True Tales About Healthcare Abroad

Fri, 02/26/2010 - 5:45am

Mandatory bed rest. Dirt cheap deliveries. Ringworm beatdowns. Have illness will travel.

February 26, 2010

Can we all agree, there's something wrong when a person who's reluctant to drink a frozen margarita in Mexico City can rationalize getting a root canal in Tijuana? Or, that it's weird for a 24-year-old to consider the idea of scheduling her IUD implant surgery during a summer trip to England?

It's called medical tourism, traveling abroad to receive free or reduced healthcare. Sound crazy? It shouldn't, at least not to Lowcountry residents. One in six South Carolinians do not have health insurance, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Yet, roughly, 90 percent of the state's residents have internet access at home. Add those stats together and the answer is simple. Forget Medicaid, Charlestonians — Expedia yourself to better health. All you need is a passport, a plane ticket, and some gauze. We hear Bahrain is great for bypass surgery this time of year.

Of course, that would be funny if it wasn't true.

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