“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
This article is for all the naysayers and all the skeptics out there in the workers’ comp world who do not believe that it is possible to offer injured workers the option of seeking medical care in a medical tourism facility outside the US.
Many of you are old enough, as I am, to remember those thrilling days in the 1960’s when the US launched men into space, on their eventual way to the Moon.
Prior to the moon landing, the very idea of putting a man on the moon, and bringing him back safely to Earth, as JFK directed, was thought of as too complicated and impossible, but we did it.
Decades earlier, two young brothers from Ohio did something that humans had dreamed about for thousands of years, and that was also thought of as too complicated and impossible to achieve. Yet, every single day, millions of people fly around the world in jet planes, and usually arrive safely at their destinations, last week’s terrible crash in the French Alps notwithstanding.
There are many other wonderful achievements humanity has made that was once thought of as complicated, impossible or completely unattainable. Yet, we’ve split the atom, sailed under and above the sea, put satellites into orbit, and built the very computers like the one I am using to write this article.
Hey, we even figured out how to carry telephones in our pockets, and even the telephone was once considered impossible to exist.
And yet, despite all of these so-called complicated and impossible feats we have achieved, there are still small-minded, negative people out there in the workers’ comp world who dismiss the very idea of having injured workers going out of the country for medical care for surgeries such as knee surgery, back surgery, hip, shoulder, carpal tunnel, etc.
I hark back every now and then to the roundtable discussion I first cited in my white paper, and is re-quoted below:
Merrell: “…Can you see a role of medical tourism in workers’ compensation injury?”
Ludwick: “I could, if it were a long-term issue. Many workers’ comp issues are emergent,
so that would take out the medical tourism aspect. However,if it was a long-range issue,
I could see us involving workmen’s comp issues into that, or problems.”
Lazzaro: “I would support that. I don’t know the incidence, for example, of some of the orthopedic procedures that are non-emergent, such as knee or hip replacement, which would fall under workmen’s comp. But theoretically, a case could be made for that…”
None of these individuals could ever be accused of believing in a pipe dream, as they are well established members of their professions; Dr. Merrell having been the Chair of the Department of Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University before his retirement, and Linda Ludwick and Vic Lazzaro in the business world.
I think what is really going on here when people criticize this idea of mine is that they have a financial stake in the status quo, or they believe the system is so broken, that getting rid of it altogether and letting the worker suffer more agony is preferable to having government step in again to correct the problems.
In the nearly two and half years that I have been writing my blog, I have discussed rising hospital costs, physician shortages, average medical cost for lost time claims continuing to rise, outpatient costs rising, consolidation of hospitals that lead to higher costs, and a host of other plagues the health care system in general, and the workers’ comp system in particular, are dealing with.
Given all of that, and so many other issues, it would be logical to assume that alternatives to the current mess would be welcomed with open arms. But that is not the case, even when I cite cross-border WC in CA, the case in AZ with the Mexican truck driver, and the company in NC who sent 250 of their employees out of the country to get back surgeries, first sending one to India, then the rest to Costa Rica.
WHO ARE YOU KIDDING? DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT I DON’T KNOW THAT WHEN WORKERS WHO WORK FOR A FURNITURE MANUFACTURER NEED BACK SURGERY, THAT IT IS WORK-RELATED, AND THEREFORE A WORK COMP CLAIM?
I’m from New York. You can’t fool us for very long. We’ve seen and done it all.
So don’t tell me it is too complicated and impossible. We New Yorkers built the greatest city in the history of the world, and that too was once considered too complicated and impossible, and the globalization of health care, especially workers’ comp is no different.
The problem is between people’s ears and in themselves. They are either part of the problem or part of the solution. The choice is yours.
I am willing to work with any broker, carrier, or employer who is sick and tired of being bled by the Wall Street vulture capitalists and the entire medico-legal system known as workers’ comp, to save money, and to provide the best care for their injured workers or their client’s employees, while at the same time, helping to break the monopoly of the American health care cartel.
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