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Old 12-03-2013, 05:02 PM   #1
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Any Canadians going to USA ie for Dental care?

I've read with interest that Canadians are going to the USA & Mexico among other countries b/c of what they feel are excessive fees. Anyone here? Are we getting fleeced I mean flossed in the wrong countries?
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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I've read with interest that Canadians are going to the USA & Mexico among other countries b/c of what they feel are excessive fees. Anyone here? Are we getting fleeced I mean flossed in the wrong countries?

If you can't afford the fees here, traveling to Mexico wouldn't seem logical.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:40 PM   #3
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No. I don't know anyone who does that. Most people I know have insurance. I don't think insurance will cover out of country dental work. If you have no insurance and make under a certain amount the Health Unit will do fillings for kids for free. They have one day a week where they do adults for a low fee. I think like $10 or $20. And then if you don't have insurance but your income isn't low enough you can always go to dental students at the hospital. They have their teacher there and it's about half the price of a regular dentist. My DH had some work done in Abu Dhabi before but it was done for free by his BIL who lives there and is a dentist. He didn't go there for that reason. He was visiting anyways and BIL was like what wrong with your teeth? Let me fix them. And DH agreed.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:54 PM   #4
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Why on earth would anyone come to the USA for dental work when you can get in a nice vacation and go to one of many, many countries where you can get great dental work for a fraction of the cost in the US?
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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Why on earth would anyone come to the USA for dental work when you can get in a nice vacation and go to one of many, many countries where you can get great dental work for a fraction of the cost in the US?
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:03 PM   #6
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I've read with interest that Canadians are going to the USA & Mexico among other countries b/c of what they feel are excessive fees. Anyone here? Are we getting fleeced I mean flossed in the wrong countries?
I'm a little confused about what you meant by your last sentence.

Neither our family nor anyone I know would consider going outside the country for dental care. We have decent dental insurance and our co-pays have seemed quite reasonable. For one procedure that was quite expensive, our dentist was very willing to work with us on a payment schedule.

I can't imagine going to the US, where their costs are similar to ours, but where our dollar is not. And I definitely wouldn't travel to a country where I might question the qualifications of the practitioners and the sanitary conditions in their offices. Not to mention the amount of money it would cost just to get there and back. And once you're back home again, if something goes wrong- who are you going to go to?
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:09 PM   #7
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Um no. Never heard of that.

Do dentists in the US charge less than Canadian dentists?
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:41 AM   #8
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If you can't afford the fees here, traveling to Mexico wouldn't seem logical.

I'm guessing for some it's about affordability. Others perhaps hanging on to more of their hard earned cash. Then those whom would consider a combination business with pleasure!

I'm a senior living close to a USA border crossing my lifetime coverage will be exhausted in a few more years. So. . . for the time being if our Insurance carrier would allow it and, it was considerably less expensive I'd have the work done, buy gas & groceries, and put savings towards a vacation plan.
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I've never heard of that. My mom is going to US for cancer treatment to get treated quicker than in Canada. But not to save $
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I've never heard of that. My mom is going to US for cancer treatment to get treated quicker than in Canada. But not to save $
I've heard of this. Not just cancer treatment but other medical procedures. There are often long wait times to get into a specialist. If you have the coin and want to see someone faster that's the way to do it.
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I'm guessing for some it's about affordability. Others perhaps hanging on to more of their hard earned cash. Then those whom would consider a combination business with pleasure!

I'm a senior living close to a USA border crossing my lifetime coverage will be exhausted in a few more years. So. . . for the time being if our Insurance carrier would allow it and, it was considerably less expensive I'd have the work done, buy gas & groceries, and put savings towards a vacation plan.

If you have coverage, it wouldn't be costing you much anyway. Don't see where you going to get the savings.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:34 AM   #12
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Good grief. Dental work costs a crazy amount here. I can't imagine it being that much more expensive elsewhere. Who could afford it?
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:51 AM   #13
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I've never heard of that. My mom is going to US for cancer treatment to get treated quicker than in Canada. But not to save $
Never heard specifically of dental care, but several members of my family in Canada do come to the U.S. for medical care. I got flamed big time here when I posted that in the past though. Common issue in my family has been difficulty in getting access to specialists in Canada. And we have done stories before on towns on the U.S. side of the border having a lot of patients from Canada.
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I'd go to Costa Rica- way cheaper dental work that the US.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:17 AM   #15
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I havent heard of it. I have insurance, so im covered. But if I hadnt, I wouldnt come to the US or another country. Doesnt seem worth it. I'd rather pay the extra here in Canada. If you calculate travel costs, it just doesnt make any sense.
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