Originally Posted by CanadaSue
Sadly, more & more of this type of story can be seen. The shortage of family doctors, again population, shortage of specialists, beds & an increasingly unhealty population is already having negative health consequences for people. This is only going to get worse:
Medical tourism from nations that are supposed to have wonderful government-run health care systems is not just on the rise; the numbers are exploding. Hospitals, clinics are hospitals are popping up like weeds all over the world. India, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and lots of other nations are now favored medical tourism destinations. There are specialist travel agencies and tour packages available. I expect to soon see cruises from the U.S. to Caribbean or Central American medical tourist locations one day soon. I am surprised it has not happened already (or maybe it has).
If I needed a hip replacement or something, I could see getting it done for one-tenth the cost by a U.S.-trained surgeon in Thailand, and then convalescing on at Thai beach resort, sitting on a lounger out on the sand with beautiful Thai women bringing me iced tropical fruit juices with little paper umbrellas in them.