It's been suggested that traveling to cheaper countries for health care .Truth is though if you're sick , you'll be in no shape to fly. Plus to to Asia where it's cheaper and competent, the first leg of the trip is 13 hours in the air just from LA , and for a cancer patient or stroke or heart condition, they might just expire in transit. Plus to enter these countries, passports, visa's and 'no previous run in with the law' would be required, Plus with the US reported a median personal income of $30,240 before taxes, how do you save for that $100,000 cancer treatment or even at discount the $50,000 bypass surgery. Plus there's much needed support from family or friends,much needed when you're sick , then hotel accommodation for god only knows how long, because in most cases you'll be to sick to immediately fly and that's after being released by the hospital. Plus for many mobility is a big problem. Not to mention the fear of flying especially over 13 hours in the air or just the fear of being away from your country and loved ones especially when you're sick and death could be loomimg, in a far away foreign land.
I get it, its being done by hundreds if not thousands of people, but i'd venture to say that for the most part it's elective surgery, like cosmetic etc. Not only that, WHY should an American have to fly half way around the world to a foreign country they've never seen before or speak the language, JUST to receive what should be a right , that being proper health care, that doesn't need credit or endless hoops to jump through before approval .
Why should a spouse have to decide between death and selling their home and leaving their love ones destitute or deeply in debt, just to receive proper healthcare treatment to live or be one of the 40 thousand uninsured Americans that die each year of treatable illness. You know what's sick, the systems sick, Americas society is sick , for allowing this to continue or even start in the first place. From what the republicans are now saying it's about to get much much worse.
Americans suffer , Americans die and needlessly ,all for the 'all mighty buck', so some sociopath corporatist CEO can look good in front of his or her sociopath shareholders and take home their salary of a million bucks a month, their blood money.