Dental tourism ‘cheap and safe’

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Cheaper medical costs do not necessarily mean lower quality of care, reports LifeWire.

Tim Wallace, vice president of sales and marketing for Med Journeys, a medical tourism agency, told the news service that nearly 80 per cent of doctors the company uses are trained in the UK or US.

Robert Painter, a travel writer from New Mexico, said he has travelled to Argentina for dental treatments, combining surgery with tango lessons.

He claimed that when he visited US dentists he felt like he was "being processed for a home loan".

"In Argentina, I had three dentists working on me at once," he added.

Another patient who has undergone medical treatment abroad, Faith Richter, a registered nurse, claims that understaffing and overburden of paperwork in UK and US practices means that medical standards are actually higher abroad.

During October 2007, around 60,000 Brits searched the internet for information on dental holidays, according to the British Dental Health Foundation.ADNFCR-1374-ID-18412823-ADNFCR

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