Safari With That Liposuction?

Cosmetic surgeries can be cheaper abroad—and come with perks
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2008 4:57 PM CST
Foreign tourists ride on the elephant on a safari crossing a river in search of tigers at the Jim Corbett National Park in northern India, Feb. 24, 2007. Jim Corbett National Park, located in the northern...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Americans looking to get cosmetic surgery are eschewing expensive procedures at home and opting for "medical tourism," traveling abroad for cheaper procedures—that sometime come with exotic vacation perks. Countries including South Africa, Argentina, Thailand, Brazil and Singapore are marketing their health services to Americans with the promise of lower prices—and, CNN reports, a vacation getaway.

"In the US, it would have cost $20,000 for the procedure alone, with no time in the hospital," says one American patient whose $10,600 paid for a facelift, followed by sightseeing, in Thailand. Surgeries in foreign countries are more inexpensive due to favorable exchange rates, lower salaries and lower malpractice-insurance costs, which are high in the US. (Read more health care stories.)