I had written a long post on this topic, but DreamHost went down before publishing it and I lost everything. Anyway, the Christian Science Monitor has an article describing how more people are traveling out of the country for healthcare, where service is less expensive. Some small companies are suggesting, requiring, or providing incentives for their employees to avoid the expensive United States healthcare system. Here’s an example:
Garrett’s medical care alone may save [his] company $50,000. And instead of winding up $20,000 in debt to have the operations in the U.S., he may now get up to $10,000 back as a share of the savings… His two operations could cost $100,000 in the U.S.; they’ll run about $20,000 in India.
Money leaving the United States can leave hospitals without money for medical research and for services for people who cannot afford insurance. Despite this, there’s a possibility outsourcing healthcare benefit the world in the long run. Organizations like the American Medical Association might disagree.
Have you ever traveled outside the United States for healthcare? Would you consider it now? If not, what would it take for you to consider it?
Updated February 10, 2011 and originally published September 13, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.