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    Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    I was struck by the passing comment from a student I met over the week that his brother, a physician, was moving his practice from the U.S. to Costa Rica. His brother is driven by the desire to provide medical care to people who need it but enterprise is at the core of the decision. It seems that medical tourism is dramatically on the increase: Americans are going to Costa Rica for dentistry, cosmetic surgery, and other forms of medical service that are not typically covered by insurance in the U.S..


    When you are paying your own money, it matters whether a procedure is $20,000 or $250, and it is not entirely uncommon for the price disparity between the U.S. and Costa Rica to approach that level. Why? It goes without saying that Costa Rica is far less regulated that the U.S. system: the public system is socialist and awful but the private system is really, genuinely, and almost thoroughly private. So what this physician and his partners are expecting is to pick up many customers from the U.S. who are coming to this country to get their medical care.


    The irony is remarkable: Americans doing medical business with Americans in another country. As Richter points out, the final stage of socialism is emigration. The more the U.S. system is regulated and socialized and cartelized, the more we can expect sectors of this industry to emigrate in these strange ways.


    http://blog.mises.org/13013/medical-...nd-and-supply/

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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    Costa Rica has universal health care.
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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    Quote Originally Posted by The Bagel View Post
    Costa Rica has universal health care.
    Quote Originally Posted by OP
    Why? It goes without saying that Costa Rica is far less regulated that the U.S. system: the public system is socialist and awful but the private system is really, genuinely, and almost thoroughly private.
    It states that a public system exists and it's socialist. It's just a blog post, I did look a bit into Costa Rica's hospitals.

    It's clear that their government system must have some weaknesses (even though when researching a bunch of places said the public system was awesome) or the major private hospitals wouldn't exist. That they allow them to exist is great for the people in Costa Rica and for people visiting. The costs at these private hospitals are much cheaper than they are in the US...

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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    Interesting indeed.

    I think the thing that pisses me off the most about our slide toward socialism is the bullshit.

    Very few are the people who will actually stand up and say "Yes, I think socialism is the best way to go and I hope America embraces it."
    Just say it, and back it up.

    Sneaking it past us all isn't gonna go well, and kinda raises the question...if it's so awesome, then why is no one willing to claim it and back it up?
    Call it what it is and open it up to debate.

    If it's really such an awesome way to go, then bring it on, but back that shit up and sell me on it.

    Anyone here think socialism is preferable to capitalism?



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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    (you are right HG, misread that)

    I'd prefer a mix, honestly. There are some things that I don't trust corporations to not completely screw people over on with profit mongering(likewise I don't completely trust the government to to not be slow and tax mongering). Problem is our government is too resistant to actual change(Obama was elected, but still same shit going on, same incompetence, etc). I feel a more mixed socialist-capitalist blend could work if we could prevent our government from being total fucktards. Get rid of the two party system, have smaller parties and no primaries. Just feels like it may be an impossible task as that requires the current government to cede the slightest bit of power to the people.

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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    What the hell is a mixed socialist-capitalist blend?

    This isn't coffee.



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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    Not complete free market but not completely government owned/run either?


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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    Fuck me?

    I said this isn't coffee. Are you trying to tell me that this shit is awesome?

    I'll fucking kill you.

    Plus, I still don't get it. That's the kinda bullshit we have now, but it's only because our fall to socialism isn't complete yet and there's still traces of the private sector left over.

    Capitalism embraces abundance and socialism embraces scarcity.

    With freedom comes chaos. As long as man has an ego, there will be corruption.
    It's not the system, it never was or will be. It's always man.

    Crippling everyone down to the same level is no fix, even if it's a "blend".



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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    it's cause you have an abundance of black people in your country.

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    Actually, it's the black "leaders" who're little more than poverty pimps creating problems so the government can "fix" them for you.

    So yeah, kinda.



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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    you mean, you as in not me correct?

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    I mean "you" as in no-fucking-body.

    It's a huge hoax to gain, keep and control power. Nothing more.



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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    Saw someone post this "joke" on our newspaper's website today and thought it appropriate for this situation:

    The kids filed back into class Monday morning. They were very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship.
    Little Sally led off: "I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30," she said proudly, "My sales approach was to appeal to the customer's civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success."
    "Very good," said the teacher.
    Little Jenny was next: "I sold magazines," she said, "I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events."
    "Very good, Jenny," said the teacher.
    Eventually, it was Little Johnny's turn.
    The teacher held her breath....
    Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher's desk. "$2,467," he said.
    "$2,467!" cried the teacher, "What in the world were you selling"
    "Toothbrushes," said Little Johnny.
    "Toothbrushes," echoed the teacher,
    "How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?"
    "I found the busiest corner in town," said Little Johnny, "I set up a Dip & Chip stand, I gave everybody who walked by a free sample."
    They all said the same thing, "Hey, this tastes like dog doo-doo!"
    Then I would say, "It is dog doo-doo. Wanna buy a toothbrush?"
    "I used the governmental approach of giving you something crappy that they say is good, and then making you pay to get the crappy taste out of your mouth."

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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    That's fucking perfect.

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    Re: Medical Tourism: Demand and Supply

    Quote Originally Posted by TheZenMan View Post
    It's not the system, it never was or will be. It's always man.
    Truth.

    Elections don't address the cause. The system doesn't address the cause.

    What will cause real change? People who respect each other. People who don't envy what someone else has to the point of taking it. People who don't shoot each other. People who work hard. People who are honest. People who are caring. People who are polite. etc.

    I always get accused of being a utopian and anarchist. That's completely missing the point. It's like saying I'm irrational because I oppose murder. Yes I recognize murder happens but I'm not going to support it because the alternative is worse.

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    In otherwords, integrity.

    So until then, people like me have guns so various folks who lack integrity have something to think about before they prey on others.

    Maybe that's not ideal, but I'll endure whatever chaos comes with freedom to keep it.

    Same with the problem, the solution is man, not the system.



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