Tag: Medical tourism

Are Americans going to be doing this soon, too?

As Obamacare ramps up and the left is hard at work pursuing their dream of having go options, the big money involved, and most importantly our choices and lifestyle, I think stories like this one need to be reflected upon:

(Reuters) – When Canadian house cleaner Marlene Trithardt needed a tooth replaced, she drove past her local dentist’s office in Alberta and flew to the beach paradise of Costa Rica – to save money. Trithardt is one of a growing number of North Americans who turn south for medical care lured by lower prices, contributing close to 0.8 percent of Costa Rica’s gross domestic product.

“I chose to come here because I find in Alberta the prices are about 80 percent higher than in Costa Rica,” says Trithardt, 57, who makes $30,000 a year. Her treatment will cost $4,000. But even including airfare, hotels and meals for two weeks, the total amount is lower than the $10,000 she said she was expecting to pay for the dental care alone in Canada.

In the bargain, Trithardt got to take a few days to visit Costa Rica’s national parks. Around 40,000 medical tourists visited Costa Rica last year, compared to 36,000 in 2010 and 30,000 in 2009. Most of them are American and Canadian, according to the country’s tourism institute, ICT.

If I remember correctly Egypt was also a popular place for Europeans that could afford it to go do their emergency medical procedures, cheaper than at home, and with a much shorter wait. Wonder how that’s looking now that Egypt has decided to go back to the way things were in the 15th century.

Anyway, the point here is simple: The only people that don’t suffer badly in the single payer system the left loves are the leaders and the few allowed to be rich or influential. Some are lucky enough to get the superior treatment at home,
some travel to where the influential get decent enough treatment compared to the serfs, and some, like the subjects in this article, travel to other places where government control hasn’t ruined medical treatment.

Having been to Costa Rica, I also need to point out that there is a sizable retirement community of Americans living like kings off their SS checks there, because the cost of living is so low. I might retire myself to Costa Rica if I ever get old enough to do that. I would not even have a problem making lake a bandit with the senioritas since I am fluent in Spanish.