I also have no insurance and read this tip-to-tail. Late last year, I went the medical tourism route and had dental work done in Bangkok, Thailand. I will absolutely go back for more (plus I loved Bangkok). I wrote about the whole experience (with photos) here, if you're considering doing the same: http://www.jaunted.com/story/2011/10/11/125413/89/travel/Travel+Confessions%3A+'I+Was+a+Dental+Tourist+in+Thailand' Before that, I was traveling with a friend and she hurt her ankle and went to the ER in Dublin, Ireland. She was seen, treated and came out with crutches and didn't spend more than $200 total.