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Traveling overseas for medical procedures is a growing industry—but is the cost savings worth the risk?

Cosmetic Surgery in Brazil

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The Botch Job: Usher’s soon-to-be-ex wife, Tameka Foster, had a much-publicized mishap at a non-JCI-accredited hospital in Brazil before undergoing a simple liposuction procedure. Foster, 38, went into cardiac arrest while being anesthetized, but was revived immediately by heart massage.

The Real Deal: Brazil’s devaluation of the real makes surgeries across the country dirt cheap and appealing. Brazil has 16 JCI-accredited hospitals and clinics but is plagued by a plethora of garage clinics, which should rarely be trusted, especially for surgery that requires anesthesia. (In the U.S., many malpractice cases are anesthesia related.)

Worst Medical Tourism Disasters

Cosmetic Surgery in Brazil

The Botch Job: Usher’s soon-to-be-ex wife, Tameka Foster, had a much-publicized mishap at a non-JCI-accredited hospital in Brazil before undergoing a simple liposuction procedure. Foster, 38, went into cardiac arrest while being anesthetized, but was revived immediately by heart massage.

The Real Deal: Brazil’s devaluation of the real makes surgeries across the country dirt cheap and appealing. Brazil has 16 JCI-accredited hospitals and clinics but is plagued by a plethora of garage clinics, which should rarely be trusted, especially for surgery that requires anesthesia. (In the U.S., many malpractice cases are anesthesia related.)

© Louise Gubb/Corbis
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