Shortage of Native-Born Physicians in the United States
Over the years, the medical industry has changed as people travel across the globe to perform or undergo medical, dental, and cosmetic care.
As matter of fact, in the United States, it has been found that more than 25% of physicians in the United States were born abroad. Those who practice in the United States but were born abroad typically practice within low-income areas where there is a shortage of physicians.
There are not enough native-born physicians and healthcare workers to meet the growing need as the U.S. population continues to grow and age. It is expected that by the year 2030, 71 million (about 20% of the U.S. population) will be 65 and older. According to a study, the United States will face a shortage of 46,000 to 90,000 physicians by the year 2025.
The United States is Pricey & Complicated
The United States is spending a higher proportion of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on healthcare than other developed countries, but it is still unaffordable and often inaccessible to many. Prices of procedures and medicine remain high with little room for negotiation as processes remain complicated to navigate through.
Medical Tourism as an Alternative Solution
As the costs in the United States stay high and the access to quick care remains scarce, people are flocking to other countries for medical care. Medical tourism is quickly growing as a source of reliable quality medical care at lower costs.
Examples of Costs in the United States vs. Abroad
United States: $90,000 (average)
Costa Rica: $30,000
United States: $33,000 (average)
RNY Gastric Bypass
United States: $25,000 (average)
Tijuana, Mexico: $6,500 (including cost of accommodations)
It is important to note that it is wise to always do your research before traveling abroad for surgery. While medical tourism is becoming an increasingly popular option, it is still important to select the best companies and specialists available for your money. Factors such as experience, safety rates, certifications, and reviews are important to take into consideration. While medical tourism is a fast and affordable option, selecting a poor specialist or hospital can lead to complications. If you would like to determine whether or not you qualify for bariatric surgery in Tijuana, fill out our pre-screen and a specialist will contact you.
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