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Overseas Operations

Got your beach towel and sunglasses? Check. Novel you’ve been dying to dive into? Check. Passport? Check. Cane or walker, doctor’s number, and cash for surgery? (What?)

That’s right: If you’ve been busy collecting this stuff, you may be a patient who is part of a growing trend called medical tourism — Americans traveling abroad for surgeries, treatments and procedures instead of having them done here at home.

“I drove right up to Canada to get my Lasik eye surgery several years ago,” Mary Anne Donaghey, a wife and mom who lives in a suburb of Boston, told LifeZette. “I researched the Canadian doctor and the treatment protocol, and when it came down to it I could not ignore the cost — it was over 50 percent cheaper than here in U.S. It ended up being a great experience.”