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Orthopedic Surgery FAQ’s

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One of the biggest misconceptions of traveling out of the country for an orthopedic procedure is that somehow the level of care will be less than you would receive at home.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  It is important to remember that these are the top orthopedic hospitals in major metropolitan centers which attract the countries’ top surgeons.  Most are affiliated with world renowned medical institutions like Johns Hopkins.

In fact, medical care in our private hospitals is of the highest quality with state-of-the-art facilities and doctors using the latest techniques.  Most of our board certified surgeons have trained in international centers around the world and have a steady stream of American and Canadian patients due to positive word of mouth.  Call or email us now to learn what thousands of North American patients before you have already experienced.


With over 45 million Americans uninsured and an equal number under-insured, and with the costs of healthcare rising, people like you are looking for answers.  As a result, thousands of Americans have learned the secret to saving tens-of-thousands of dollars.  By taking advantage of a stronger U.S. dollar and the lower cost of living in other countries, world-class healthcare can be accessed in countries like Costa Rica, India, and Taiwan for a fraction of the cost.

It is a well known fact that the main driver for medical tourism is cost savings, especially in today’s tough economy.  Savings on major orthopedic procedures can easily be as much as 80%, even after all travel and accommodation costs.  Add this to the fact that these are rated as some of the top orthopedic hospitals in the world, and you have a recipe for success.  Be sure to browse the site to learn about different treatment options, destinations for treatment, our world-renowned surgeons, and comprehensive packages.

Don’t have the money right now but can’t live with the pain anymore?  Ask us about financing options.


One of the first questions people ask is whether medical travel is safe?  One has to remember that these are not small clinics in backwater destinations, but major hospitals in each country’s largest metropolitan centers.  They are accredited by The Joint Commission International, the highest accrediting body in international healthcare.  These hospitals attract the top surgeons and are already treating many international patients.



Do you only provide hip and knee replacements?

No, we provide a wide variety of orthopedic procedures including:  hip resurfacing, shoulder joint replacement, rotator cuff repair, ACL repair, meniscal repair, and many other procedures.  If you are looking for affordable orthopedic surgery, we can help. 

Do you only provide hip and knee replacements?

No, we provide a wide variety of orthopedic procedures including:  hip resurfacing, shoulder joint replacement, rotator cuff repair, ACL repair, meniscal repair, and many other procedures.  If you are looking for affordable orthopedic surgery, we can help.

Why would I travel for an orthopedic procedure?

If you are uninsured or under-insured, you may not be able or want to afford the high cost of surgery in the United States.  A hip or knee replacement can easily cost $50,000 or more if you have to pay out-of-pocket.  It is a well known fact that medical bills are one of the single biggest sources of personal bankruptcy in The United States.

For Canadians, joint replacement surgery is notorious for its long wait times, and many would rather pay to have their procedure done immediately than wait and endure a lower quality of life.

Typically our clients are looking for 3 things:

  1. Affordability;
  2. Quality;
  3. Safety.

How much can I save?

Even after travel, accommodation, and physiotherapy, you can easily save up tom 80%, or tens-of-thousands of dollars.  For most, that is money better spent. 

Why is it so much more affordable?

There are several reasons why orthopedic surgery can be so much less expensive in other countries:

  1. Procedures are priced for local markets.  The cost of a procedure is equivalently priced to the cost of living in each country.  Doctors and nurses typically make less as compared to North America, but they are very well paid by local standards.  Housing costs, food costs, etc are also much less.  In addition, medical materials and medication are also priced for local markets which reduces cost.
  2. Countries like Taiwan are well known to have one of the most efficient healthcare system on the planet, one that is often studied as an example for healthcare reform in the United States.  It is four times more efficient in terms of the delivery of healthcare than the US, and this translates into lower costs for procedures.

What about the quality of the medical care?

We often are under the impression that our healthcare and delivery are the best in the world.  People are often surprised to learn that a small country like Costa Rica is ranked higher than the US by The World Health Organization (WHO) in terms of healthcare.  That is why tens of thousands of people travel there every year for medical and dental care.  The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) actually ranks the Taiwan healthcare system as the second best in the world behind only Sweden.

It is important to remember that in each of the world’s major metropolitan centers, there are world-class hospitals that attract the top surgeons in each country.  All of the hospitals we offer are accredited by The Joint Commission International (JCI).  JCI is the benchmark on which all other healthcare facilities are judged.  It is the international arm of the same body that accredits 18,000 US healthcare facilities.  This accrediting process can take several years, and it subjects each facility to a comprehensive review.

All of our surgeons are renowned orthopedic specialists who are already treating a large number of international patients.

Is traveling for orthopedic surgery safe?

As mentioned, we have some of the top global orthopedic surgeons practicing at several of the top hospitals recognized by independent publications.  For additional peace of mind, medical complication insurance is available on all procedures.  Ask us for more detail. 

What types of services does Passport Medical provide?

We offer a range of services to make your experience as seamless and stress-free as possible.  These include providing information on a range of destinations and providers, direct contact with providers, coordinating the experience, airport pickup, hotel bookings, and assistance with coordinating flights if desired.

Does working with Passport Medical cost more?

The answer quite simply is ‘no’.  Due to our relationships with providers and high volume discounts, costs are not passed on to you.  In fact, we are the North American representative for several of the hospitals we feature.

How long will I be away?

Every procedure is different, but you usually will have to be away at least a week, usually longer for joint replacement surgery: typically 10-14 days is recommended.  Adequate time away is necessary for physiotherapy and optimal recovery. 

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