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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN HEALTH CARE?

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This may seem strange, but believe it or not, offshoring patients is becoming more and more popular. And if we don't deal with the health care worker shortages in the US, this is where we're headed.



Here's a clip from the 60 Minutes story covering the story as well.







Thanks Calouste for sending this interesting story.



[Update: Another reader found an interesting clip on medical tourism in India that's worth a look.}



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  1. Another Voice's Avatar
    WOW this is eye opening!! I have heard of retirement resort towns under construction in Baja Mexico with this sort of idea as well targeting baby boomers. Also Prescription drugs are cheaper I think this sort of thing is going to take off.
  2. sleepless_in_seattle's Avatar
    Greg,

    India's catching up as well. See:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CM13EeAMSQ
  3. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    >>Greg, India's catching up as well. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CM13EeAMSQ
  4. 's Avatar
    OMG this is great but scary at the same time, what will happen to us here in the US if they decide to outsource hospitals ? then the nurses would rather stay in their home countries than subjected to a horrendous US immigration system which they treat you like a criminal or terrorist unless proven inocent . In this day in age we cannot really afford to think like we still live in the 1950's, I hope the anti foreigners/immigrants will realize this, imagine eating a formaline laced tomatoes or beta radiated oranges from China, and you got sick then you have to go Thailand for treatment.
  5. Alex's Avatar
    The cost of being old is prohibitive and the cost will not go down, at least not significantly, if we import more physicians and nurses from 3rd world countries or countries in development.

    Dentists are plantiful where I live, but many chose to go to Mexico to fix the teeth, or they do it while they are visiting old country, wherever that might be.
  6. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    I also expect to see this trend start to affect university education. But that's a more complex area because US schools have been on a spending spree over the last several decades and their status in the world has been pulling further ahead. But the costs for most middle class families has skyrocketed. Ironically, foreign students - who receive no financial aid - are subsidizing their American counterparts. But I also expect to see American students increasingly looking to study abroad where foreign student costs are still much less than in the US.
  7. vg's Avatar
    here is my personal story ..

    it's not comparable to the cbs60 minutes story or not to gross out with my tooth story ..but

    I had bridge /root canal plus few other dental work to do , after insurance the dental office told it cost whopping 2565$.

    I am from India and decided to take 2 week vacation and part of the vacation I went to dentist and he fixed everything for 200$.total cost =1350 tkt+ 200 = healthy teeth, still saved nearly 1000$.i love so many things in this country but few things such as health and dental care getting out of our league

    Greg, as always appreciate your hard work

    VG
  8. John's Avatar
    Thank you for bringing such nice posts.
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