According to a new Gallup Poll, more and more Americans are considering medical tourism as an alternative to their pain, rather than waiting on Congress to overhaul our health care system and mandate a national delivery system. With approximately 50 million uninsured citizens and another 25 million underinsured, our system has simply priced too many people out of the market for common medical procedures such as cancer treatment, heart bypass, hip or knee replacements, and cosmetic surgery. As a result, many Americans have begun seeking treatment overseas, where the price of such procedures is a small fraction of the same treatment in the U.S.
According to the Gallup Poll, almost 30% of the respondents indicated that they would consider treatment abroad for medical procedures such as heart bypass, hip or knee replacement, cosmetic, and cancer.
When asked about their willingness to travel abroad for medical care without health insurance 51% of the respondents indicated that they would consider it, “assuming equal quality and significantly cheaper cost.”
The results of this poll indicate that more Americans are learning that medical tourism is a viable option to alleviating their pain without destroying their financial health.