Foreign Health Care Providers Compete With U.S. System
International health care providers seeking to attract U.S. residents to receive medical care abroad must be competitive with the U.S. health care system on price and quality, KPBS' "KPBS News" reports. Although the savings on health care procedures abroad "can be enormous" for uninsured U.S. residents, they also must consider physician training and experience, which can be "extremely variable" in other countries.
The KBBS segment includes comments from:
- Pedro Kuro, a surgeon in Mexico who specializes in lap band procedures, a less invasive type of weight loss surgery;
- Joseph Scherger, a board member of the San Diego County Medical Society;
- Paulo Yberri, director of Hospital Angeles in Tijuana; and
- U.S. residents who traveled abroad to receive medical care (Goldberg, "KPBS News," KPBS, 11/16).
In addition, KQED's "The California Report" on Thursday profiled a U.S. resident who is planning to travel to India for knee surgery.
The segment also includes comments from Arnold Milstein, chief physician at Mercer Health & Benefits and medical director of the Pacific Business Group on Health (Varney, "The California Report," KQED, 11/16).
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