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MOLAR CITY: Welcome To The Mexican Town Crawling With US Tourists Who Need Root Canals
BI ^ | 6-21-2014 | Harrison Jacobs

Posted on 06/21/2014 9:26:58 AM PDT by blam

Harrison Jacobs
June 20, 2014

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For Americans looking to mix in a little dental work with their vacations, there is no better place than Vicente Guerrero, a small Mexican border town better known by its nickname: Los Algodones (translation: Molar City).

Mexico is a top destination for so-called medical tourists from the United States who go South of the Border for significantly cheaper dental work, eyeglasses, plastic surgery, and prescription drugs. In Los Algodones, some 350 dentists work within a few blocks of the city center, NPR recently reported.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dental; mexico; rootcanal; tourists

1 posted on 06/21/2014 9:26:58 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Is it wonderful that we have to go to a foreign country for cheaper service. Speaks well for America, doesn't it?

All hail King Obama the communists black Muslim terrorists.

2 posted on 06/21/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: blam

I knew someone who had this done in Mex.
5 years later she had it all redone in USA


3 posted on 06/21/2014 9:34:22 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: Zathras

“I knew someone who had this done in Mex.
5 years later she had it all redone in USA”

Hay is always cheaper if you get it after it’s been through the horse.


4 posted on 06/21/2014 9:35:54 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: blam

Its disgusting that Americans are forced to go to a black market and leave the country just to get basic healthcare. Its even more disgusting that most Americans just accept it.

You wonder how Russians rationalized life under the Soviets? You are getting a glimpse of it now.


5 posted on 06/21/2014 9:36:38 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: blam

For years, I was happy to get my dental work when we were in Thailand. The dentist was an old school mate of my wife’s. Since my health is keeping me home, it’s been a terrific shock to see American dental prices (easily four times that found overseas).


6 posted on 06/21/2014 9:36:58 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: blam

los algodones = the cotton balls
(English) molar = (Spanish) muela molar


7 posted on 06/21/2014 9:42:52 AM PDT by fifedom
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To: blam
"Los Algodónes" means "cotton," not "Molar City"--probably so named because cotton is grown in the area.

In days of yore, when I visited Yuma, I liked to visit Los Algodónes to shop. Because of the town's remote location, there were no parking hassles or long lines to get back into the US. But until our Marine comes home, I'm boycotting Mexico.

8 posted on 06/21/2014 9:46:00 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: JimSEA

We have two sets of friends who go to Thailand for all of their planned medical and dental procedures. They have been doing it for years and swear by it.


9 posted on 06/21/2014 9:46:17 AM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: Logical me

My friend in Italy tells me they have much lower prices and much better dentistry there. They built the aqueducts, after all, can probably do xlnt root canals. And bridges.

An acquaintance lives very close to that particular Mexican border town, had all her dentistry done there, is super satisfied with the work and the prices.


10 posted on 06/21/2014 9:48:47 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: blam
Mexico is a top destination for so-called medical tourists from the United States who go South of the Border for significantly cheaper dental work,

B.S. the only way this is true is maybe its illegals in the US going back to Mexico for dental work. The dental work in Mexico is crap and nobody would go their to get it done if they were financially able to get it done in the US.

11 posted on 06/21/2014 9:50:25 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: blam

I noticed the same thing when I visited Juarez for about one hour a few years ago. All sorts of places advertising dental work. Maybe they should have places to fix your newly acquired bullet holes.


12 posted on 06/21/2014 9:52:23 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: uncitizen

“if they were financially able to get it done in the US.”

There’s your answer.


13 posted on 06/21/2014 9:59:04 AM PDT by Fuzz
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To: JimSEA
Is this one of our more 'colorful FReepers?


14 posted on 06/21/2014 10:03:42 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

LOL. Must be.


15 posted on 06/21/2014 10:07:17 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: fireman15

Brazil has good and inexpensive healthcare too. I need dentures desperately and just can’t afford the pulling of the teeth and dentures too. And dental insurance stinks for major dental work.


16 posted on 06/21/2014 10:19:37 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: Zathras
I knew someone who had this done in Mexico. Five years later she had it all redone in USA

I had that problem in the US, different dental work. The dental profession has issues on both sides of the border.

17 posted on 06/21/2014 10:25:11 AM PDT by grania
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To: uncitizen

Before getting dental work done in Mexico I’d recall the one and only Oriental rip off DVD I ever saw. A good friend of mine bought it in Hong Kong for $2.00 and it had fake U.S. logos and packaging. Then I watched it and found out why it cost only $2.00, less than half the price of renting the real Hollywood product. It was made by setting a camcorder up in the back of a theater and recording the movie off the screen. Along with the poor color quality and focus there were periodic images of people’s heads moving back and forth in front of the screen. All in all it was a great advertisement for paying the leal price for the real, copyrighted product.


18 posted on 06/21/2014 10:42:52 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: uncitizen
The dental work in Mexico is crap and nobody would go their to get it done if they were financially able to get it done in the US.

that is a general statement... i know people who regularly get dental and medical care in Mexico, and it is not crap... and it is much cheaper... personally, i get my Retin-A from there, and it works really well...

19 posted on 06/21/2014 10:50:15 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: autumnraine

My dentist is recommending I get upper dentures. It means I’ll have to get 9 teeth pulled. I just can’t do it. But two of them are going to have to be pulled before long. I think I’m going to try partials first. It sucks to get old.


20 posted on 06/21/2014 10:51:13 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: latina4dubya

Yes, generally speaking Mexican dental work is far inferior to American work and I stand by that.


21 posted on 06/21/2014 10:52:02 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: uncitizen
Yes, generally speaking Mexican dental work is far inferior to American work and I stand by that.

i guess you gotta know where to go... my niece is in the middle of dental work right here in North Carolina... she has had to go three times to have a cap replaced because within an hour of leaving the dental office, it falls off... she is going for a fourth time next week...

22 posted on 06/21/2014 10:55:16 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: latina4dubya

Im sure that good dental care is available to those who can afford it and know where to find it.


23 posted on 06/21/2014 10:59:41 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Logical me

This predates Obama by many years.

In the mid 1990s, for example, a DFW TV news did a report on seniors heading to the border to buy semi-annual supplies of common prescriptions. They were going in bus loads from various locations, some from as far away as southern Oklahoma.

Border Patrol knew what they were doing and didn’t ‘inspect’ their packages very thoroughly on their return trips across the border.


24 posted on 06/21/2014 10:59:52 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Logical me

Long before there was an Obama, American drugs were cheaper in Latin America and many of them are available, over-the-counter.


25 posted on 06/21/2014 11:13:02 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: blam

I have looked at the dental clinics in Mexico. I didn’t see much difference in the price. If you pay cash you can negotiate prices with dentists and docs.


26 posted on 06/21/2014 11:27:14 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: fireman15

“We have two sets of friends who go to Thailand for all of their planned medical and dental procedures. They have been doing it for years and swear by it.”

A Colombian co-worker did the same (in Colombia), and highly recommended it.


27 posted on 06/21/2014 11:30:11 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Logical me

People routinely travel from developed nations to less developed nations, to get personal services. That’s what you’re doing, when you, for instance, vacation at a resort on a Caribbean island. All that says about America, is that you pay your service workers more than they would get elsewhere.


28 posted on 06/21/2014 12:10:51 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: blam

I know people who go to Mexico for dentistry and plastic surgery.

They swear by it and they look fine.

I’m not able to convince myself to do it.

I will say I once forgot a prescription while in Mexico. Pills cost the same as they do in USA without prescription plan or insurance. But, when yer out and need emmm..


29 posted on 06/21/2014 12:21:48 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Logical me

Nothing to do with Obama. It’s been happening years and years. We moved to NM in 2002 and lots of people were going down then for medical things, especially dentistry and weight loss surgery.


30 posted on 06/21/2014 12:36:56 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: PGR88
Its disgusting that Americans are forced to go to a black market and leave the country just to get basic healthcare. Its even more disgusting that most Americans just accept it.

You wonder how Russians rationalized life under the Soviets? You are getting a glimpse of it now.

Extremely good observation.

31 posted on 06/21/2014 12:59:43 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Zathras

“I knew someone who had this done in Mex.
5 years later she had it all redone in USA”

Jose’s cut rate tooth shop. Where the motto is: “Cleanliness; we don’t need no stinky cleanliness”


32 posted on 06/21/2014 1:02:46 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: Vendome; blam

Where is the accountability when medical work is performed abroad?

I mean, should a foreign clinic botch your procedure, isn’t it a practical impossibility to sue them for malpractice?


33 posted on 06/21/2014 1:02:57 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Logical me
Are you trying to say this is all Obama's fault?

Then attempting to mislead people makes you part of the reason America's prosperity has declined.

34 posted on 06/21/2014 1:10:26 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: blam

That’s nothing. I know someone who went to the Philippines from London for his dental work - American-trained dentists at a price that includes the vacation there afterward.


35 posted on 06/21/2014 2:19:44 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: Age of Reason

Ain’t none but, somehow people are able to pick a good dentist for 10% of what procedures cost here.

I don’t know how .

They tell me people aren’t dropping like flies, so they are competent.


36 posted on 06/21/2014 2:57:32 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Veto!

“They built the aqueducts, after all, can probably do xlnt root canals. And bridges.” LMAO!

Yes, using mortar and re-rod. :-)


37 posted on 06/21/2014 3:27:59 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: blam

////cheaper dental work, eyeglasses, plastic surgery/////

Nothing like cheap plastic surgery. And I prefer my dental work in the old US f A.


38 posted on 06/21/2014 3:31:39 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: leapfrog0202

What is NM? New Mexico?


39 posted on 06/21/2014 3:33:25 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: uncitizen

That depends on the dentist. I have a dentist in Mexico and he is excellent, far better than the American dentist my hubby goes to. Thank goodness I have not had to go to him since the cartel war has been so bad.

There are excellent dentists, doctors, and such in Mexico but you have to get someone to refer you to a good one because there are many that are terrible. Funny thing I have found is that usually the worst are in the fancy buildings catering to the tourists and the good ones have an office that looks pretty rustic and is usually further from the border.


40 posted on 06/21/2014 3:36:52 PM PDT by Tammy8
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To: blam

My wife and I go to Costa Rica for our dental work. Been doing that for several years now, and it’s well worth it.


41 posted on 06/21/2014 3:44:51 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Fiji Hill

15 years ago when we were stationed in Yuma, we’d jump over to Algodones for antibiotics and Tequila. Whenever the squadron was having a party, Algodones was much cheaper than anywhere in Yuma. Until they release our Marine, no decent American should step foot in Mexico. In fact, we should have a waiting period the exact duration of his captivity that starts once he is back home.

jmho


42 posted on 06/21/2014 4:02:38 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (Impeach the Liar.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Yes


43 posted on 06/21/2014 4:36:05 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: blam

If you want to know why many Hispanics in the South Texas, and other Southwestern areas of the US don’t have insurance, THIS IS WHY. They simply go south, get cheap healthcare (which is probably decent quality) and they’re done with it.

We didn’t need Obamacare for them - what we needed was a way to bring down the US cost, at least somewhat.


44 posted on 06/21/2014 6:03:11 PM PDT by BobL
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