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Thousands of Americans travel to places like Los Algodones, Mexico each year for affordable and reliable dental procedures from dentists who speak English and sometimes accept U.S. insurance for everything from a cleaning to implants. Even despite the cost of travel, it is often still more affordable than getting dental care in the United States. With roughly 70% of U.S. seniors living without any form of dental insurance coverage and the costs of dental procedures rising, a growing number of Americans are seeking out cheaper dental work south of the border, according to an Associate Press report in the Santa Fe New Mexican.
The cost of dental care has spiked in the last two decades and continues to increase at a rate of 5 percent annually. Many dental plans have high deductibles and don’t offer extensive coverage. Also, dental care is not covered by Medicare, and seniors often require the most costly dental work, like crowns and implants.
56-year-old Mark Bolzern drove 3,700 miles from Anchorage, Alaska, to Los Algodones to go to the dentist. He was told the extensive dental work he needed. His teeth needed to be raised and he needed a crown on every molar. The cost in the U.S. would be $65,000 at a private dentist. He paid $3,000 in Mexico.
A major reason is because dental care is not covered by Medicare and many employers no longer offer post-retirement health benefits. What’s more, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allow enrollees to get dental coverage only if they purchase general health coverage first, which many senior citizens don’t need. At the same time, senior citizens often require the most costly dental work, like crowns, implants and false teeth.
The cost of dental care has surged in the past two decades and continues to increase at a rate of 5% annually. Many dental plans have high deductibles and don’t offer extensive coverage. Many people opt out. Mexico has lower costs because of cheaper labor and fewer regulatory requirements. Therefore buyers should beware. Different countries use different types of equipment, and some items, such as implants, may not have warranties. Malpractice lawsuits may not be an option.
For Further Information
This in-depth look at the dental implant market is part of a new report published by iData entitled “U.S. Market for Dental Implants, Final Abutments and Computer Guided Surgery – 2015“, which covers the U.S. dental implant market as a whole, as well as the following market sub-segments: One-stage Surgery, Two-stage Surgery, Immediate Loading, Parallel Wall Implants, Tapered Implants, Internal Connection, External Connection, One-Piece, Single-Tooth Replacement, Multi-Unit Bridge Securement, Denture Securement, Stock Abutment, Custom Abutment, CAD/CAM Abutment, Cement-Retained Abutment, Screw-Retained Abutment, Denture Retaining Abutment, Titanium Abutments, Zirconia/Ceramic Abutments, Gold Abutments, Treatment Planning Software, Third-Party Treatment Planning, Surgical Guides
The global series on the “Dental Implants, Final Abutments and Computer Guided Surgery” market covers 25 countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and 15 countries in Europe. The full reports provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, procedure numbers, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players’ success strategies in each market and segment.
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