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A guide for Americans seeking affordable medical treatment abroad

Improving quality and bargain prices are luring U.S. patients to developing countries for increasingly sophisticated procedures.
By Marla Dickerson

source: Los Angeles Time


Related article: Medical Tourism: Everybody's Guide to Affordable World-Class Medical Travel

When Andy Dijak injured his right knee playing tennis, he wasn't surprised that he needed surgery. "It swelled up like a balloon," said the 50-year-old West Lake resident. ¶ The real shocker was the price tag: $12,000 to $15,000 to repair tattered cartilage. Dijak, a creative director for an entertainment company, has no health insurance, so he started shopping for a deal. ¶ He found it in the northern Mexico city of Monterrey at Christus Muguerza High Specialty Hospital, owned by Dallas-based Christus Health. Here, the staff treated him more like a big shot than a bargain hunter. An English-speaking employee picked him up at the airport. Dijak recuperated in a private hospital room with a flat-screen television and a view of the peaks of the Sierra Madre. His surgeon recorded the operation on video and gave Dijak a DVD copy for his peace of mind. ¶ Total cost, including airfare: $4,500. ¶ "I got better care there than I would have in the United States, unless I were a billionaire," he said. ¶ Americans have long been willing to leave the country for bargain face-lifts and cut-rate dentistry. But now the availability of top-notch medical services at low cost is enticing a growing number of U.S. patients to developing nations for more sophisticated procedures. Most, like Dijak, are obtaining elective surgeries for ailments that aren't life-threatening. Increasingly, they are seeking treatment for more serious conditions, including heart maladies and cancer.

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 bargain中級[動詞] 討價還價; [名詞] 交易;廉價
 based中級[形容詞] 有根基的;有基地的; base(以...為基地) 的過去式及過去分詞
 conditions中級condition(決定;為...的條件) 的第三人稱單數現在式; condition(情況;條件) 的複數
 creative中級[形容詞] 有創造力(或想像力)的
 developing中高級[形容詞] 發展中的,開發中的; develop(發展) 的現在分詞
 DVD中高級[縮寫] 光碟
 employee中級[名詞] 受雇者,雇工,雇員
 entertainment中級[名詞] 招待,款待; 演藝界
 found中級[動詞] 建立;建造;鑄造;熔化; find(找到) 的過去式及過去分詞
 increasingly中級[副詞] 漸增地
 injured中級[形容詞] 受傷的; injure(傷害;損害;毀壞) 的過去式及過去分詞
 insurance中級[名詞] 保險;保險契約
 long中級[形容詞] 長的; [動詞] 長久地;始終; 渴望; [副詞] 長久地;始終
 luring中高級lure(誘惑;以誘餌吸引) 的現在分詞
 medical中級[形容詞] 醫學的;醫術的;醫療的
 obtaining中級obtain(得到,獲得) 的現在分詞
 peaks中級peak(使尖起;達到高峰;聳起) 的第三人稱單數現在式; peak(山頂;頂端;高峰) 的複數
 procedures中級procedure(程序;手續;步驟) 的複數
 rate中級[動詞] 對...評價; [名詞] 比率;價格
 resident中級[形容詞] 居住的,定居的;常駐的; [名詞] 居民;住院醫生
 shopping中級shop(購物) 的現在分詞; [名詞] 買東西,購物
 sophisticated中高級[形容詞] 老於世故的;精通的;精密的
 specialty中高級[名詞] 專業;專長
 staff中級[動詞] 給...配備職員; [名詞] (全體)職員;幕僚
 states中級state(陳述) 的第三人稱單數現在式; state(狀態;美國的州) 的複數
 surgeon中級[名詞] 外科醫生
 surgeries中級surgery((外科)手術) 的複數
 surgery中級[名詞] (外科)手術
 swelled中級swell(腫起,腫脹) 的過去式; swell(腫起,腫脹) 的過去分詞
 tag中級[動詞] 給...加標籤; [名詞] 標籤
 threatening中級threaten(威脅,恐嚇) 的現在分詞
 united中級[形容詞] 聯合的; unite(統一;使團結) 的過去式及過去分詞
 unless中級[連接詞] 如果不,除非
 up中高級[形容詞] 向上的;上行的; [動詞] 提高;增加;舉起;突然站起; up(提高;增加;舉起;突然站起) 的過去式及過去分詞; [副詞] 向上; [介系詞] 向...上; [名詞] 上升;走運