock to Mexico for dentistry
Washington Post ^ | 07/02/07 | Manuel Roig-Franzia

Posted on 07/02/2007 2:58:13 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen

---snip--- Americans travel to Mexico for stomach surgery, eye exams and routine checkups. But it is the dentistas - thousands strung along the border - who are in the vanguard in attracting U.S. health consumers.

Mexican dentists often charge one-fifth to one-fourth of those north of the border. Their operating costs are substantially lower, and because the Mexican legal system makes it almost impossible to sue them, they don't have to worry about high malpractice premiums.

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: comparisonshopping; dentalproblems; dentistry; freemarkets; healthcare; jobs; outsourcing
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1 posted on 07/02/2007 2:58:14 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen

Here it comes-the post “Sicko” rationalization..


2 posted on 07/02/2007 2:59:19 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: Kid Shelleen

“Americans flock to Mexico for dentistry”

Sure they do.


3 posted on 07/02/2007 2:59:27 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: Kid Shelleen

BARF! The Sicko-fication of the Immigration debate.


4 posted on 07/02/2007 3:00:34 PM PDT by SolidWood (UN delenda est.)
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To: vetsvette; Kid Shelleen

I expect most of those are “undocumented” Americans ... although I suppose there are some citizens willing to take a chance on a Mexican dentist to save $50.


5 posted on 07/02/2007 3:01:14 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Let all creation sing of salvation. Let us together give praise forever!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

OMG! Who in their right mind would go across the board and use a Mexican dentist. We don’t need no stinking disinfectant.


6 posted on 07/02/2007 3:01:19 PM PDT by Orange1998 (4 Real)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Cool - Mexico is developing an industry IN Mexico.


7 posted on 07/02/2007 3:01:19 PM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (An American Patriot and an anti-Islam kind of fellow. (POI))
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To: Kid Shelleen

"Licenses? We don't need no stinkin' licenses!"

8 posted on 07/02/2007 3:02:13 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Back home in St. Louis--alert, sitting up, focusing)
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To: Kid Shelleen; MotleyGirl70; Larry Lucido; Rb ver. 2.0; Mr. Brightside; lesser_satan

I think Americans are really going there for the jokes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ythrdCsOFJU


9 posted on 07/02/2007 3:02:41 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: Kid Shelleen

You get what you pay for.


10 posted on 07/02/2007 3:03:33 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

This is too funny.

Please name three flockers who pay mega bucks to travel to another country to save peanuts to have their teeth drilled by untouchable foriegn dentists.

LOL! Wackos!


11 posted on 07/02/2007 3:04:44 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Kid Shelleen

I can feex you up gringo

12 posted on 07/02/2007 3:04:44 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kid Shelleen

It was the biggest mistake I ever made in my live. My teeth look fine but now I trill my R’s.


13 posted on 07/02/2007 3:05:10 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Mexican dentistry is slowly eroding away the sovereignty of the United States!!

The scourge of Mexican dentistry must be stopped!!!


14 posted on 07/02/2007 3:05:50 PM PDT by oneofmany (The Democrat party IS the 5th column)
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To: Kid Shelleen

How about this title, “Americans flock to Mexico for Dysentery”, instead?


15 posted on 07/02/2007 3:06:09 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: cardinal4
"...Their operating costs are substantially lower, and because the Mexican legal system makes it almost impossible to sue them, they don't have to worry about high malpractice premiums..."

Actually, they may have found the cure to our supposed "health care crisis"
16 posted on 07/02/2007 3:06:49 PM PDT by frankenMonkey (An Army Dad)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Well, he does have some pretty white teeth!


17 posted on 07/02/2007 3:08:03 PM PDT by lesser_satan (FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: vetsvette
I was a Customs Inspector on the Mexican Border years ago. Back then, I saw a lot of Americans going to Mexico for medical treatments that either weren’t approved in the U. S. I recall a laetrile clinic for cancer patients that used to bring busloads across the border.

Americans were also going to Mexican Pharmacies for bargains on prescriptions.

It doesn’t surprise me that Americans are going there for dentistry. Even with dental insurance my husband and I are still leaving dental work undone because of the high co-pays.

18 posted on 07/02/2007 3:08:54 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do work American's won't do)
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To: vetsvette

Actually they do. And have been for a very long time. Especially people getting lots of work done. Dentistry is hideously expensive in the US, even if you have good insurance getting multiple crowns or bridges done in the US can cost thousands out of pocket. Add to that the fact that most dentists in the US don’t seem to believe in getting the patient in quick doing the work they request and moving on, instead preferring thorough examinations and giving you a laundry list of problems (which is probably the right thing to do medically, but when a person has a bad tooth they don’t want to talk to the doctor other teeth they just want to deal with the bad tooth), and you’ve got yourself a situation where many people are going to seek alternatives.


19 posted on 07/02/2007 3:09:29 PM PDT by discostu (indecision may or may not be my biggest problem)
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To: Kid Shelleen
cut-rate mexican dentistry. I don’t think so.
20 posted on 07/02/2007 3:09:57 PM PDT by CarryingOn
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To: Kid Shelleen

>> they don’t have to worry about high malpractice premiums

...or doing quality dental work. Nope, none of those inconveniences that make it tough to practice bargain-basement dentistry here in Mejico! Venga!


21 posted on 07/02/2007 3:10:33 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: Orange1998

I watched a television program showing patients who were “butchered” in Mexico by plastic surgeons. Those that survive are screwed up and scared for life. Only idiots would go to Mexico for medical and/or dental treatment. I hate to say it, but one has to be careful here as well, but at least our physicians, hospitals, and dentists are regulated (to some extent). I have a second cousin who lives in Mexico (family immigrated there from Europe around 1915) who went to medical school in Mexico and then came to the US and attended school here as well. He’s the exception; not the rule. Buyer beware, you only get one body and one life.


22 posted on 07/02/2007 3:11:04 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Orange1998

I lived in San Diego for 8 years and I am moving back this month.

I had 3 friends who went to Mexico for dental work. These people were all worth between 5 and 10 million dollars each.

Mexican dentists are excellent and well trained.

John


23 posted on 07/02/2007 3:13:37 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: Kid Shelleen

Beware of the socks drying in the autoclave. :-)


24 posted on 07/02/2007 3:14:33 PM PDT by vietvet67
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To: Kid Shelleen
oh, ok. Yeah we see them pass thru all day. Jest flocks of them holding their jaws.

Whadda bunch of bull.

25 posted on 07/02/2007 3:15:39 PM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Diggity

They all owned second homes in Rosarito and knew who to go too.

John


26 posted on 07/02/2007 3:15:48 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: Kid Shelleen

Well a friend of my mothers did go to greece to get dental work done, the doctor was competent and the price was about a fifth of what she’d get charged here.

I’d probably (if I could afford it) go out of the country myself to get extensive medical treatment. While I’d give mexico or any other south american country the skip I’d probably go to India. From what I understand the private hospitals there are excellent, you get treated like a king and the prices are reasonable by american standards.

Although that is the private sector which normal indians can’t afford, and they flock the overcrowded, filthy, and largely incompetent government clinics. Probably why people get the misperception that the socalized medical systems are so great. You’d never get a suite and a small staff waiting on your for a few thousand dollrs in this country.

But if a bunch of rich spoiled hippies go to a third world country theyget the absolute best and assume the whole system is like that.


27 posted on 07/02/2007 3:16:29 PM PDT by utherdoul
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To: Diggity

I am sure you are right on some but I would not paint it with a broad brush.


28 posted on 07/02/2007 3:16:42 PM PDT by Orange1998 (4 Real)
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To: Doomonyou
I wouldn't assume that medical care is great just because it is expensive. So much of the expense on our side of the border goes to pay greedy trial lawyers (malpractice premiums) and greedy government distribution schemes (subsidized health care for illegal aliens plus others who can't or won't buy insurance).

My wife was diagnosed with cataracts when we were visiting the United States about 10 years ago. They wanted to do the surgery immediately at about $10,000 per eye. Since we were going home to Japan where our insurance was good, I said no. We located an excellent eye surgeon about 90 minutes away and had an appointment the week after we got back.

He did surgery on the eyes about 18 months apart, allowing the better eye ample time to heal and the poorer eye to "exercise" during the recovery stage. The actual eyesite improvement was better than what had been promised by the California surgeon.

Our bill came to about $400 per eye, including an overnight hospital stay on the second eye.

Bottom line is that you take you chances with any doctor or dentist. Ask for their credentials and check them out before major surgery. Expensive does not necessarily equal better.

Our eye doctor in Japan was not only a great doctor, he was a great person. He turned his clinic over to his associates for one month out of every year to travel to India and train their local doctors in his techniques. His charge for the training was that any doctor who benefited would pay back 10% by performing eye surgery on those who couldn't otherwise afford it.

29 posted on 07/02/2007 3:17:42 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Kid Shelleen

.....and because the dentists have no regulation they may not sterilize their equipment or reuse needles and so you may get AIDS or hepatitis or just a botched job.....and you cannot sue them! Go south at your own risk!


30 posted on 07/02/2007 3:17:44 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: vietvet67

Are you sure they have autoclaves.


31 posted on 07/02/2007 3:18:39 PM PDT by Orange1998 (4 Real)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Yeah, all those Americans with meth mouth, maybe. You know the ones whose teeth are all discolored and so loose that they are vitually floating in their sockets, the ones that US dentists refuse to treat.


32 posted on 07/02/2007 3:19:55 PM PDT by Eva (I)
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To: Eva
"so loose that they are vitually floating in their sockets, the ones that US dentists refuse to treat."

I wonder if dental work could be treated as emergency case.

33 posted on 07/02/2007 3:21:49 PM PDT by Orange1998 (4 Real)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Like many who come here, the Hunts hadn't seen a dentist in years

I can believe that that is the kind of person who might go to Mexico for a dentist, but I find it hard to believe that there is "Mexican dental empire" as referred to earlier in the story.

34 posted on 07/02/2007 3:24:33 PM PDT by Biblebelter (I can't believe people still watch TV with the sound on.)
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To: Orange1998

I doubt if you have ever been to Mexico and seen a Doctor. You are just relying on your bigoted leanings.

There are plenty of quacks here in America. My Uncle in Law was the worst dentist I have ever been too. If I hadn’t been related to him I would have turned him in to the state board. He practiced here in the Atlanta area. Old time country doctor who shouldn’t even been allow to practice.

John


35 posted on 07/02/2007 3:24:35 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: Charles Henrickson
Ya gotta admit, he's got great teeth!


36 posted on 07/02/2007 3:26:07 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Malpractice law suits?
How much could we save on doctor/hospital bills, or as a matter of fact anything we buy or have services done without the legal profession exerting a charge.
It has come to the point that trial lawyers build large personal compounds, then run for President.
In the case of Edwards costs for his wife’s help stays within the clan.
37 posted on 07/02/2007 3:26:13 PM PDT by hermgem (Will Olmr)
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To: Kid Shelleen

bump


38 posted on 07/02/2007 3:27:30 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Kid Shelleen

You’d be amazed at all of the people that I know that have had stomach banding done in Mexico. I work in a small community hospital in AZ. All the employees that have had it done go to Mexico. There is even a nurse practitioner that takes her patients there. When there are enough, she makes a trip of it and stays to watch the surgery. Amazing. No way would I ever do this.


39 posted on 07/02/2007 3:32:32 PM PDT by Enough_Deceit (Confessions of a middle-aged drama queen. ;-))
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To: Diggity
First hand experience knuckle head. I have been across the border numerous times all along the Texas border.
40 posted on 07/02/2007 3:33:11 PM PDT by Orange1998 (4 Real)
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To: vetsvette
Sure they do.

They sure do.

I know people who have been going to Mexico to a dentist for years. They are very pleased with the denistry. They do bridges and crowns. If you get there by noon on Friday, you get your "teeth" on Sunday.

My cousin was bitten by a water moccasin and her teeth started shattering about 2 years later. She has some beautiful implants that were done in Argentina.

A Dallas dentist interviewed on TV said he had visited a dental office in Mexico and was surprised that the equipment was more modern than his own.

Most of the patients on the border are Americans and they have to do good work or they wouldn't stay open long without repeat business.

41 posted on 07/02/2007 3:34:47 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: Orange1998

Just about everyone within 90 miles of the border where I live. The local U.S. dentists charge about 8 times as much for the exact same work. Mexican dentists are as good... or bad... as any U.S. dentist.

And, if you’ve ever noticed, Mexicans generally have good teeth (maybe not the “illegals”, but most of them are the poorest of the poor to begin with... if they’re not Guatemalans or Hondurans).


42 posted on 07/02/2007 3:35:51 PM PDT by rpgdfmx
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To: Orange1998

Biggest town across the texas border LOL. How big of a town is that?? Go across the Georgia/Florida border and stop at the first dentist you come too.

John


43 posted on 07/02/2007 3:36:02 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: Diggity
You posted.....

They are being paid top dollar and are not slaves. If white and black trash wanted the jobs and were willing to earn the money they could be the ones doing the work. John

I can't believe you think I have bigotry leanings. LOL.

44 posted on 07/02/2007 3:37:27 PM PDT by Orange1998 (4 Real)
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To: Diggity
the 58-year-old Salvador chose Mexico, whose border cities are fast transforming into catch basins for millions of bargain-hunting and uninsured Americans.

Please read the article before you start showing your intelligence.

45 posted on 07/02/2007 3:41:16 PM PDT by Orange1998 (4 Real)
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To: Kid Shelleen
I know a guy who had all of his "smile" teeth capped in TJ. I was like $1700 total, compared to whatever it would have been in San Diego. They did the uppers all at once, I believe then the lowers. He had temporaries for maybe two days while the crowns were made. So, in the timeframe of maybe a little over a week, they were done.

Now, whether he is going to have problems, I don't know, I've heard of really shoddy Mexican dentistry and American dentists not recommending it but who knows? I wouldn't do it simply because of the sterilization equipment. Now, that I think about it, I don't really trust it here, but do moreso than in TJ.

Of course, I went to one here an she said, "You need a crown. It'll be $900." I went to another and he said, "$100 composite filling."

46 posted on 07/02/2007 3:42:02 PM PDT by Squeako (Senators DeMint, Sessions, and Coburn have temporarily saved The Republic.)
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To: Orange1998

White and black trash is not a bigoted statement. Saying someone is incompetent based on the country they are from is bigoted.

You can always tell the guilty posters. They go and search for ammunication to defend their stupid comments.

John


47 posted on 07/02/2007 3:42:19 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: Kid Shelleen
Mexican dentistry!... Yea Baby!

(Did you know I'm an illegal alien too?)

48 posted on 07/02/2007 3:45:36 PM PDT by tophat9000 (My 2008 grassroots Republican platform: Build the fence, enforce the laws, and win the damm WAR!)
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To: Diggity
just relying on your bigoted leanings.

Oh brother. Here we go with the name calling.

How about this, Bubba? I'll call you out and say your FOS.

49 posted on 07/02/2007 3:46:02 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Conservatives are educated. Liberals are indoctrinated.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Mexican dentists: working on teeth Americans won’t work on.


50 posted on 07/02/2007 3:47:58 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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