Then why do people in those countries come to the US to receive healthcare?
#51 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER AT 2015-07-24 12:26 PM | FLAG: PPPFFFFFTTTT!!!
It is not as if people are leaving their countries in droves to pay a visit to the US for healthcare. The only people that travel to the US for healthcare are the one's wealthy enough to afford it.
A better question to ask yourself if US healthcare is so freaking wonderful is why do Americans travel to other countries to seek affordable health care? Check out the cost of dentistry on US borders north or south when they compete with doctors and dentists "otra lado". Why do people buy medications from Canada?
The US is not the only stopping point for those seeking premier health services. Plenty of other countries boast top notch medical performers who are internationally sought out. Wealthy Americans will fly in doctors from other nations if they want to.
Factoid: The wealthy go where ever they want to get the best healthcare they can afford. Its one of the things that makes being wealthy so desirable.
The US excels cancer treatment but overall the rest of the healthcare system is generally mediocre and when a cost analysis is done compared to other industrialized countries it is pretty pathetic.
If you think number and availability of CAT machines increases the quality then why do countries that don't have nearly as many have similar or better life expectancies as ours? Why do other countries have lower infant mortality rates?
Middle and working class people from the US travel to places like India, Brazil, Mexico etc to get things like hip replacements, heart valves etc... because it is cheaper than getting them done in the US... even when airfare and accommodations are factored in.
Not only have US patients seeking a price break for medical procedures helped subsidize hospitals and clinics in places like Thailand what we pay for pharmaceuticals in the US enables other countries put a price cap on what they are willing to pay. So the pill popping masses here in there US buy from foreign pharmacies and the US gets screwed twice. To add further insult Big Pharma has plenty of dough to wine and dine lobbying rabble and keep the status quo.