I am at the unfortunate age where things are starting to wear out.
After hundreds and hundreds of rounds of golf over my lifetime (that I have loved beyond measure), my left knee is starting to remind me that one day in the distant future I may be looking at a knee replacement.
Oh, the things to look forward to?
Another thing that I need to address that is much more current is that I I have a cracked tooth — and am again in need of crown. The number of crowns, and root canals, I have endured could pay for a nice used car. In other words, I am used to this dog and pony show – but the cost still stings almost as much as the Novocaine shots.
My dentist has quoted me around $1500 to grind down my cracked tooth, do whatever they do to get it ready for a crown, and make a new crown to replace my 50+-year-old stock unit. Not a crazy price but still a lot.
With that in mind, I have a very good friend who spends most of winter each year in a coastal town in Mexico. During that time, he has all his dental work done for a fraction of what it would cost to have the work done stateside. I have always been a bit uncomfortable with this choice — but for him so-far-so-good.
@asdeliadoes My dentist wanted $3099 for a root canal so I booked a week in Turkey to get it done here! Came to less than $1200. So I get a root canal and a holiday now 😂🇹🇷❤️ #turkey #lastminutetrip #manifestation #dental #kusidasi #graitude ♬ original sound – Delia O’Malley
That brings me to the idea for today’s post. In this article from DailyDot an Irish woman was quoted $3000 for a root canal in the US state of Georgia. First off, that is a big number. Next is what she did rather than have the procedure done in the USA was to fly to Turkey and stayed 7 DAYS at an all-inclusive and paid for everything, including air and dental work, for under $1300.
There is a ton in this story that makes me scratch my head and gives me pause — including the price of the procedure itself. Then the price for the all-inclusive. I mean, what all-inclusive resort did she stay at that is so cheap ($200 for 7 days – really)?
But it got me thinking.
As most folks who regularly read the blog know, Delta awards HUGE numbers when it comes to SkyMiles as well as MQMs and MQDs when you are flying a long way on partner airlines in business class. Now for me, I am done, after this year, chasing Delta elite status as it is just not worth it anymore. But I know many are still going to do what it takes to reach whatever level of status they want with Delta. If they are in need of some kind of “work” on their body, why not study up and take some kind of run / vacation rather than have it done at home?
That also makes me wonder: just what kind of travel medical treatment would you consider? I mean, dental work is one thing. But what about something more invasive? Would you even consider some kind of surgery or other treatment if it could be done safely at a much lower cost that included earning a ton of points along the way? – René
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