A Victim Of Medical Tourism
Photo © Millicent Odunze, M.D., M.P.H.
New Year's resolutions to get a better body are beginning to emerge. Combine this with the busiest travel season of the year and you have the potential for trouble. Ispos, a global market research company, has unveiled a new survey that demonstrates one in five people "definitely would consider traveling to another country to receive medical or dental care if the cost were significantly lower than in their country."
For some people, receiving medical care abroad includes getting plastic surgery. Obviously there are competent, skilled plastic surgeons outside the United States. And not all United States surgeons performing cosmetic plastic surgery have been trained in an accredited plastic surgery residency. However, it may be more difficult to assess the training and credentials of plastic surgeons outside the United States. In the United States, if a surgeon is negligent, there is a means for legal recourse. If an unfavorable incident happens while you are abroad, you may be on your own. In trying to save a buck when it comes to your body, you may end up paying more for revision surgery than you would have in the first place!
Whether you have you surgery in the United States or elsewhere, make sure you know the credentials of your surgeon.