Recently I posted a survey on LinkedIn to ask my more than 5400 followers there if they believe Americans can afford to travel abroad for healthcare.

can americans afford cross border medical tourism


Here are some facts and figures to help you decide for yourself:

US Average Rent by Bedroom
  • Studio /Efficiency Apartment (one room + toilet) $1065/month
  • One Bedroom Apartment (private toilet) $1013
  • Two Bedroom Apartment (one Bath/toilet) $1245
Cost to own and operate a private car (Source: American Automobile Assn/ 2015)

The cost to own and operate a sedan in the U.S. was 60.8 cents per mile, or $9,122 per year, based upon 15,000 miles of annual driving, inclusive of fuel, tires, insurance, maintenance, loans, license, tax, registration, and depreciation

Average monthly food expenditure (Source: USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion)

The average monthly expenditure for a low-cost meal plan for a family of four in the United States is $786. For couple, $524 is the average

Average international economy airfare estimate

Average international airfare (2015) economy was (USD $50 + (miles* 0.11/mile)) = economy air price.
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Average price of a 4-star international hotel (

We use the EU per diem rates for cities around the world. Per diems cover accommodation, meals, local travel at the destination and sundry expenses.