Via HISTALK, a really interesting column about people traveling to India for surgery. Essentially the total cost slightly exceeds the co-insurance for those with insurance and of course the cost is remarkably lower for the uninsured. The people featured are those in the 50-65 age group who are pre-Medicare and finding it harder and harder to get health insurance are the obvious candidates.
And of course they are the ones for whom the health insurance crisis is biting home, and the ones who will be the swing voters about this issue. I for one cannot believe that this group of Americans will accept that they all need to travel to India and pay out of pocket, over and above whatever catastrophic coverage they are also buying. So when a politician comes up with a believable universal solution, this type of story will be behind what gets it through the Congress.