Skip to comments.How to Solve the American Health Care Crisis: With a little help from some Indians
Posted on 08/17/2013 12:09:06 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
America's health care problems could be solved through a collaboration of Asian Indians and American Indians. And a bus ride.
When I worked in finance, I had a generous health plan. Now I cant afford to pay the state-subsidized annual insurance premium of $6,924 (six months rent) myself. Despite my good health, my appendix could become inflamed at any time. Appendix removal surgery costs an average of $33,000 (house down payment). Any medical problem that cant be fixed with a pill could bankrupt me.
My friend Tikka exposed me to a more frugal solution. Tikka spends his days and limited money traveling Asia by foot or bicycle, and when he got a hernia, he flew to India to have it repaired. There he paid $300 (groceries for a month) for a surgery that would cost $29,880 (six acres of farmland) here. He was a medical tourista patient who travels abroad for cost-effective treatment for cancer, cosmetic surgery, or any large yet time-insensitive medical need. Some people travel to Belgium for hip replacement surgery, for example, because the same implant that is sold for $4,000 in Belgium can go for as much as $39,000 here. The savings are significant enough that U.S. citizens are willing to brave unfamiliar hospitals and recuperate from serious procedures away from their family and friends.
Of course, for some Americans, discounted foreign medical care is available close to home. San Diego residents can drive 20 minutes to Tijuana, Mexico, for 60 percent off tummy-tucks and cheap dental crowns. Some cross the border nursing broken bones. If the rest of the country were just an hour away from more affordable international care instead of a days flight from it, medical tourism would be feasible for not only time-insensitive health problems, but for emergencies and minor procedures....
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They always leave out the lawsuits.
Feel free. But DON’T come to my ER with your complication , post op infection etc etc.
I’m a patient of the VA health care system, so I won’t be showing up at your door unless I’m in a car crash or have an MI in your vicinity.
They haven't done their research.
Indian doctors are here.
I'll bet 10-15 % of the doctors in the Raleigh area are Indians. If you are looking for a doctor that will accept Medicare I can guarantee you will end up with an Indian doctor.
He wont.. I’ve personally seen and been to some of the hospitals in India. They are top notch and while for regular Indian they *are* expensive when converted to USD, to the average American they are still cheap and you do get a 1st class treatment. Not everything in India is backwards/un-sanitized.
The trouble is America hasn’t had a free market in health care for over 70 years, now.