Americans going overseas for medical care

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    NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- "I was a walking time bomb. I knew I had to get on that plane if I wanted to be around to see my grandkids."

    Sandra Giustina is a 61-year-old uninsured American. For three years she saved her money in hopes of affording heart surgery to correct her atrial fibrillation. "They [U.S. hospitals] told me it would be about $175,000, and there was just no way could I come up with that," Giustina said.

    So, with a little digging online, she found several high quality hospitals vying for her business, at a fraction of the U.S. cost. Within a month, she was on a plane from her home in Las Vegas, Nevada, to New Delhi, India. Surgeons at Max Hospital fixed her heart for "under $10,000 total, including travel."

    Lower costs lure U.S. patients abroad for treatment - CNN.com
     
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    more Marxist bullshit.
     
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    You don't need fucking surgery to correct atrial fibrillation!

    Give me a break!
     
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    This is actually an excellent idea. From the link:

    We live in a global economy and we might as well embrace it. Sure, there will be more outsourcing of American jobs, but in the end we will become more competitive and the services will be better for all.
     
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    does one need a lobotomy to cure stupidity? chris wants to know.
     
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    So these insurance companies will not pay for procedured done by board certified, American trained physicians in state of the art hospitals...but they will pay for some unlicensed doctor to perform surgery in a fly infested hospital in downtown Calcutta?

    Its a great way for the insurance company CEOs to save themselves some money, at the expense of the patient's health.
     
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    Stupidity is learned.
     
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    Wow. What a load of misleading nonsense.

    Among the many far away places I have spent time in is India. Have been there many times and know New Delhi. It is a country populated with wonderful people, wonderful food, and other delights. It is also highly populated and a generally unsanitary place with the exception of various islands of wealth.

    A dollar can go a long way in India even in wealthy areas where one might find good healthcare facilities and skilled heart surgeons. But healthcare in India is not at all what is available in the US when comparing whole country to whole country. Realize that folks of Indian heritage may disagree, but that was my experience during the early 2000's.

    That said, as good as our healthcare is, it is expensive. There are lots of reasons for this of course. Nationalizing the system will not get at root causes in my view. The CNN article sounds a lot like a national healthcare agenda hit piece which is meant, as is the habit of the media, to mislead the public.
     
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    welcome to chrissy's marxist world.
     
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    That's the way it works. Companies cut costs to remain competitive. Corporate taxes are high, countless lawsuits increase insurance costs to ridiculous amounts, state-of-the art equipments costs lots of money, Americans demand the best medical care. It can't be sustained in the US. However, if our own government nationalizes healthcare, all bets are off.
     

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