Frequently Asked Questions

(FAQs)

What is Medical Tourism?

Medical Tourism is where people who live in one country travel to another country to receive medical, dental and surgical care while at the same time receiving equal to or greater care than they would have in their own country, and are traveling for medical care because of affordability, better access to care or a higher level of quality of care. “Domestic Medical Tourism” is where people who live in one country travel to another city, region or state to receive medical, dental and surgical care while at the same time receiving equal to or greater care than they would have in their own home city, and are traveling for medical care because of affordability, better access to care or a higher level of quality of care.

Why Global Dental Tourism?

  • As facilitators and patients, we have developed strong relationship with clinic and hospital partners, which allows us to get priority service to address all requests.
  • Our agents are in the US.
  • Unlike most organizations, we only recommend services from surgeons we have received various treatments from.
  • You only need to give a small good faith deposit prior to departure.
  • For accommodations, we have partnered with Dupont World Travel, a DC-based travel network
  • If for any reason you decide not to receive your surgery once you have met the surgeon and toured the clinic, most of your deposit will be refunded except for the air and hotel expenses and administrative fees.

My dentist advise against a medical procedure abroad

It is expected knowing that they will lose you as a patient if you go overseas.

Is the hospital/clinic accredited?

Is it safe to travel after a surgical procedure?

Your travel plans will be entirely dictated by the surgical procedure you select and we will inform you of the recommended recuperation time required prior to traveling.

How long will I have to remain in the destination after my procedure?

It depends on the selected procedure. In most cases, up to ten days but will know precisely after your first visit with the doctor.

What if I need to make changes to my itinerary when I am already abroad?

No problem. The easiest will be simply by sending us an email from your hotel; otherwise, you may ask your Program Manager at the clinic.

Can I make my own flight arrangements?

Yes. You can make your own flight arrangements. However, we strongly encourage our clients to use our affiliate travel partner for consolidated fares and in the event you need to modify your itinerary. Although you may find a cheaper flight over the internet, making changes could be very difficult, costly or impossible.

Will I need to come back for more treatment?

It depends on your specific treatment. Most dental treatment can be done in one trip unless you need a graft, an implant followed by a crown, which require months of healing time before the next phase.

What is the quality of care there?

The institutions that we work with have been JCI certified or are in the process of achieving this certification. The facilities are state of the art, and often create the impression of a high-end hotel rather than merely a hospital. Many doctors in the hospitals we partner with have received international training; many are even US board or UK board certified.

Do the doctors and medical staff speak English?

Yes. Most were educated in various U.S. Universities.

Are the doctors and surgeons qualified?

The schooling, training and board certification processes for physicians and surgeons are comparable from country to country. Many surgeons overseas have trained in the United States or Europe, just as many doctors in the United States and Europe have had some part of their training abroad. Ultimately each hospital that caters to Medical Tourism has its own credentialing and standards and should be evaluated on an individual basis. Many hospitals and doctors have received international accreditation and can be evaluated quickly and easily if this is the case.

Can a companion come with me?

Of course. As long as he/she has a valid passport. Depending on nationality, he/she may need a visa.
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Do I need a visa to visit Costa Rica?

It depends on your nationality.
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Can I have a procedure performed abroad without using a facilitator?

Yes. People who wish to handle their own medical travel will contact a foreign hospital, schedule a procedure and attend to the logistics of travel and lodging. But for most people this is not wise. There are simply too many variables to consider and too many high-stakes decisions to be made. You need the best research and data to find the right doctor, and it can be very difficult to cut through competing and conflicting information when choosing something as important as health care.

How do I pay for my dental work?

You will pay the clinic directly during your initial consultation. They accept credit or cards, wire transfers and cash payments.

What are the fees?

Global Dental Tourism is a free service.

The only fees are travel related and payable at the Dupont Travel Networking Washington, DC, and small administrative fees such the cost of mailing your dental x-rays to the clinic (if applicable).