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Old 04-26-2010, 07:25 AM
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'I can't afford surgery in the U.S.,' says bargain shopper

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When Godfrey Davies learned he needed surgery to remove polyps blocking his nasal airways, the self-described bargain shopper set out on a mission to find an affordable surgeon. He quickly learned a good deal is hard to find.

"The total numbers they were throwing at me were just incredible. I couldn't believe it," he says.

Davies, who is semiretired from his real estate business and uninsured, says he received estimates from two surgeons. When hospital, anesthesia and incidental fees were all tallied, the cheapest price he could find in Indianapolis, Indiana, was $33,127 -- which he would need to pay out of pocket.

"I was speechless." Davies recalls. "It was absolutely out of the question financially for me to have this done under those circumstances."

Frustrated that his bargain shopping saved him so little, Davies called on family in the United Kingdom for assistance. When they told him they had found a private hospital in Wales that would perform the surgery for $2,930 [or 1,897], Davies didn't think twice.

He purchased a $768 round-trip ticket, and on March 18, he boarded a flight to the UK to have his polyps removed there at a savings of nearly $30,000.

Medical tourism on the rise

An estimated 878,000 Americans will travel internationally for a medical procedure this year, according to a report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. That number is expected to nearly double by 2012.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/04/26...ex.html?hpt=C1
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:22 AM
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Believe me, thats pretty darned cheap for the Country dude.

And yes, a lot of people do flock over here for the private healthcare, never understood why though


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Believe me, thats pretty darned cheap for the Country dude.

And yes, a lot of people do flock over here for the private healthcare, never understood why though


I agree with you, even our private health care or branded medication in France doesn't cost that much compared to the US.
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