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U.S. 'medical tourists' seek cheap health care abroad

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By Javier TOVAR

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I agree with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren here. What a shame that the citizens of the richest nation on earth cannot afford needed health care.

U.S. Republicans ought to be ashamed of themselves for opposing universal health care.

It's time to get U.S. health insurance out of the profits before people private sector and into the government's hands to manage on behalf of the people Japanese style.

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A friend had similar stomach surgery in the USA to help with weight issues. He nearly died, twice, due to complications. He did survive and has maintained his over 200lbs of weight loss for over 5 yrs now.

Certain types of surgery shouldn't be done as a tourist.

If universal health care would fix everything, why do Canadians become health care tourists?

I would love a single-payer system in the USA, but it isn't politically possible, since about 20% of the US economy is tied to health care. You'd better believe they will all vote against it.

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"It's sad that I have to come to another country" for the procedure, said Merrill, who drives a school bus in rural Arizona and is highly critical of the U.S. health system -- the most expensive in the world. "We shouldn't have to do that. That's crazy. And we're the only ones (with this system), and that is depressing."

What's truly crazy is that a woman that isn't morbidly obese nor suffers from weight related illnesses like diabetes, thinks that that she is entitled to drastic bariatric surgery in the U.S. at cheap cost.

Someone like her could lose weight by simply dieting and exercising.

Ludicrous to say the least.

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Hope all goes well for the tourists, there will be no million dollar (pesos?) malpractice recoveries in Mexico.

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The best healthcare system in the world, folks.

Or so they say.

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I was visiting my grandparents in one of those "awful" socialist countries in Northern Europe. I had to be hospitalized. Spent the night in the hospital. Saw multiple doctors, got medicine, got a bed and food, and when I was discharged the next day, I was billed the "awful" amount of $5 (five US dollars).

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"Someone like her could lose weight by simply dieting and exercising."

How long have you being practicing medicine?

The richest nation in the world; for some. Just as well that these despicable 3rd world countries don't discriminate against those that try to dominate them.

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"If I only could have done it in the U.S., (but) I can't pay that much money," she told AFP. "I just want to be healthy."

Eat less/healthier food and exercise.

I was visiting my grandparents in one of those "awful" socialist countries in Northern Europe. I had to be hospitalized. Spent the night in the hospital. Saw multiple doctors, got medicine, got a bed and food, and when I was discharged the next day, I was billed the "awful" amount of $5 (five US dollars).

Keep in mind the doctors, nurses, hospital staff and the medicine makers need to be paid or they can't do any of those things, and other people paid high taxes for your medical care.

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"U.S. Republicans ought to be ashamed of themselves for opposing universal health care."

We Taxpayers can't AFFORD it, because we're already paying for all the ILLEGAL ALIENS that are in the country getting what WE can't.

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@WA4TKG

We Taxpayers can't AFFORD it, because we're already paying for all the ILLEGAL ALIENS that are in the country getting what WE can't.

Agreed that this is a part of the problem that needs addressing.

I suggest that US government administers a universal health care system modelled after the Japanese system which, in my opinion, meets citizen's needs far better than the current US system. The system should in principle be paid for by everyone paying into the scheme.

Problem is that Republicans are so averse to anything that resembles socialism or big govt that they won't agree. I generally agree with their ideas but when citizen's basic needs are not met by the private sector govt must step in. That's one of the responsibilities of govt.

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You can also go to China for Spare body parts... obtained to order.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/17/china-is-harvesting-organs-from-detainees-uk-tribunal-concludes

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