BOMBAY, India Â Bradley Thayer, a retired apple farmer from Okanogan, Wash., traveled 7,500 miles to get his torn knee ligament fixed, and says he paid a third of what it would have cost him in a U.S. hospital.So, if the US system is SUPPOSEDLY the envy of the rest of the world, why are more Americans traveling overseas for care? Why are more and more Americans seeking out prescriptions from Canada and Mexico?
And that included airfare to Bombay.
Thayer, 60, had no health insurance when he fell and injured himself while vacationing in British Columbia. He says his U.S. doctors told him he would have to wait six months for surgery and pay bills totaling $35,000.
The answer is obvious. They can get the same level of care for a fraction of the cost.