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6 million Americans a year go abroad for medical procedures

Postby jonnygothispen » Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:18 pm

http://news.health.com/2009/04/08/traveling-treatment/

... said Devon Herrick, senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, in Dallas. “And in many countries, especially places like India, the quality is very high and the price can be up to 80 percent less expensive.”

... Traveling to other countries for medical care “is in its infancy,” Herrick said. “I don’t think any insurer is doing it in a major, major way. People are testing the waters slowly. Most of the interest really seems to lie with self-insured plans.”
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Postby david cohen » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:33 am

It's a global economy thing. And it's a money thing. If you have the money, you can get whatever treatment you'd like, anywhere. Many foreigners come to the US for medical treatment. Heck, many of the great physicians in India come to the US for training.
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Re: 6 million Americans a year go abroad for medical procedu

Postby jonnygothispen » Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:42 pm

david cohen wrote:It's a global economy thing. And it's a money thing. If you have the money, you can get whatever treatment you'd like, anywhere. Many foreigners come to the US for medical treatment. Heck, many of the great physicians in India come to the US for training.

WEDNESDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) — David Boucher celebrated his 50th birthday this year by jetting to Bangkok for his first colonoscopy.
There he was seen by a California-educated physician...
It's sort of like our system should be reformed, or something...
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Re: 6 million Americans a year go abroad for medical procedu

Postby johnfajardohenry » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:24 pm

One of the things you don't see much about is US doctors who practice in Mexico.

They continue to live in the US and commute across the border to run their practice in Mexico. There they see mainly US patients who cross the border to visit them.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2 ... rcing.html

One of the big factors is malpractice insurance. In some specialties, in some states like California, the cost of malpractice insurance per patient visit is $15-25.

That is before rent, lights, employee salaries, taxes and so on. Also before what the Dr has left over to take home to live on.

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Re: 6 million Americans a year go abroad for medical procedu

Postby jonnygothispen » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:02 pm

Cost of malpractice insurance/lawsuits in your bill: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/justice/hs.xsl/8686.htm

One of the principal myths surrounding medical malpractice is its effect on overall health care costs. Medical malpractice is actually a tiny percentage of health care costs, in part because medical malpractice claims are far less frequent than many people believe.

In 2004, the CBO calculated malpractice costs amounted to “less than 2 percent of overall health care spending.


Cost of profits and administrative costs from Health insurers in your bill are 11% (profits) and 25% - 30% administrative for a total of 36% to 41% of your medical costs. A move to single payer would bring that down to about 5% total.

http://www.citizen.org/singlepayer
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