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According to the news source PV Mirror, dental insurance has become so expensive in the U.S. that many Americans are going to Mexico to receive inexpensive oral care. This highlights the need not only for more affordable options, but also for increased awareness regarding dental plans, which can be a lower-cost way to get access to a dentist in this country.
"As the nation struggles to address the larger systemic issues of access to health care, we need to ensure that oral health is recognized as a basic component of overall health," said Frederick Rivara, M.D., quoted by the news provider.
All Headline News also reported on this subject, and estimated that 6 million Americans traveled abroad last year for medical care. The news provider also stated that "medical tourism" as it is called, represents a $100 billion dollar industry. Americans that choose this path, however, may be sacrificing quality.
Only 2 percent of Mexico's hospitals have been certified by the Joint International Commission, meaning that they have met international standards that would qualify them to receive reimbursement form foreign medical insurance companies.
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