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Australian man saves $85,000 by flying to India for dental treatment

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Neil McLean found out would have to spend close to $100,000 if he wanted his teeth fixed in Australia. He instead flew to India for his treatment.

Gold Coast-based Neil McLean faced a huge bill for his dental treatment in Australia.

After years of neglecting his dental needs and putting it off for other necessary expenses, Mr McLean was desperate to fix his teeth.

“I had a lot of issues. I needed extraction, root canal, crowns and implants. I had put them off for a very long time. By 2017, my mouth was aching on both sides and I could barely eat,” Mr McLean tells SBS Hindi.

A visit to the dentist and a little bit of homework later, Mr McLean found that a brand new set of ‘beautiful white teeth’ could set him back by $100,000.

Neil McLean

“Also, the wait was very long. I was turning 60 and after long years of putting it off due to other responsibilities like family and kids, I was desperate for it,” he said.

A friend who had recently got dental work done in India recommended he consider travelling there. 

“I got in touch with this dentist in Hyderabad. They asked for an X-ray of my mouth and quoted me $12,000,” he says.

Mr McLean flew to India in February 2018 for two weeks to get his ‘mouth fixed’.

“Over the two weeks, I got my extractions, root canal, crowns and bridged, implants and a little bit of cosmetic work done,” he claims.

He says the entire treatment along with airfare and hotel accommodation cost him $15,000.

Neil McLean
Neil McLean with his dentist, Dr Motiwala.

“I had a lovely time in Hyderabad. I did my homework, got references and had a lot of conversations with the doctor before I decided to go for it,” he says.

Mr McLean says he saved $85,000 and that is just one of the reasons that he smiles more often now.

“I have a mouthful of beautiful white teeth. I smile more often and it's infectious. The other day I was in a news agent’s shop and the guy had a really glum face. I smiled and he instantly lit up,” he says. 

Neil McLean

Mr McLean's tips when considering treatment abroad: 

- Do your homework

"Find out as much as you can - about their method, their facility, their people, their service, their cost, the duration," he says.

- Credibility

"It is important to find a credible doctor and a facility to do it. It is very very important," he says.

- Look for testimonials 

"Read as many testimonials of the place possible. More testimonials, especially from foreigners, the better. And you must know which are genuine and which are not," he says. 

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