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Crossing the Border for a Dentist
Crossing the Border for a Dentist

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AIR DATE: February 18, 2011

You can bargain for a deal on sunglasses or jeans... but a root canal? In Los Algodones, south of the border, you definitely can. The Mexican city is packed with dentists who drastically underprice American dental care: dental work that would've cost a trucker $20,000 in the United States only cost him $3,800 in Mexico. Two Fronteras reporters traveled to Los Algodones to see how a town known for cantinas and bordellos transformed into a dental hot spot, and what that says about the bigger picture of health care.

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Jude Joffe-Block, reporter, Fronteras: The Changing Americas Desk
Devin Browne, reporter, Fronteras: The Changing Americas Desk


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COMMENTS:
Bravo to the Mexican fellow who said that American dentists should compete by offering better service and/or lower prices (not by trying to manipulate, control or propagandize the market). If they cannot do that, one must ask why. Might it have to do with our high taxes, unnecessary regulations, and artificially high cost of living? One must go to the root of the problem!
Tom H.Feb 16, 2011 22:03:44 PM
I wondered how long it would be before someone mentioned the difficulty in being able to sue as a drawback.... What IS it about people here that makes US society so litigious ? The rest of the world roars with laughter at our obsession with sueing at the drop of a hat ..... Is it in the blood ?
ChrisFeb 16, 2011 10:32:50 AM
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