Medical tourism: Maine man one of many patients heading overseas for cheaper surgery

Jeff Wheeler standing in front of a boat

Jeff Wheeler has always wanted to travel to Southeast Asia. He also happens to need shoulder surgery.

Next week, he’ll cross both items of his to-do list with a trip to Thailand. His itinerary concludes with a stint in a Bangkok hospital.

Wheeler, who lives on Westport Island, a small Lincoln County community in Sheepscot Bay, will pay roughly $9,000 for his shoulder replacement overseas, about 80 percent less than he would shell out in the United States.

He’ll also get to take in the sights after a preliminary CT scan in Bangkok, traveling to Vietnam to explore Hanoi, Da Nang and the tunnels of Cu Chi, an immense network of underground tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, before heading to the Cambodian temple Angkor Wat.

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