Australians Traveling to Philippines for Dental Implants

Australians Traveling to Philippines for Dental Implants

Philippines for Dental Implants

In a previous article, we extolled the virtues of Australia as a modern and vibrant country. We touched on the fact that the dream life does not extend to dental care, however.  We discussed the fact that in a country nearly the size of the United States, but containing only slightly more than 18 million people, barely half are covered by dental insurance. For those that are covered, elective and specialized procedures are either not included, or require a huge expenditure. The average Australian, whether insured or not, faces the same dilemma: Where in the world to get the same level of dental care that matches their first-world lifestyle. 

We proposed a simple solution: Dental tourism. Even though the Australian Government rails against it and urban legend is rife with tales of stolen vital organs in third-world countries, many Australians are finding the advantages of dental care in foreign lands. Many, as we have already mentioned, are making a holiday, or vacation of the entire affair. Imagine getting superb dental work done while you are having fun. Unheard of! 

San Jose, Costa Rica: One Of The World’s Premier Dental Destinations

Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano

Nestled between Panama and Nicaragua sits Costa Rica, a small tropical country in Central America. Right in the center of this land mass sits the capital, San Jose. With a population of only 288,000 people, it is one of the least crowded nation capitals in the world. And who goes there? Lots of tourists! Why?  Because it is beautiful, safe, and affordable. Costa Rica is also one of the most mature dental tourism destinations in the world rivaling Thailand and Mexico for cost, quality, and ease of access. 

Costa Rica is unique. It is so different for so many different reasons. Here are a few: Over a quarter of the land is dedicated to conservation. Tourism is the country’s leading foreign exchange earner. Costa Rica is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Costa Rica is one of 23 countries in the world that doesn’t have a standing army. It has one of the highest life expediencies in the world. There are over 200 volcanic formations in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is home to more than 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Costa Rica ranks number one in the Happy Planet Index (2009 & 2012). The list goes on. The point is, for this country that is slightly smaller than Lake Michigan and didn’t use street signs until 2012, the upside is immeasurable.

Nuevo Progreso: A Best-Kept Secret Place

Mexico - Puente Internacional 3

Of all the best-kept secret places to retire or vacation in America these days, Southern Texas ranks up there near the top. You get all the sunshine and warmth of Southern California, without the traffic, expense, and crowding. You get all the comforts of wintering that you would in Florida, without the gators, mosquitoes, pythons, and tourists. Best of all, you get that wild west frontier feeling of roughing it out on the range.

Corpus Christi seems far enough south for most first-timers just trying Texas out and getting their feet wet. Maybe they have heard the wild stories of Spring Break in and around the beach strip of Port Aransas. Maybe they don’t want to drive half way across the country, east or west. Maybe they just want to park what passes for an RV somewhere near a deserted beach and live off of their government check for as long as the fish jump and the campfires burn.

Hanoi: Affordable Dental for Every Budget

Vietnam's Hoan Kiem Lake

Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi is in the north of the country in the Red River Delta. The local terrain is varied, and includes a riverine area and midlands stretching out towards the mountains. PWC predicts it will prove to have been the fastest growing city in the world from 2008 to 2025 in terms of GDP growth. It is also fast becoming the emerging dental tourism destination with among best values on the planet.

The humid subtropical climate brings copious rains during summer. The winters from November to March are drier but become humid in the second half. During this time temperatures can fall quite sharply, accompanied by cloudy, foggy conditions. Spring showers bring relief, although Autumn is generally the best time to visit.

Australians Better Off Traveling For Dental Care

Australians Better Off Traveling For Dental Care

Dental Tourism for Australians Makes Sense

No doubt, Australia is a modern and vibrant country. Tourists and citizens both agree that it is heavenly. Nothing rivals the natural and man-made wonders that are unique to this land down under. From the Opera House in Sydney, to Ayer’s Rock in the Outback, to the hidden shores of westernmost Perth; Australia is a truly wondrous continent nation. People in most other countries around the world would gladly trade their lives for one in Oz, and many already have. 

Sadly, however, the dream life does not extend to dental care. Moreover, it does not span the healthcare system in general. As a member of the British Commonwealth, Australia has been bound to a similar socialist system that its sister countries such as Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have all been submitted to. In Australia, unfortunately, the results have been particularly dismal. 

Los Algodones: An Amercian Standard Dentistry

Los Algodones - coordinates 32°42′55″N114°43′44″W -  is as pretty a Mexican border town as you might wish to see. There are little shops and restaurants everywhere and the streets are full of tourists. What makes it exceptional is that it has more dentists, doctors, opticians and pharmacies than anywhere else in the world, and it has over 5,400 residents to welcome a growing number of medical tourists.

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To find it, head south down Interstate 8 from Yuma, Arizona, and take the border exit off Route 186 in California. The official crossing point is Anrade, although not everybody takes that seriously. We recommend you park your car stateside, as returning later goes much faster when on foot. You will not need to show your passport in either direction, but keep it handy as your dentist will need to see some form of ID.

Why Americans Travel for Dental

Why Americans Travel for Dental

American Seniors Travel for Dental Care

With someone turning 50 every 7 seconds in America today, a vast number of people are reaching the age where they are technically considered senior citizens. It’s an awkward age, especially in this modern age, where a person can feel old, yet young again. The old “this age is the new that age” paradigm keeps shifting upward, so that pretty soon, we won’t be considered old until we are in our 80’s; but that is still a long way off. For now, the baby boomers starting down the backside of the hill are driving the need for many mid-life makeovers and repairs.  This includes dental care. 

People of all ages are getting caught up in the travel craze as well. Fueled by the foodie generation’s constant craving for something exotic from foreign lands, and the proliferation of travel shows on every cable network, people are beginning to rethink waiting until they are retired to see the world. 

Tijuana: A Hip Tourist Dental Destination

Forget about everything you heard about Mexico being backward. This city with a population of over 1.3 million - at coordinates 32°31′30″N117°02′0″W - is the 29th largest in the Americas. It has everything going for it, including dental services at great rates. You could get your dental implants, laminates and cosmetic work done for half the price you might expect, and even be back in the United States the same day.

Mexico's Centro Cultural Tijuana

Three hundred thousand people make the American-Mexican crossing every day through the San Ysidro and Zona Otay border points. San Ysidro is twenty minutes from San Diego and three hours by freeway from Los Angeles. To save time, leave your car on the US side for $5 to $10 a day, and take a taxi to your nearby dental appointment. Alternatively, cross at Zona Otay in Tijuana (near the US Consulate) but be aware that it is the busiest entry point in the world. You can also choose to fly in through Tijuana International Airport (TIJ).

Siem Reap (Angkor): Affordable Dentists, Premium Clinics

Situated in northwestern Cambodia as the gateway to the Angkor region, Siem Reap plays host to the most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia. The Angkor temples are popularized and romanticized in many Hollywood films set in mystical antiquity, even though much of what they represent has been fictionalized. One undeniable fact, however, is that Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world, in addition to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cambodia's Angkor Wat

Located globally at 13°21′44″N longitude and 103°51′35″E latitude, Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province. In addition to its ancient religious ceremonial structures, Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-influenced buildings in the Old French Quarter and the Old Market. Siem Reap is what would be considered by most to be a small to mid-sized city with a population hovering just above 175,000 people. Its name comes from its ancient history dating back to around 800 A.D., when it defeated Thailand in a long-running war. At that time, Thailand was known as Siam; hence Siem Reap translates literally as “Defeat of Siam“.

Phnom Penh: Affordable Dentistry in Frontier Country

Cambodia's Royal Palace

The Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh is in the heartland of the country and situated at the confluence of three rivers. The setting is riverine with most major attractions near the banks. The city has two distinct seasons, namely the dry period from May through to October, and the rainy period from November to April when monsoons can cause the rivers to spill over.

The cultural treasures of one of Asia’s largely undiscovered gems include the Royal Palace with gleaming spires, the Silver Pagoda, and open markets that are perfect for local art and souvenirs. The French colonial period added mansions and tree-lined boulevards to the mix. Behind this exotic façade lies a bustling city rapidly emerging from the past.

A million leisure visitors come to Phnom Penh every year, attracted by a stable democracy that serves the needs of one of the world’s youngest populations. The city is going places with new restaurants and hotels opening regularly. These add to a hospitality mix that includes international discos side-by-side with sidewalk noodle shops, and traditional neighborhood pubs.