Dental holidays ‘may be cheaper’

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In the US alone, half a million people a year are travelling abroad for medical care, according to reports.

Budgeting travel, accommodation and expenses along with the cost of treatment can still be more cost-effective than relying on local health care, claims the National Public Radio (NPR) website.

It cites the Journal of Financial Planning as estimating that for some treatments, patients could save between 50 and 95 per cent of the US cost.

Josef Woodman’s book Patients Beyond Borders advises those looking to save money on dental care to explore Costa Rica, Mexico or Hungary, reports NPR.

He explains that "most countries are known for a particular category of treatment".

Those travelling with a medical tourism agency should always do independent research, warns NPR, suggesting that some may only be interested in the financial gain rather than healthcare.

Around 60,000 Britons searched the internet seeking information on dental holidays duringOctober, a 50 per cent increase on the month before, reports the British Dental Health Foundation.ADNFCR-1374-ID-18377053-ADNFCR

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