Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 4897 from 2009/1/28
From: Delaware, USA
As the British routinely treat vacationing foreigners free of charge, that seems like to best option for medical tourism.
Visitors will receive emergency or urgent care pretty much anywhere in the European Union. But this does not mean you can just fly over and get all your teeth fixed for free (or that your average travel insurance will cover it).
Interesting comparison, Andre.
But, though the US coverage for dental plans is even worse than for major medical plans, it had never occurred to me to consider using European dentistry.
And even in the US, emergency room care is a given, in that we prohibit that anyone be turned away from these facilities due to an inability to pay or a lack of health insurance.
And, obviously, European countries can not make it too easy for foreign visitors to make use of subsidized health care. That would make them a target for medical tourism.
However, while its not an option for David, it is still pretty easy to obtain work permits/visas that will gain you access to those health care systems.
And, while our media tends to ignore it, many US nationals have recently decided to immigrate to other countries that offer public health care.
One example of that would be film director George Romero who even at his late age, has decided to apply for Canadian citizenship.
Also, considering our less the perfect system for providing for the health care needed by our elderly, Medicare, I'm not surprised you are not seeing more US citizens retiring to countries outside the US.
Actually, this might be occurring in greater numbers than I am aware of, but it is not something US journalists have focused on.
I'm sure that all of you have stories about the downside of government subsidized health care.
But I don't think you have any perspective on living in a country where, even if you are well insured, you may find your medical expenses leading to bankruptcy or that your insurance company has set a finite limit to the expenses they will cover leading to a denial of services.
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