When most people hear the phrase “medical tourism,” they probably imagine flying to another country where medical procedures are significantly cheaper than in North America. You may have even heard horror stories on the news about people who go overseas and wind up with botched plastic surgery. Traveling out of the country may save money, but there are a host of potential complications: from possible language barriers to evaluating the standards of care.
However, many people actually pursue domestic medical tourism — staying within the United States, but traveling to get the care that they need. While people in major metropolitan areas might have plenty of options when it comes to specialists, those in places like Alaska, North Dakota, or Montana may have fewer options that are close by. That’s one reason why here at the Spine Institute Northwest we’ve seen an uptick in the number of American patients we see who come to us from out of state.
In the United States, pursuing medical treatment can be very expensive. While it’s true that you might be able to find a comparable procedure offered in other countries for much less, most Americans would not want to assume the associated risks that that entails. You can cross state lines, however, without any significant drop in the quality of medical treatment. Coming to a renowned pain treatment center like the Spine Institute Northwest, you can be assured that you’ll receive excellent care.
If you’re tired of waiting for a referral or unhappy with the care you’ve been able to find in your home state, why not give the Spine Institute Northwest a call? You can actually get started by uploading your MRI or CT scan results right to our website, and one of our physicians will contact you directly to discuss the results. What are you waiting for?