Friday, August 10, 2012

Medical Tourism: Maybe not ready for Prime Time, after all

Over the years, we've been cheering on the relatively recent phenomenon of medical tourism. On the one hand, it's been a real blessing for folks stuck in a mediocre health care system. There, the question isn't price so much as quality (or lack thereof at home).

But what about folks with access to high quality, but perhaps also high cost, care?

As we predicted a few years ago, ObamaCare seems to have increased interest in less expensive, foreign-based solutions. These are not, however, without their own problems:

"[S]ometimes, cheap medical work can come with a high price -- as the recent case of a Florida woman illustrates ...  the implanted teeth were too large and were poorly aligned. Today, she claims, she is in constant pain, has bleeding gums, and can't eat solid food."

In fairness, we have but one side of the story here, and sometimes you get what you pay for.
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