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If the quality ratings were as high or higher than in the U.S. and the total cost (including travel) was 50% less, would you travel to another country to have surgery? (UserQ)

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optimist6 Fort Wayne, IN
06/07/12 6:53 am

That also depends on where I need it 0.0

06/05/12 7:06 pm

Yup, I already do that!

BabyBoomer Illinois
06/03/12 9:33 pm

Depends on the country and the surgery.

06/03/12 9:07 pm

That depends. When do I need it?
And don't let patriotism get in the way of statistics, pilot.

05/31/12 7:51 am

Depends on the country... Most importantly I would prefer something close to home just because having surgery in general comes w risk! If something happens I want family to be there if a major decision needs to be made! Just because I can afford to fly to another country doesn't mean family can :-/

05/30/12 12:22 am

Uh no pilot, you're wrong. Try some statistics. Most expensive, lower quality then other counties. Fact not opinion.

05/28/12 11:59 am

Wert, you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about!! Your ignorance is astounding

05/27/12 8:14 pm

But I would if it was life saving and the quality improved. Other than that, no

05/27/12 8:11 pm

Probably not. I would stay there to recover because I wouldn't want to get infections or anything while traveling. Overall I think it would b a hassle and my family wouldn't be able to see me!

Wert A picture of my junk
05/27/12 3:50 pm

Contrary to popular belief, the US HC system is actually among the worst when it come to doctors. Yes, we have good facilities, but our physicians aren't trained to maintain your health, anymore. They are trained to run a profitable business.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
05/27/12 11:39 am

Researching surgical "firsts" and statistics on outcomes makes me think it might be smart to travel to get work done even if the cost is the same. An added benefit is that my health insurance, the biggest in the U.S., treats all overseas providers as "preferred".

05/27/12 9:17 am

We have a shitty healthcare system, I'm not talking about obamacare so repubs can shut it about that. Overall our healthcare system is way below many other countries. Sad.

PurpleAsh Nowhere Land, CO
05/27/12 9:05 am

@fawlkes the question does say its 50% cheaper including travel costs.

05/27/12 6:34 am

Why not pretty much everything is being outsourced thanks to big business. Next thing in the U.S. we'll be outsourcing citizenship.

05/27/12 6:24 am

Lol repubs wouldn't go cuz we have great healthcare :)

If its a surgery that doesn't require me to go back. For check ups then yea

2ndafe Flat lands of Ohio
05/27/12 4:47 am

the premiss or this question is laughable.

Fawlkes Colorado
05/27/12 2:02 am

You realize you are probably paying for the traveling too right? Traveling ain't cheap, idk depends on the cost of the surgery IMO, also i'd rather not be away from home for something that beds me for weeks

canecorso Las Vegas Nv
05/26/12 11:57 pm

Nope I don't even want to leave my country on a vacation. Everytime we do I have anxiety attacks.

05/26/12 11:31 pm

@sheriffcar - wow, you're soooo incredibly I'll informed about the rest of the world and medical advancements that it's kind of sickening...

mrcoyote Casa Grande
05/26/12 11:27 pm

Depends on the country but in most cases hell yeah

05/26/12 10:45 pm

Kind of a dumb question.

05/26/12 9:31 pm

Only Canada. Although its less expensive, if there are resulting complications, I'd rather return to the dr. who performed the procedure for follow up. Less likely to be the quality of follow up needed if performed in another country due to travel and other expenses, or different standards of care.

05/26/12 9:29 pm

Very simple for me: if I can afford it I'd do it here to support US business but if not I'll look out for number one.
After all, it would be a decision between either NOT getting it done or getting it done elsewhere.

05/26/12 9:22 pm

Flooded, if you saved 50% on the surgery, you'd then have the other half of your money to spend on other things.

Flooded Virginia
05/26/12 9:17 pm

I'm all about supporting the USA, but at the same time, if something is half as expensive somewhere else... That's a big difference. 10% price difference? eh, maybe. but 50%? That's a lot of money.

kandykane California
05/26/12 8:57 pm

I suppose for something minor, I might go, plus it's an opportunity to travel somewhere new. But only if the doctor spoke English.

kandykane California
05/26/12 8:53 pm

Well I said no because I wouldn't really want to be getting a surgery in the first place unless it was urgent and/or life threatening. And I'm guessing that if that happened then I probably wouldn't have all that much time to hop on a plane to another country.

GringaTica Texas
05/26/12 8:33 pm

Planning to go this year to Costa Rica this year for LASIK for my husband. Third trip to the country, not worried at all. Also I'm fluent in Spanish and we'll be there 2 weeks.

wirenerd Somersworth
05/26/12 8:03 pm

Only if it was an English speaking doctor/country. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to understand anyone.

05/26/12 7:51 pm

What part of this question support the US economy? All those that would go elsewhere for their goods and services need Not complain about the economy in the US. They are contributing to the poor state of the US economy....

glyiker America
05/26/12 7:26 pm

Surgery is now supposed to be cheap

05/26/12 7:21 pm

I'd do that w/ far less criteria than stated- 90% of the doctors here don't speak English anyway

05/26/12 7:10 pm

Id go to brazil for plastic surgery

05/26/12 7:10 pm

The question was worded funny. I had to read it twice. Of course i do have a headache

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
05/26/12 6:56 pm

Will my insurance cover this cheaper surgery?

05/26/12 6:43 pm

No. No one has better doctors than the us.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
05/26/12 6:22 pm

As good or better for half the cost? Of course, assuming the country isn't one of the ones that's risky for Americans to visit, this one really is a no-brainer.

cup0pizza .
05/26/12 6:17 pm

Sure, but I'm pretty invincible & impervious to malady or ailments.

optimist6 Fort Wayne, IN
05/26/12 5:43 pm

Totally depends on the country. I don't want Afgans messin in my body lol.

SwolePatro Georgia
05/26/12 5:34 pm

Any question that begins with if is a waste of my time

05/26/12 5:18 pm

Only if the rateings were good and believable, and they had been around for a while

05/26/12 5:15 pm

Hell yeah! Better quality for less money...

mixhead Oregon
05/26/12 4:57 pm

Recently had some fantastic, cheap dental work done in Thailand. So yes. Dental plus vacation. Win win.

05/26/12 3:03 pm

nothing like having to fix those Mexican,Greek and Yugoslav, dental implants. yup you got a great deal now you can't eat and are in pain.

05/26/12 3:02 pm

I live 30 minutes from Johns Hopkins Hospital. I can probably get any surgery I would ever need for the price of 3 or so gallons of gas plus surgery costs.

sgeisler18 Illinois
05/26/12 2:13 pm

If it were a surgery that was not approved of in the USA or it was life-saving and I couldn't afford it in America, yes. If it were a minor surgery that I could afford or insurance covered, then no.

hippiedude fields of green
05/26/12 2:02 pm

I would not want to drive to canada or fly across the ocean to get surgery. Life saving surgery, maybe, but something not so bad, probably not

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