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Five and a half years

Yesterday marked five and a half years since I began the blog.

To date, it has been viewed in over 100+ countries and had over 33,600 views, as shown in the image here:

The areas in grey represent those countries that have not viewed my blog, and as you can see they are mostly in Africa and part of the Mideast, especially Iran (but you would expect that).

Of course, there are exceptions, such as Greenland and those islands to the east of Greenland. Oh, and there is one other island that has not had any views: Cuba. And one nation that has been in the news of late: North Korea.

Still, I am very happy and grateful for all the views, wherever they come from, but some have surprised even me. Take for instance, the Palestinian territories, China, Vietnam, and those in the northeast part of Africa. Even Saudi Arabia (do they know I am Jewish?)

Thank you all for the past five and a half years, and once again, I’d like to invite you to reach out to me whenever you want to discuss an article, or have something to add. I want to get to know my readers better.

Lower Cost, High Quality Health Care is Nearby

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?