- May 31, 2011 4:49 pm
on Foreign Policy’s website today about outsourcing U.S. healthcare to other, cheaper (pretty much every country on the planet) countries as one method for reducing American healthcare costs. For example
, rather than paying for a knee replacement procedure that costs over $10K in the States, offer the patient the choice of having it done for $1,500 (including travel!) in India or Hungary. It saves the U.S. taxpayer money, adds a little competition for the ridiculous U.S. system, plus gets the patient a nice little vacation.
Having been the
lucky recipient of numerous medical procedures in both the U.S. and South Korea (spend enough time riding a motorcycle in Seoul
and you’ll have a similar opportunity), I can say without a doubt I have no problem with this idea. The treatment I received in Seoul, under Korea’s government-run medical system (the horror!), was cheaper, faster, and equal-to, if not better, than treatment I have received in the States. Add a free vacation to the deal and who wouldn’t be interested?
Off the top of my head: the last trip I took to the dentist in the U.S., with
health insurance, cost me $70 out of pocket (plus whatever insurance paid) just for the cleaning. The last time I went to the dentist in Korea it cost me less than $30 and included removal of a wisdom tooth. The last visit I made to a hospital in Seoul was a trip to the emergency room for x-rays after a motorcycle accident. The total time in the hospital, including consultation, x-ray, reading of the x-ray, and prescription, was less than 30 minutes. The cost? $20.