Medical tourism

Singapore and surroundings

Singapore and surroundings (Photo credit: The Shifted Librarian)

Tonight on ABC World News, there was a short report on how difficult it is to find out in advance what a procedure will cost. Advocates of the current system frequently tell us to shop around. With insurance company restrictions and the unwillingness of hospitals to be forthcoming, comparison shopping is usually impossible. Tonight’s example was a routine appendectomy with a total cost of $50,000+. The insurer paid $30,000+ leaving the patient with a bill of approximately $23,000. When the surgery can be postponed for a few days or a few weeks, I would suggest considering medical tourism. That is flying first class to Thailand or Singapore or India where there are US standard medical facilities that charge a fraction of US prices. I have had expensive knee surgery and eye surgery here in the US and I was well insured as a hospital employee. I am still paying on old debts, and I would certainly consider medical tourism in the future.

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Myanmar

The 14 states and divisions of Burma

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President Obama has just announced that Hillary Clinton will visit Myanmar, formerly Burma, to see if the US and Myanmar can begin to normalize relations. I have been interested in this mysterious country for many years. For those of you who wish to begin learning more, I suggest two books: Burmese Days by George Orwell and Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan. Myanmar is a country of approximately 60 million people located between India/Bangladesh on the west, Thailand on the east and China to the north.