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Surgeons, Cleveland Clinic's Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute - Cleveland, Ohio, US

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Despite the high price of treatment, between 600,000 and 800,000 foreign patients opted for U.S.-based treatment last year, according to Patients Beyond Borders.

Renowned clinics that attract international patients include the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and Mayo Clinic, which has branches across Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

"A private U.S. hospital typically offers technologies and surgical expertise considered too expensive or too specialized for patients in many other countries," says Patients Beyond Borders on its website.

The Healthcare Bluebook, which helps U.S. patients find "fair" prices for healthcare, recommends a hip replacement, for instance, should cost around $22,606.

Patients Beyond Borders