A friend is going to Turkey to the dentist

@JudyEv (300444)
Rockingham, Australia
November 28, 2022 4:57pm CST
The photo has no connection with the discussion. It’s Chopper, the blue heeler from our last house-sit. I love how dogs lie like this with their hindlegs straight out behind them. And his legs look ridiculously short here. While Vince was out today, he went for a haircut. He goes to a barber’s shop which is run by Iranians and Yassar always cuts his hair. He is a mature-age apprentice and he and Vince always have a good chat. Yassar needs major work done on one tooth. Because it is so expensive in Australia, he is flying to Turkey for a month and will have all his teeth brought up to scratch. This will be cheaper than having one really bad tooth fixed in Australia. I am having trouble getting my head around all this. There is something wrong somewhere. Sometimes it seems there is no such thing as equality.
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@BarBaraPrz (40259)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Nov
I've heard stories of people going someplace like India for plastic surgery. They get a vacation and the surgery and it's cheaper than having it done at home. I don't understand it either.
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@BarBaraPrz (40259)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Nov
@JudyEv Me, too.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
I know lots of procedures are cheap in Bali too but I would be worried about the quality of the work.
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@Khera0 (29)
29 Nov
@JudyEv do you like Bali
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@CarolDM (201227)
• United States
28 Nov
Chopper is such a pretty dog. Wow that is a long flight for a dental appointment.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
It's crazy to think they can go all that way and it's still cheaper than having it done here.
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@CarolDM (201227)
• United States
29 Nov
@JudyEv That tells you just how insane healthcare costs can be. Should not be legal.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
@CarolDM I agree. Costs can't be that much higher here.
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@shaggin (65154)
• United States
29 Nov
My husbands relatives who live in Alaska have to do the same thing. The plane tickets for a family of four, a hotel for a few days and turning it into a family vacation of site seeing as well as having the work done on their teeth is still cheaper then one visit for one of them at the local dentist.
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@shaggin (65154)
• United States
29 Nov
@JudyEv it’s really sad! So many people could never even afford to go to the dentist I’m sure they live in areas where it is so costly. They would suffer terribly from toothaches etc.
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@Fleura (24239)
• United Kingdom
29 Nov
You just have to hope they don't have an emergency!
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
I find it incredible, especially from Australia.
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@much2say (50608)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Nov
Dental work is expensive here too, especially without insurance. I know quite a few people who had gone to Mexico for dental work, medicine, and get other procedures because there it is way cheaper. My friend from Japan who lives here still gets her dental work all done in Japan - says a yearly check up and cleaning amounts to only $20.
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@Fleura (24239)
• United Kingdom
29 Nov
@JudyEv Dentists all send their children to private schools and drive fancy cars
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
@Fleura And I think that is actually the main reason behind the high fees.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
It seems crazy that it is so much more expensive here. It hardly seems as though it needs to be.
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@kobesbuddy (144427)
• East Tawas, Michigan
28 Nov
I was told that crowning one of my teeth would cost thousands of dollars. Thank Heavens, I didn't need that procedure done!
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
This man was quoted thousands too. You have to wonder at the cost.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
@kobesbuddy We've paid a lot over the years too.
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@kobesbuddy (144427)
• East Tawas, Michigan
29 Nov
@JudyEv We have dental coverage and even then, we'd have to fork out thousands of dollars!
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@RubyHawk (82107)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 Nov
Dental work is terribly expensive here. I would like free health care for everyone. Many people cannot afford insurance and they have no health care. I have health insurance at a heavy price, and it's doesn't cover dental or glasses.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
We have been in the top cover for years. Firstly, because we were so far from medical expertise but now because we're not game enough to cancel it. We're more likely to need all the insurance we can get now we're older.
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@RubyHawk (82107)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 Nov
@JudyEv That’s why I’m afraid to change my insurance.
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@RebeccasFarm (84649)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
1 Dec
Oh gosh good luck to him..I have read some bad tales about going to Turkey for that.
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
2 Dec
@JudyEv Yes a few Irish guys went kaput..RIP and a woman getting some cosmetic surgery..not good RIP
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
I'm hearing more and more since I've written about it here.
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@LadyDuck (426407)
• Switzerland
29 Nov
Oh my goodness Judy, I hope he will change his mind, I have heard horror stories of people who went to Turkey and other Eastern countries for dental work. Most of them had terrible infections... the hygiene in Turkey is not good.
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@LadyDuck (426407)
• Switzerland
29 Nov
@JudyEv - I have met people at my dentist's cabinet who went to Slovenia. As they want to do everything in very short time not to keep people at a hotel for weeks, the implants often fell because the bone has not enough time to adjust to the implant.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
I would be worried about this too but I doubt we'd have any influence over his decisions.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
@LadyDuck That sounds a nightmare. This man is missing a tooth so it could easily be an implant.
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@wolfgirl569 (69685)
• Marion, Ohio
29 Nov
I have heard of that stuff before too.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
It seems crazy to me. I hope they do a proper job. No reason why they shouldn't of course.
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@RasmaSandra (61091)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Nov
Hey, that is the second time I heard this. My stepson along with his wife, went to Turkey just recently for him to get his teeth fixed. Their daughter who is school age, stayed in Latvia to go to school. What is the deal with Turkey? My teeth are really bad but I can eat and some are original and I don't think for the rest of my life I will ever get them in order but that is OK with me as long as they don't bother me but of course, my stepson is still a young man and he needs good teeth,
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
Maybe it's just that people know about Turkey. I'd worry about the work being up to scratch.
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@sallypup (53022)
• Centralia, Washington
28 Nov
That pup is so much like my dear Sally. Rufus loves to stretch like that then pull his hind legs all spread along the floor for a few minutes.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
Mostly it seems only certain breeds that do this.
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@arunima25 (78754)
• Bangalore, India
29 Nov
Chopper looks so relaxed and chill. Such things even make me wonder. Health care systems around the world have a lot to improve. It's a huge disparity.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
That's so true - such a huge difference in health care, wealth distribution and so much more.
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@arunima25 (78754)
• Bangalore, India
30 Nov
@JudyEv Yes, equality and no discrimination are still big talks. Reality has a lot of contrasts.
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@Neil43 (2521)
29 Nov
Oh I hope they have good services in Turkey. Turkey is popular with hair transplant.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
That would worry me - that the dentists might not be as 'professional' as they could be. That probably sounds very unkind but that would be my concern.
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@Beestring (9709)
• Hong Kong
29 Nov
Dental work is also expensive here too. People have the option to do it at government run dental office. But the waiting time is long. Is there government run dental office in Australia which offers cheaper service?
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
There used to be a dental 'school' where you could get work done cheaply. I presume it's still running.
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@GardenGerty (149135)
• United States
29 Nov
I am glad he will get it all fixed up.All of his teeth, that is. I hope he also has some fun things to do in Turkey, or some family to visit.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
I just hope the dentist isn't a cheap backyard guy who might do more harm than good.
@FourWalls (51107)
• United States
29 Nov
That is astonishing that it’s cheaper to fly to Turkey and stay there for a month than to have the dental work “at home.”
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
And especially from Australia. Turkey is exactly next door.
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@LeaPea2417 (35438)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Nov
I have heard of people going to other countries to have surgery because it is cheaper than here in the United States. I don't get it either. What city in Turkey is the man going to have the procedure?
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
I don't know what town he's going to. People go to Bali from here (it's very close) for various procedures too.
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@xFiacre (11470)
• Ireland
29 Nov
@judyev Oh beware of Turkish teeth. Sometimes it goes desperately wrong. If it’s cheap it may be too good to be true. People here go for “Turkish teeth” (and other bits too) and many horror stories are told. Hope it works out for Yasser.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
I doubt we'd have any influence over him but Fleur mentioned 'Turkish teeth' too. It's sounding more and more worrying.
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@LindaOHio (114177)
• United States
29 Nov
That's ridiculous! You shouldn't have to fly to another country to get affordable medical help.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
That is my thinking too. It all sounds terribly wrong to me.
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@Ada2021 (24)
• China
30 Nov
Unbelivable that the cost is so hig, it is very cheap in China.The global economy has been affected by the pandemic these years, maybe it will be better in the next two or three years.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
The poor are getting worse and worse off in Australia. Many people seem very greedy here.