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Letter: More Americans will go overseas for surgeries

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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:00 am

John Lucas recently wrote a letter, “Obama’s health care will be better for everyone,” Oct. 5, where he implied that health care will be better for everyone under a single-payer system that Obamacare is gravitating towards.

He would have to be unaware of the dramatic increase in Medicare tourism involving people in America, Canada and England to perceive that. This would not happen if everyone was better off now. Clearly, people having to wait six months or more to get surgeries is unacceptable. Since each doctor is required to see up to 70 patients a day in single-payer systems, quality of care is lower. Internationally, these same surgeries can be performed quickly and professionally.

An example of such a destination made popular by single-payer systems like Canada and England (and now Obamacare) is Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand, which was voted as one of the top 10 hospitals in the world by the MTQA. It serves more than a million patients annually; more than 400,000 are internationals. It has been featured by CBS’s “60 Minutes,” NBC’s “The Today Show,” Time, Newsweek and other international press as a leader in medical tourism.

They have more than 1,000 physicians on staff, with 210 being board-certified in United States. As I type, there are many medical facilities under construction in anticipation of many more patients, thanks to Obamacare.

Other top destinations for affordable quality care internationally are: Fortis Hospital, Bangalore, India; Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon; Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore; Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, India; and Prince Court Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Darrell Baumbach


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