…otherwise known as “medical tourism;” from Bob Wachter’s blog:
- available at http://www.the-hospitalist.org/blogs/wachters_world/archive/2009/01/12/as-insurers-begin-to-offer-deals-for-overseas-surgery-the-battle-is-joined.aspx. He writes:
Of course, sensitive to the politics, it is unlikely that any of them will flat-out force their customers/employees to travel to Thailand or Singapore. The pressure will be more subtle: with savings of tens-of-thousands of dollars per case at stake, there is enough money around to waive patient co-pays, give insurance discounts to employers, and cover travel expenses – including in-flight drinks and headphones – and still come out way ahead.
Wachter suggests the following reading: