Medical Tourism: Americans Head to the Dominican Republic and Mexico
Posted by Elisabeth Kramer on Jun 16th, 2015
When it comes to medical tourism destinations for Americans, there’s one country that gets a lot of attention: the Dominican Republic.
The Caribbean nation has a long history of being the go-to spot for those in the U.S. looking to have work done abroad. In fact, interest in Dominican doctors hit a new high on RealSelf earlier this year. While that interest has since dropped — by 25% between February and May 2015 — the DR still tops the charts for countries Americans are interested in visiting for surgery.
There’s a new nation people are researching, however: Mexico. RealSelf traffic to doctors based in Mexico has doubled in the past year, a rate that outpaces any other Central or South American nation — including the Dominican Republic.
Unfortunately for both countries and for their certified doctors, the DR and Mexico are often the locations of negative stories about medical tourism gone wrong. How can you offset these concerns? Do your research.
The Dominican Republic and Mexico each have an organization that oversees plastic surgery in their respective country. For the DR, it’s SODOCIPRE and for Mexico, it’s AMCPER. Using the information provided by these organizations can help the thousands of Americans researching the option of having a medical procedure abroad.
Would you go abroad for a plastic surgery? Tell us why or why not in the comments.