Monday, September 30, 2013

OUTSOURCING HEALTHCARE

PURA VIDA
Johann Wagener  9-30-13

During my 6 year sojourn in Costa Rica I did not pick up much of the language but I did learn a lot about universal healthcare and how efficient it can be when government  serves it's people rather than pander to money grubbers who's priority is profit rather than attending to the sick.

Hard to imagine that a small Central American country provides better healthcare than the # 1 country in the world (or so we say).  Unlike outsourcing jobs companies can not only take better care of their employees but save money in the process. Maybe there's something to say about universal healthcare if American businesses are using it?

US Companies Consider 'Medical Tourism' a Health Care Option

And now, some American companies are considering outsourcing medical care, dubbed "medical tourism," as a health care option.

In the end, HSM said it saves money. Outsourcing medical care has saved it nearly $10 million in health care costs over the past five years, according to the company. Close to 250 of its employees have traveled abroad so far for medical care, and more are scheduled to go.

In the United States, Harwell's knee replacement would have cost more than $50,000. In Costa Rica, it costs half that amount at $23,531. In North Carolina, Guion's gastric sleeve surgery would have cost about $30,000, but in Costa Rice, it comes to $17,386. Both were placed in pristine rooms in state-of-the-art hospitals.