Australia’s dentists are issuing a warning about the risks involved with medical or dental tourism—the practice of undertaking medical or dental treatment procedures overseas while people are on holidays.
Complex dental procedures that require ongoing follow-up work and time to settle, not to mention the risk of complications that need corrective action, means that undertaking ‘dental tourism’ on the back of a cheap holiday risks costing more than the purported savings—as well as possible additional pain.
“The decision to become a dental tourist usually comes to down to one simple thing—saving money,” Australian Dental Association (ADA) deputy chairman of the Oral Health Committee Dr Michael Foley said. “And while it’s true you may save some money in the short term, the reality is that things can go wrong and all those expected savings can quickly disappear and end up costing more than the holiday itself.”
There are a number of factors any prospective traveller considering undertaking medical or dental treatment overseas should consider.
For example, trying to squeeze several complex procedures into a short holiday means people risk all kinds of complications, even if the work is performed to an acceptable standard.
Also, standards may not be as stringent. While Australian dentists are trained to a very high standard, must be registered, and are required to operate in a strictly regulated environment, not all countries have the same requirements.
“Complex procedures—medical or dental—should not be done over the course of a holiday,” Dr Foley advised. “If you have the need for a complex medical treatment or procedure, it is best done in Australia where you can be assured of the safety and quality standards in place, and of the certainty of follow-up.”
Based on a media release sourced from the ADA.