A TikToker video showing the difference in medical care costs between the US and Turkey has attracted 2.8 million views, as has a comment on America’s healthcare system.
In her video, user @asdeliadoes, an Irish woman living in Georgia, reveals that she was quoted over $3,000 for a root canal treatment – and that’s after insurance coverage.
Rather than spend that money, @asdeliadoes booked a root canal from a Turkish dentist, a flight and a stay at an all-inclusive resort for just over half the cost she was quoted in America: $1,167. The root canal treatment itself cost $160, with around $800 spent on her flights and $200 on her seven-day hotel stay.
@asdeliadoes My dentist wanted $3099 for a root canal so I booked a week in Turkey to have it done here! Came to less than $1200. So now I’m getting a root canal and vacation 😂🇹🇷❤️ #turkey #lastminutetrip #manifestation #dental #kusidasi #graitude ♬ Original sound – Delia O’Malley
“I went to Dental Cosmetic Kusidasi,” she wrote in her comments section. “I can highly recommend them. I had two veneers done there in 2022 and they did a great job. Very professional!!”
With her bags packed and ready for her journey, @asdeliadoes tells her viewers, “I can’t believe I’m actually doing this.”
Commentators readily criticized the US health care system for its exorbitant prices.
“All ‘that’s not bad’ people are so brainwashed I swear,” one commenter wrote. “It’s bad. With insurance?! Guys. Come on.”
“America is so profit oriented that it’s sad that people go broke trying not to die,” wrote another commenter.
“Everyone defends that it’s for multiple services, not realizing that all those services still shouldn’t cost that much,” wrote one commenter.
Other commenters shared similar experiences going abroad for medical care.
“Why don’t people do this anymore?” wrote one commenter. “I went to Poland with three kids to have an implant, stayed in a hotel for a week, went shopping and still saved some money.”
“Canada here,” wrote another commenter. “No, dentistry is not treated here. My dad did the same but went to South America lol.”
“The American health care system is a joke,” wrote one commenter. “I will get my health care when I go home to Turkey”
The Daily Dot contacted @asdeliadoes via Instagram DM regarding the video.
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*Initial publication: May 28, 2022 at 10:26 am CDT
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/turkey-root-canal-cost/ TikToker flies to Turkey for root canal treatment to avoid US$3000 cost