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    Medical tourism

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    Mr. Schreiner is what’s known in the health care world as a “medical tourist.” No longer covered under his former employer’s insurance and too young to qualify for Medicare, Mr. Schreiner has a private health insurance policy with a steep $10,000 deductible. Not wanting to spend all of that on the $14,000 his operation would have cost stateside, he paid only $3,900 in hospital and doctor’s bills in Costa Rica.

    “I didn’t have to fork over my entire deductible,” Mr. Schreiner said. “What’s more, they bent over backwards there to take care of me — no waiting, a friendly staff, everyone spoke English.”

    At least 85,000 Americans choose to travel abroad for medical procedures each year, according to a recent report by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Treatment includes dental implants, hip and knee replacements, heart valve replacements and bypass surgery. The cost of surgery performed overseas can be as little as 20 percent of the price of the same procedure in the United States, according to a recent report by the American Medical Association.
    The deductables of insurance companies are outrageous and, frankly, gouging. Reform is definitely needed, otherwise universal health care will be on its way in order to compensate. It's pretty sad when people have to fly overseas to be able to afford a procedure that could just as easily be funded in a way that supports the U.S. health system.

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    Medical reform would include tort reform and thats just not going to happen without the government ramrodding it. Costa Rica, Cuba, even the UK etc don't have the huge malpractice insurance costs to absorb unlike in the U.S. Someone left a clamp in you? No problem, they'll remove it right away...then you can get back to work. No complaints....allowed.

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    Re: Medical tourism

    Since you didn't post the link to the article (is this Breaking News anyway?), I'm just going to have to make an assumption about that high deductible. It's very likely the man is paying very low monthly premiums, and that's why his deductible is so high. It's a matter of personal choice, and he chose low premiums. Nothing to b*tch about there. It was likely a choice he made.
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    Re: Medical tourism

    Apologies! I meant to...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/21/he...r=1&ref=health

    There you go.

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