Skip to comments.Americans flock to Mexico for dentistry
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 ...
Here it comes-the post “Sicko” rationalization..
“Americans flock to Mexico for dentistry”
Sure they do.
BARF! The Sicko-fication of the Immigration debate.
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.
OMG! Who in their right mind would go across the board and use a Mexican dentist. We don’t need no stinking disinfectant.
Cool - Mexico is developing an industry IN Mexico.
"Licenses? We don't need no stinkin' licenses!"
I think Americans are really going there for the jokes.
You get what you pay for.
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.
I can feex you up gringo
It was the biggest mistake I ever made in my live. My teeth look fine but now I trill my R’s.
Mexican dentistry is slowly eroding away the sovereignty of the United States!!
The scourge of Mexican dentistry must be stopped!!!
How about this title, “Americans flock to Mexico for Dysentery”, instead?
Well, he does have some pretty white teeth!
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.
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.
>> 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!
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.
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.
Beware of the socks drying in the autoclave. :-)
Whadda bunch of bull.
They all owned second homes in Rosarito and knew who to go too.
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.
I am sure you are right on some but I would not paint it with a broad brush.
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.
.....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!
Are you sure they have autoclaves.
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.
I wonder if dental work could be treated as emergency case.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Please read the article before you start showing your intelligence.
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."
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.
(Did you know I'm an illegal alien too?)
Oh brother. Here we go with the name calling.
How about this, Bubba? I'll call you out and say your FOS.
Mexican dentists: working on teeth Americans won’t work on.
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