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"In the US, we have the most expensive healthcare system on the planet," said Elizabeth Ziemba, president of training and consulting group Medical Tourism Training.
"The possibility of having to spend a great deal of money to access health care in the US is prohibitive for some people so they look at other cost effective alternatives."
But, she added, when looking abroad it's crucial to research thoroughly the healthcare provider, as well as the destination, as substandard care often comes with an enticing price tag.
"I encourage people to really do their homework."