Nip and Tuck Travel: Should You Go Overseas For Surgery?
As many as 400,000 Americans are expected to go abroad for cosmetic surgeries this year, says Josef Woodman, author of Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody's Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Tourism. Here's what you need to know
While you can create your own overseas surgery plan, there are also companies willing, for a price, to take the reigns. Staffers at one medical tourism operator, MedRetreat, which books patients at 12 hospitals in 10 countries, visit hotels and meet with qualified hospital staff (including surgeons) to confirm their client's surgical plans. What they get in return: MedRetreat negotiates a 20 percent discount on a patient's total medical bill "and this covers the cost of our facilitation efforts,” explains Patrick Marsek, the company's managing director. Other companies use different criteria to fit their clients' needs.