My good friend, Amanda Haar, editor of the Medical Travel Today newsletter, where many of my blog posts have been published, reported this week on a Huffington Post.com article about the best havens for quality medical care overseas.
The article reported that the website, InternationalLiving.com, recently released its 2013 Health Care Survey, which detailed the top eight countries for quality medical care. Of the eight mentioned by InternationalLiving.com, five countries are in the Caribbean and Latin America region.
The five are: Costa Rica, Panama, Uruguay (new to me), Mexico, and Ecuador (also new to me).
While InternationalLiving.com’s article focuses on medical care for expats who are taking advantage of the lower cost, high quality health care offered to the citizens of these countries, it is reasonable to assume that such lower cost, high quality health care can be available to medical tourists as well, including those covered under the US Workers’ Compensation system.
As the world gets smaller, and as more and more people move to the US in search of better opportunities, even during a slow economic recovery, the American workforce will be more reflective of the natives of these and other nations in the region, as I mentioned in my earlier post, “No Back Alleys Here”.
So if that is the case, and if the cost of medical care is rising, then shouldn’t we here in the US take advantage of the lower cost, higher quality health care for our injured workers that is obtainable abroad?