Crossing the border into Mexico and Canada isn’t just a prank that activists and Michael Moore stage to make a point about the expensive U.S. health system. And Americans aren’t just buying drugs abroad anymore.
The LA Times today has an interesting story on how growing numbers of Americans (about half a million) are heading across the border — even to developing countries such as Thailand and India — to get medical procedures done at a fraction of the cost and often under far more luxurious conditions.
Of course, even though the cost for these procedures is about half what would be paid in the US, it still takes money to do this. It’s probably unlikely that many of the 47 million uninsured and living on the edge are taking vacations to Singapore to have surgery.