Would you move to another Country for cheap health care?

Been told by a person that signs people up for Medicare that the U.S. have the most expensive health insurance in the world. This person is married to a foreigner that she and her husband gets real cheap health care in his country. Like a leg surgery here is like 10,000 and his country 400 dollars for the same care.
 

SeaBreeze

Endlessly Groovin'
Location
USA
Same as treeguy, I rarely see a doctor and even if I needed a serious operation or care, I would have it done in the United States. In no way would I move to another country for this, and definitely wouldn't go to Mexico for a quicky procedure....heard a lot of horror stories on that.
 

oldmontana

Member
Location
Montana
Been told by a person that signs people up for Medicare that the U.S. have the most expensive health insurance in the world. This person is married to a foreigner that she and her husband gets real cheap health care in his country. Like a leg surgery here is like 10,000 and his country 400 dollars for the same care.
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Like a leg surgery here is like 10,000

Like were? I do not buy that.
 

GreenSky

Member
Location
Las Vegas
It's interesting that foreign travel for medical care is becoming a big industry. You can indeed get procedures like hip replacements, etc at a much lower cost. It's really a huge industry. But I don't believe there is any better medical care than what we get in the US. And my health is worth a few bucks.

Many people in southwestern states go to Mexico for dental treatment. Some of my clients swear by it.

As for me, I'm on Medicare. And because I have a supplement rather than an advantage plan I can get the best of care anywhere in the 50 states. My cost for the month is about $175 for Medicare, supplement and a drug plan. I'm okay with that. Aside from an annual deductible under $200 and up to $20 to see a doctor, I really have no other out of pocket costs for my care.

Rick
 

GreenSky

Member
Location
Las Vegas
Well we get our health care FREE so there is nowhere cheaper..
No, you really don't. You pay high taxes for your "free" care. Hospitals are so overcrowded in England that patients stay in the hallway. There is a terrible shortage of nurses because they are paid so little. Same with doctors. When the government controls medical you can bet there will be problems.

So, you can please keep your "free" care. I prefer to get quality.

Rick
 

hollydolly

SF VIP
Location
London England
No, you really don't. You pay high taxes for your "free" care. Hospitals are so overcrowded in England that patients stay in the hallway. There is a terrible shortage of nurses because they are paid so little. Same with doctors. When the government controls medical you can bet there will be problems.

So, you can please keep your "free" care. I prefer to get quality.

Rick
Wow !! such vitriol, about a country you don't live in..:oops:. !! we don't pay any higher taxes than you in the USA (yes waiting lists are long and ''staying in corridors'' isn't ideal but it's only while waiting for admission, and simply because this is a very small Island we just don't have the space to build more and more hospitals for the influx of Immigrants who want to come here for FREE medical) ...and really you shouldn't believe everything you read in the media .

Do you see any of the Brits on here any more unhealthy than the average American?.. no, because our health care is just as good if not better than the USA at point of source....and we don't have to pay High insurance premiums to get it or have people so poverty stricken they cannot afford to have a much needed operation without potentially losing their home as happens in the USA .

Also remember many people have never worked a day in their lives, either through disability or sheer laziness, they get exactly the same quality of care that everyone who has paid into the Tax system gets, no difference.. does that happen in the USA..?

Equally we have an excellent Private medical system here too if we choose to pay out of pocket for our care, and no long waiting lists , and I can assure you our medical Insurance premiums would even scratch the surface of what you have to pay!!
 
Since it doesn't happen to be that easy to move to another country and become either a citizen or permanent visitor status, discussing this as a hypothetical question may not help anyone.

Unless you are married to a foreign-born resident or hold dual citizenship, it can be quite difficult to receive approval to become a foreign citizen. It took friends of ours two years to become permanent residents of Panama, and the wife spoke fluent Spanish (she was born/raised in South America). The basic medical care was excellent - most Americans seem unaware that a large percentage of foreign doctors and nurses receive their training in the U.S.

However, for difficult illnesses/operations and specialist care, Cuba is the center point for all of Central and South America. It's where everyone goes for critical care. It's how Castro's government survived all those decades of US embargo. The medical system for foreigners who pay that much-needed hard cash is extremely important to their economy. Their doctors are esteemed so highly that even Communist leaders from Europe and Asia have secretly gone to Cuba when they needed specialized treatments.
 
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Don M.

Well-known Member
Location
central Missouri
Statistically, the US health care costs are almost twice those of most other developed nations. However, many of those nations require much longer waiting periods, etc., for surgeries, and specialized care/treatments, etc., so there are tradeoffs...both pro and con. There are some nations which do a thriving business in "tourist" healthcare....Thailand, for one, which has a very good reputation for inexpensive heart care. IMO, our nation would be well advised to look at what works so well in other nations, rather than locking our people completely into our present "for Profit" system. I would consider going to another nation for a specific treatment, but would never consider moving permanently just for health care.
 

Packerjohn

Packerjohn
Location
Canada
Traveling in the US & staying with families, I have found that the people who 't like government health & praise the US system are those who have been in the military & of course are well taken care off. The rich or the well provided for have have never & will never understand the less privileged. Sad!
 

Packerjohn

Packerjohn
Location
Canada
Heard from one "old timer" that used to winter in Arizona that he will no longer go there. His reason, it will cost him $10,000 Canadian for 4 months health insurance. Don't know why he doesn't go to Mexico?
 


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