The hidden cost of cosmetic surgery holidays

The Australian healthcare system foots the bill when problems arise

Women who travel overseas for cut-price breast augmentation are costing the Australian health system an average $12,600 per person per year to address complications, a review shows.

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Clinics in countries such as Thailand offer cosmetic surgery holiday packages that can be $11,000 cheaper than Australian breast augmentation costs.

However, some women are returning with infectious complications such as sepsis and wound dehiscence, say researchers at Monash University, Melbourne.