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For Medical Tourists, Can Dental Costs be too Low?

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ticotimes.net – Dental tourism remains the top medical tourism venture in Costa Rica. Of the tens of thousands of medical tourists who visit the country each year, 40 percent come to undergo dental procedures.

To try to gain the upper hand against competition, some dental offices offer extremely low prices. The Costa Rican Dental Surgeons Association sent out an alert last month announcing that those savings might be too good to be true, putting a patient’s health at risk.

In late May, the Association denounced 17 dentists for offering prices for aesthetic treatments below the association’s fixed rates.

The Association says minimum prices help ensure quality, and charging significantly less could mean some dentists are cutting corners.

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