Heart disease is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of disease affecting the heart, including arrhythmias, heart infections, coronary artery disease and other serious medical conditions. Treatment for these conditions may include lifestyle changes, medications, medical procedures or surgeries. For American patients, especially those without health insurance, the cost of these procedures can be astronomically high and prevent patients from getting the lifesaving treatments they need for heart disease.
Fortunately, there are many hospitals around the world that offer a high standard of care at far more affordable prices. For example, a heart bypass surgery may cost $144,000 in the United States, but only $25,000 in Costa Rica. These lower costs are one of the main reasons patients are seeking medical care abroad in record numbers.