In searching online for information on quality dental care in El Salvador I came across an interesting concept called "Medical Tourism". Medical Tourism is the practice of traveling abroad to receive medical and dental procedures. The concept is decades old in Europe and has been practiced for hundreds of years in Asia, but it's a fairly new idea for Americans. There are actually a number of companies out there that provide what I see as a "package" service that includes the care, hotel stay and expenses for a sort of "medical retreat." I find this quite interesting and can see the appeal for many Americans in a lot of different situations. I also think that besides the "retreats", word of mouth care is just as functional.
As I said there are many reasons why someone would want to travel to a foreign country to receive medical or dental services. The #1 reason is Cost Savings. Here is an excerpt from Medretreat that discusses why and how the savings can be so high in acquiring services abroad: