Medical tourism is becoming an increasingly viable source of more basic health care for some of those sidelined by the insurance system in America, where 47 million people are uninsured and many millions are underinsured. Now, Americans who live along the Mexican border are driving and even walking south in search of treatment that can cost half or less of what it does in the United States, says Newsweek.
The Mexican health care option is particularly appealing for Texans because the state has such a high uninsured rate. In 2004, it was 25 per cent, and along the border, the number is even higher. Incomes in the area are also low, so even when employers do offer insurance, the cost of medical premiums still may be prohibitive.
In response, American hospital chains are starting to buy into Mexico, says Newsweek:
Publish date: 10 December 2008
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